2018 Sponsors


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Architas aims to meet the demands of the ever changing complex financial and regulatory climate. Through our range of risk profiled, income generating and specialist funds of funds, we aim to meet the challenges faced by today's investor. As a business we recognise the importance of working in partnership with our advisers and have built a range of tools, which are designed to support them and their clients throughout the investment journey.

As part of the global AXA Group, our clients can rest assured that we are built on solid foundations but maintain the flexibility and entrepreneurial dynamism of a smaller company. Launched during the difficult markets of 2008, Architas has seen strong growth with assets under management and under advisory totalling £23 billion.*

*Data correct as at 30 June 2017. Please note that Architas is 100% owned by the AXA Group but it has no legal right of access to the assets of the AXA Group. Our previous company performance is not a guide to how we will perform in the future.

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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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 Established in 1989, Lansons is one of the UK’s leading reputation management and strategic communications consultancies; specialising in corporate, media and political communications. We help our clients achieve their objectives by communicating more effectively with customers, investors, employers, policy makers, regulators and the wider public. 

Our consultants are experts in media, investor, political, regulatory, employee, digital and international communications, delivering exceptional advice and the best creative ideas, based on decades of experience and unrivalled sector knowledge. We don’t believe in silos, but we do believe in the value of specialist skills and expertise. We pride ourselves on our approach. We believe that the best reputations are built on ideas and communications that successfully combine your business goals with the needs and interests of the people you want to reach. And our approach works. We have won over 90 awards for the powerful campaigns we deliver for our clients, and we have been named ‘agency of the year’ 16 times. 

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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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As a global investment manager, we help institutions, intermediaries and individuals across the planet meet their goals, fulfil their ambitions, and prepare for the future. But as the world changes, so do our clients’ needs. That’s why we have a long history of adapting to suit the times and keeping our focus on what matters most to our clients.
Doing this takes experience and expertise. We bring together people and data to spot the trends that will shape the future. This provides a unique perspective which allows us to always invest with conviction. We are responsible for £430.2 billion (€488.3 billion/$577.3 billion)* of assets for our clients who trust us to deliver sustainable returns. We remain determined to build future prosperity for them, and for all of society. Today, we have 4,100 people across six continents who focus on doing just this.
We are a global business that’s managed locally. This allows us to always keep our clients’ needs at the heart of everything we do. For over two centuries and more than seven generations we’ve grown and developed our expertise in tandem with our clients’ needs and interests. 

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Scottish Widows

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 wouldbe happy to deal with.*

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

This meanswe’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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