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Lieke Braadbaart

Online Writer
Published: 22/03/2018

Last night, at a jam-packed awards ceremony that took place in the prestigious Royal Lancaster London hotel, the winners of the 2018 Business Moneyfacts Awards were announced.

More than 700 industry professionals from leading financial institutions and trade bodies were present in the hopes of hearing Claudia Winkleman announce their company's name. Thanks to diligent research by Moneyfacts experts, we can be sure that those companies and brokers who won, or received highly commended or commended trophies, are truly the best in class.

Each eligible organisation was scrutinised so that only those who throughout the last 12 months have consistently offered the most competitive products, the highest service levels and shown the greatest innovation in the business and commercial finance world were deemed worthy of the various trophies available.

Lee Tillcock, editor of Business Moneyfacts, said: "Another year of political uncertainty has not stopped the continuing revival in the business finance sector. The last 12 months has proven to be more profitable for many businesses and as the appetite for funding grows, brokers and providers have embraced the opportunity to boost trading and growth levels.

"An air of confidence has been apparent in the business finance sector and the 18th annual Business Moneyfacts Awards ceremony will once again celebrate and reward those who have offered the best products and services. A continued commitment to quality and product choice, as displayed by the worthy finalists and eventual winners of these awards, is of paramount importance."

So, whether you're interested in opening a business current account or looking for a buy-to-let mortgage provider with excellent service, have a look at the table below to see who's been crowned in these categories and more.

Best Business Current Account Provider   Best Business Variable Rate Deposit Account Provider
Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: HSBC
Commended: Lloyds Bank
  Winner: Nationwide Building Society
Highly Commended: Aldermore
Commended: Hampshire Trust Bank

 

Best Business Fixed Account Provider   Best Charity Banking Provider
Winner: Hampshire Trust Bank
Highly Commended: Cambridge & Counties Bank
Commended: United Trust Bank
  Winner: The Co-operative Bank
Highly Commended: Unity Trust Bank
Commended: CAF Bank

 

Best Franchisee Banking Provider   Best Online Banking Provider
Winner: Allied Irish Bank (GB)
Highly Commended: Metro Bank
Commended: NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland
  Winner: HSBC
Highly Commended: Santander
Commended: Lloyds Bank - Online for Business

 

Best Business Card Provider   Commercial Finance Specialist Distributor of the Year
Winner: Barclaycard Commercial
Highly Commended: Santander
Commended: HSBC
  Winner: Crystal Specialist Finance
Highly Commended: Brightstar Financial
Commended: Charleston Financial

 

Best Buy-to-Let Mortgage Provider   Best Service from a Buy-to-Let Mortgage Provider
Winner: BM Solutions
Highly Commended: The Mortgage Works
Commended: Accord Mortgages
  Winner: Aldermore
Highly Commended: Foundation Home Loans
Commended: Keystone Property Finance

 

Buy-to-Let Mortgage Broker of the Year   Best Commercial Mortgage Provider
Winner: Mortgages for Business
Highly Commended: Mortgages & Insurers Solutions
Commended: The Buy to Let Broker
  Winner: Shawbrook Bank
Highly Commended: Lloyds Bank
Commended: NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland

 

Best Service from a Commercial Mortgage Provider   Commercial Mortgage Introducer of the Year
Winner: N&P Commercial Mortgages
Highly Commended: Barclays Bank
Commended: Shawbrook Bank
  Winner: Watts Commercial Finance Ltd
Highly Commended: Christie Finance
Commended: Mantra Consultancy and Capital Limited

 

Best Bridging Finance Provider   Best Service from a Bridging Finance Provider
Winner: Together
Highly Commended: Precise Mortgages
Commended: Octopus Property
  Winner: MT Finance
Highly Commended: Funding 365
Commended: United Trust Bank

 

Bridging Finance Introducer of the Year   Best Development Finance Provider
Winner: Brightstar Financial
Highly Commended: Adapt Finance
Commended: Pure Commercial Finance Ltd
  Winner: Octopus Property
Highly Commended: Amicus
Commended: Masthaven

 

Best Service from a Development Finance Provider   Development Finance Broker of the Year
Winner: Aldermore
Highly Commended: Regentsmead
Commended: Go Develop
  Winner: Arc & Co Structured Finance Ltd
Highly Commended: Finance 4 Business
Commended: Pure Commercial Finance Ltd

 

Best Factoring & Invoice Discounting Provider   Best Service from an Invoice Finance Provider
Winner: Close Brothers Invoice Finance
Highly Commended: Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance
Commended: Bibby Financial Services
  Winner: Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance
Highly Commended: igf
Commended: Investec Capital Solutions

 

Invoice Finance Broker of the Year   Best Leasing & Asset Finance Provider
Winner: Hilton Baird Financial Solutions
Highly Commended: Touch Financial
Commended: Beacon Finance Limited
  Winner: Lombard
Highly Commended: Investec Asset Finance
Commended: Hitachi Capital Business Finance

 

Best Service from an Asset Based Finance Provider   Asset Finance Broker of the Year
Winner: Investec Asset Finance
Highly Commended: LDF
Commended: Hitachi Capital Business Finance
  Winner: B2B Cashflow Solutions Ltd
Highly Commended: Asset Finance Solutions (UK) Limited
Commended: Bluestone Leasing

 

Best Business Motor Finance Provider   Best Alternative Business Funding Provider
Winner: Hitachi Capital Business Finance
Highly Commended: Investec Asset Finance
Commended: Close Brothers Motor Finance
  Winner: Kuflink
Highly Commended: Boost Capital
Commended: Catalyst Finance

 

Best International Solution Provider   Business Product Innovation of the Year
Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: HSBC
Commended: HPD Software
  Winner: Octane Capital (Bespoke lending approach)
Highly Commended: Funding 365 (Short Lease bridging)
Commended: Go Develop (100% funding model)

 

Innovation in the SME Finance Sector   Business Start-up Bank of the Year
Winner: Fleximize (comparison tool)
Highly Commended: Hitachi Capital Business Finance (Hire Purchase initiative)
Commended: Thincats (SME Targeting Model)
  Winner: Barclays Bank
Highly Commended: Santander
Commended: Lloyds Bank

 

Best Service from a Business Bank   Business Bank of the Year
Winner: The Co-operative Bank
Highly Commended: Aldermore
Commended: Lloyds Bank
  Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: Barclays Bank
Commended: Lloyds Bank
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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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