NACFB reveals winners of Commercial Broker Awards 2021

The winners of this year’s NACFB Commercial Broker Awards have been announced at a ceremony held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

Hosted by World Cup winning rugby legend, and former BBC Question of Sport presenter, Matt Dawson, the awards recognise excellence within the commercial finance broking community and present the NACFB with an opportunity to thank its Members for their ongoing commitment to supporting UK SMEs in their quest for finance and growth.

Sponsored by Shawbrook Bank, the ceremony included a drinks reception, a three-course meal and a game of Heads & Tails to raise funds for the NACFB’s chosen charity, Young Lives vs Cancer.

Inundated with entries from sole-traders, regional players and national brokerages, this year the 14 awards categories were hotly contested which made for a lively discussion and heated debate amongst the independent panel of judges who agreed that the standard of submissions was exceptionally high.

Commenting on the judging process, Norman Chambers, managing director at the NACFB said: “It was an extremely difficult task, despite having clear criteria against which to measure the entries.

“I’m very grateful to the judges for their commitment and dedication to the job and would like to congratulate not just the winners and those who were highly commended but all the firms who took the time to enter.”

The winners and highly commended are:

Asset Broker of the Year

Winner: PMD Business Finance

Highly Commended: Alpha Asset Finance

Bridging Broker of the Year

Winner: Finance 4 Business

Highly Commended: Mantra Capital Group

Broker Innovation Award

Winner: Synergi Partner Finance

Highly Commended: Lime Consultancy

Buy-to-Let Broker of the Year

Winner: Mortgages for Business

Highly Commended: Vantage Finance

Cashflow Broker of the Year

Winner: Reach Commercial Finance

Highly Commended: Go-Factor

CBILS Broker of the Year

Winner: Halo Corporate Finance

Highly Commended: Bathgate Business Finance & Christie Finance

Commercial Mortgage Broker of the Year

Winner: Watts Commercial Finance

Highly Commended: Mantra Capital Group

Deal of the Year

Winner: South West Business Finance

Highly Commended: Zoom Finance

Development Broker of the Year

Winner: Sirius Property Finance

Highly Commended: Finance 4 Business

Factoring & Invoice Discounting Broker of the Year

Winner: TSF Finance

Highly Commended: Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions

Leasing Broker of the Year

Winner: Lease UK

Highly Commended: Synergi Partner Finance

Rising Star of the Year

Winner: James Danks, Finance 4 Business

Highly Commended:
Jake Batham, Crown Business Finance,
James Wood, Charles & Dean,
Claudine Reynolds, Blaise Commercial Finance

SME Champion Award

Winner: Approved Business Finance

Highly Commended: PMD Business Finance

Sole Trader of the Year

Winner: Icthus Consultants

Highly Commended: Bridgedevelopment Property Finance

The judging process

Each judge was assigned up to three categories and asked to choose their top three entries for each based on strict criteria. Brokers had to provide clear evidence of adding value to clients. In particular, the judges looked at where a broker had applied innovative structuring on a complex or difficult deal alongside taking into consideration the impact on the client’s business, the lender-broker dynamic, and the ability to get a deal over the line. The same criteria were given to Members who chose to submit an entry.

To determine the winners and the highly commended, the judges’ selections were combined with the votes from NACFB lender Patrons. To ensure fairness, a maximum of five representatives from each Patron was entitled to vote in each category.

The external judging panel included:

  • Ryan Fowler, Publishing Editor, Mortgage Introducer
  • Lee Tillcock, Editor, Moneyfacts Group Plc
  • Bob Lefroy, CEO & Group Editor, Business Money
  • David Newborough, Head of Audit and Business Services, Ashgates Corporate Services Ltd
  • Russ Lewis, Specialist Director, NACFB
  • Simon Goldie, Director of Advocacy, Finance & Leasing Association
  • Alex Waterman, Principal, Invoice Finance & Asset Based Lending, UK Finance
  • Alicia Pattihis, Partner, Philip Ross Solicitors
  • Robin Skuse, Editor, Broker World
  • Vic Jannels, CEO, The Association of Short Term Lenders Limited
  • Ray Cohen, Director, Jackson Cohen Associates

The NACFB wishes to thank both Member and Patrons for their support and participation in this prestigious event.

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