2017 Sponsors


AXA Investment Managers

AXA Investment Managers is an active, long-term, global, multi-asset investor focused on enabling more people to harness the power of investing to meeting their financial goals. By combining investment insight and innovation with robust risk monitoring, we have become one of the largest asset managers in Europe with ambitions to become the chosen investment partner of investors around the world.  With approximately €747bn in assets under management as at end of March 2017, AXA IM employs over 2,350 people around the world and operates out of 29 offices in 21 countries. AXA IM is part of the AXA Group, a global leader in financial protection and wealth management.

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comparethemarket.com launched in 2006 and has grown rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading price comparison websites. Providing customers with an easy way to make the right choice for them on a wide range of products including motor, home, life, travel and pet insurance as well as utilities and money products such as, credit cards and loans, comparethemarket.com works with the best and most trusted organisations to ensure quality service to consumers.

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Direct Line

Started in 1985, Direct Line became the first UK insurance company to use the telephone as its main channel of communication. It provides motor, home, travel and pet insurance cover direct to customers by phone or on-line.

Direct Line general insurance policies are underwritten by U K Insurance Limited, Registered office: The Wharf, Neville Street, Leeds LS1 4AZ. Registered in England and Wales No 1179980. U K Insurance Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority.

Direct Line and U K Insurance limited are both part of Direct Line Insurance Group plc.

Customers can find out more about Direct Line products or get a quote by calling 0345 246 3761 or visiting www.directline.com.

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First Direct

first direct

first direct is the bank that does things differently. The bank that never closes. The bank with real people answering the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're the bank that changed what being a bank means - we're not over there, on the high street, we're right here, on your mobile or laptop. We're first direct. While we're famous for our phone service, there's much more to first direct than that. We launched our PC Banking service in 1997, we were Text Message Banking in 1999, and Internet Banking in 2000. We were the first UK bank with a Twitter account.

We offer the things that most banks offer – current account, savings, cards, mortgages, loans, and insurance – we just try to offer them a different way. first direct handles around 140,000 telephone calls every week, however more than half of all products are taken out via digital channels, and almost 90% of customer contact is via a digital channel. We’re at 1.35 million customers (and growing) and more than 1 in 4 of our customers joins because of personal recommendation.

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HSBC serves c17 million customers in the UK and employs approximately 43,000 people. In the UK, HSBC offers a complete range of personal, premier and private banking services including bank accounts and mortgages. It also provides commercial banking for small to medium businesses and corporate and institutional banking services. HSBC Bank plc is a wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc.

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Lansons is a full service strategic consultancy, specialising in corporate, media and political communications. We provide clients with true integrated consultancy, where we are able to look at their business from all angles and provide a 360 degree perspective – each account is composed of a dedicated team of consultants brought together to best serve a client’s needs and give them the best possible advice. We help our clients achieve their objectives by communicating more effectively with their customers, investors, employees, policymakers, regulators and the wider public. We work with a diverse range of clients. From our heritage in financial and professional services we have diversified to work across sectors resulting in clients ranging from governments to some of the world’s leading consumer brands. Our clients trust us to meet every one of their communications challenges, whether that’s tackling complex regulatory and policy issues or creating high impact campaigns to change customer or employee behaviour.

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M&S Bank

M&S Bank

M&S Bank launched in 2012, on the foundations of M&S Money, which was established in 1985 as Marks & Spencer Financial Services, to bring the trusted Marks & Spencer brand values to banking. M&S Bank offers a broad range of financial services products including the M&S Current Account, travel money, and a range of loans, savings and general insurance products.

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Nationwide is the world’s largest building society and for the last 170 years it has been run for the benefit of its 14 million members and customers. Being a building society means that it is free to reinvest more of its profits to improve the products and services it offers. The Society is one of the largest savings and mortgage providers in the UK. It is also a major provider of current accounts, credit cards, ISAs and personal loans. Customers can manage their finances in a branch, via the mobile app, on the telephone, internet and post. The Society has around 18,000 employees. Nationwide's head office is in Swindon with administration centres based in Northampton, Bournemouth and Dunfermline. The Society also has a number of call centres across the UK.

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Sainsbury's Bank

Sainsbury’s Bank provides a range of Best Buy financial products including credit cards, savings and loans, good quality, competitively priced car, home, pet, travel and life insurance. The Bank also has more than 200 Travel Money bureaux at Sainsbury’s stores across the UK and a large ATM estate. Sainsbury’s was the first major British supermarket to open a bank, commencing trading in February 1997.
Our strategy is to offer Sainsbury’s shoppers consistently great deals and rewards enabling them to benefit from quality financial products which offer good value while also saving them money every time they shop in Sainsbury’s.

• We have access to around 24 million customer transactions per week
• We sell our products and services through multiple channels, including in-store, by telephone and online
• We regularly win consumer and industry awards for the competitiveness of our products, our compelling customer offers, and our high standard of customer service.

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Schroders is a global asset management company with £416.3 billion under management as at 31 March 2017.

Our clients are major financial institutions including pension funds, banks and insurance companies, local and public authorities, governments, charities, high net worth individuals and retail investors.

With one of the largest networks of offices of any dedicated asset management company, we operate from 37 offices in 27 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

Schroders has developed under stable ownership for over 200 years and long-term thinking governs our approach to investing, building client relationships and growing our business.

We are proud to be sponsoring the Best Investment Journalist category at the Headlinemoney Awards 2016. These award highlight the talent within the financial journalism industry we are pleased to be able to support an event which recognises excellence in this field.

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Scottish Widows200

Scottish Widows

Scottish Widows plc is here to help the UK plan for later life.

We've been helping people plan their financial futures for over200 years and to this day, it remains what we do. In 2014 Scottish Widows was one of the leading pensions and annuity providers in the UK which people would be happy to deal with.*

And in 2014, Scottish Widows was the financial provider with the highest consideration for pension products in the UK.*

This means we’re making a real difference in the lives of our 6.4 million customers. Whatever your life plan, Scottish Widows can help you lead the life you want, both today and tomorrow. Because life feels better when you have a plan.

*Source: Hall & Partners Brand Tracker 2014. Data based on 3,439 adults(ABC1C2), responsible for making financial decisions.


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Vitality is the innovative and rapidly growing health and life insurance business that enables people to understand more about their personal health, rewards them for healthy living and protects them when things go wrong. Vitality pioneered the ‘shared-value’ insurance model, a unique approach based on the scientifically proven principles of behavioural economics. It helps members take a more active role in managing their own wellness, encouraging them to develop healthy long-term habits that are good for them, good for the company and good for society. Should they need to claim, Vitality members also have the reassurance of best-in-class cover, including medical care that offers a Full Cover Promise and serious illness protection covering nearly four times as many conditions as other providers.

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