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Consumer Moneyfacts award winners 2014 announced

Consumer Moneyfacts award winners 2014 announced

Category: Money

Updated: 24/01/2014
First Published: 24/01/2014

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Last night the 2014 Consumer Moneyfacts Awards took place in a glittering ceremony at the HAC in London. The evening event celebrated the best of the consumer finance industry, highlighting those providers who excelled in customer service and offered the best value, technically sound and most beneficial products.

Industry professionals from leading financial services and utilities organisations gathered at the event, hosted by comedian Mark Dolan, to hear who would be crowned as the best "all-rounder" in each category.

There were delighted winners, disappointed losers and a few unexpected results thrown into the mix, creating a memorable event for those attending. The best part about the awards is that the winners are chosen based on sincere and honest customer feedback, meaning these are results that consumers can trust.

Sylvia Waycot, publishing director at Moneyfacts Group, said: "We are delighted with the response which saw over 94,000 individuals wanting to have their say, making this the largest and most influential annual survey of its kind."

So, who managed to excel?

As might be expected, there were a few well-known names doing the rounds. Nationwide Building Society took home two awards, one for Current Account Provider of the Year and one for High Street Savings Account Provider (as well as coming Highly Commended in two other categories), while first direct also pocketed two – this time for Current Account Switching Provider and Online Banking Provider.

It wasn't all big names, however, and it was encouraging to see some lesser-known providers and even a few newcomers given a mention.

EDF Energy may have won Energy Provider of the Year but smaller firm Co-operative Energy was hot on its heels by coming Highly Commended, an accolade which its sister company Co-operative Insurance achieved in the Home Insurance Provider category.

Zopa, meanwhile, a relative newcomer to the finance scene and pioneer of peer-to-peer lending, was awarded Personal Loan Provider of the Year as well as Best Customer Service, an award which they can be particularly proud of given that it covers the breadth of the consumer finance industry.

It proved to be a great event for all concerned and, given that these awards were all about the consumer, Moneyfacts gave a little something back to three lucky individuals. Everyone who took part in the survey was entered into a prize draw to win £1,000, and those winners have since been contacted and the cheques sent in the post.

We spoke to those winners to see how they felt when they realised they won and what exciting things they were going to do with the money.

Tony Ellis, from Torquay, said:

"I couldn't believe it! I enter a lot of competitions and fill out surveys all the time and you always think maybe one day you may get something back – and now I have. I was so surprised.

"It's my grandson's 16th birthday in a few weeks time and he wants a music centre, and my wife is off to Dubai with a friend in March so that will give her a bit more spending money. With what's left I may treat myself to something nice."

Isle of White-based Vincent Ryde plans to treat his wife to a romantic trip:

"I was very pleased that I filled out the survey. I'm taking my wife to London for the weekend for Valentine's; we're going to a comedy club."

Richard How, from Bedfordshire, was so surprised he doesn't yet know what to do with it!

"I was very surprised, it was totally unexpected. I have no idea how I'm going to spend it at the moment but I will enjoy it. It's just turned up this morning and I'm going to pop over to the bank in a moment," he said.

Well, here at Moneyfacts we hope they enjoy their winnings. Congratulations to all the winners of the awards – providers and consumers alike!

Pet Insurance Provider
of the Year

Car Insurance Provider of the Year

Winner: Animal Friends

Highly Commended: Petplan
Commended: Helpucover
Winner: Hastings Direct

Highly Commended: LV=
Commended: Churchill

Health Insurance Provider
of the Year

Travel Insurance Provider of the Year

Winner: PruHealth

Highly Commended: Aviva
Commended: AXA PPP healthcare

Winner: Holidaysafe

Highly Commended: AA Insurance Services
Commended: Direct Travel Insurance

Travel Money Provider
of the Year

Prepaid Currency Card Provider of the Year

Winner: ICE

Highly Commended: Halifax
Commended: ICICI Bank UK

Winner: Post Office

Highly Commended: ICE
Commended:Travelex

Cashback Site
of the Year

Discount Voucher Site of the Year

Winner: Quidco

Highly Commended: TopCashBack
Commended: imutual

Winner: LivingSocial

Highly Commended: Groupon
Commended: Wowcher

Home Insurance Provider
of the Year

Energy Provider of the Year

Winner: LV=

Highly Commended: The Co-operative Insurance
Commended: MORE TH>N

Winner: EDF Energy

Highly Commended: Co-operative Energy
Commended: E.ON

First Time Mortgage
Buyers' Choice

High Street Mortgage Provider of the Year

Winner: Yorkshire Building Society

Highly Commended: HSBC
Commended: Halifax

Winner: HSBC

Highly Commended: Nationwide Building Society
Commended: Yorkshire Building Society

Remortgage
Buyers' Choice

Personal Loan Provider of the Year

Winner: Halifax

Highly Commended: Woolwich from Barclays
Commended: Skipton Building Society

Winner: Zopa

Highly Commended: Sainsbury's Bank
Commended: Nationwide Building Society

Credit Card Provider
of the Year

Current Account Provider of the Year

Winner: MBNA

Highly Commended: Halifax
Commended: Barclaycard

Winner: Nationwide Building Society

Highly Commended: Bank of Scotland
Commended: first direct

Current Account Switching
Provider of the Year
Student Account Provider of the Year
Winner: first direct

Highly Commended: Nationwide Building Society
Commended: M&S Bank

Winner: Lloyds Bank

Highly Commended: HSBC
Commended: Halifax

High Street Savings
Provider of the Year

Online Savings Provider of the Year

Winner: Nationwide Building Society

Highly Commended: Yorkshire Building Society
Commended: Virgin Money

Winner: GE Capital Direct

Highly Commended: first direct
Commended: NS&I

ISA
Provider of the Year

Online Banking Provider of the Year

Winner: Aldermore

Highly Commended: Virgin Money
Commended: Nationwide Building Society

Winner: first direct

Highly Commended: Nationwide Building Society
Commended: Barclays

Accessibility Award

Best Customer Service

Winner: Barclays Bank

Winner: Zopa

Highly Commended: MBNA
Commended: Animal Friends

What Next?

Find out more about this year's Consumer Moneyfacts Awards

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

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