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Published: 17/03/2017
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The annual Business Moneyfacts Awards is the highlight of the business finance calendar, and last night, 2017's winners were crowned at a ceremony held at the prestigious Lancaster London hotel.

Hosted by Romesh Ranganathan, the event welcomed over 600 industry professionals from leading financial institutions and trade bodies, all of whom were eager to hear who the winners would be. Those winners can justly be proud of their achievement – the awards are presented to companies and brokers who have consistently offered the most competitive products, the best levels of service and shown the greatest innovation in the business and commercial finance world over the last 12 months.

But it isn't all about the companies – it's about their customers, too. If you're in the world of business finance and are in the market for a new commercial mortgage, for example, need a bridging loan to plug a funding gap or simply want to know who can provide a top business credit card, looking for a company that proudly displays our Business Moneyfacts Winners' logo means you'll be getting a product you can trust.

"The seventeenth annual Business Moneyfacts Awards has recognised those providers, brokers and trade bodies that helped to make the previous twelve months more positive for businesses," said Lee Tillcock, editor of Business Moneyfacts. "While the last year has proven somewhat unpredictable on a political level, it has been profitable for many businesses, as well as their broker and finance providing partners.

"While challenges remain, there is little doubt that the levels of choice and willingness to find real funding solutions both improved throughout the year. The need to continue the good work that has been started is vital, and a continued commitment to quality and product choice as displayed by the worthy finalists and eventual winners of these awards is of paramount importance."

A full list of the winners is displayed below, but you can find more information on them and the awards themselves on our website. Congratulations to all, and we'll see you next year!

Best Business Current Account Provider Best Business Variable Rate Deposit Account Provider
Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: Lloyds Bank
Commended: NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: Cambridge & Counties Bank
Highly Commended: Aldermore
Commended: Hampshire Trust Bank
Best Business Fixed Account Provider Best Charity Account Provider
Winner: Hampshire Trust Bank
Highly Commended: Aldermore
Commended: Cambridge & Counties Bank
Winner: The Co-operative Bank
Highly Commended: CAF Bank
Commended: Lloyds Bank
Best Franchisee Banking Provider Best Online Banking Provider
Winner: Allied Irish Bank (GB)
Highly Commended: HSBC
Commended: NatWest/ Royal Bank of Scotland
Winner: Lloyds Bank - Online for Business
Highly Commended: Santander
Commended: HSBC
Best Business Card Provider Commercial Finance Specialist Distributor of the Year
Winner: Barclaycard Commercial
Highly Commended: American Express
Commended: HSBC
Winner: Brightstar Financial
Highly Commended: Crystal Specialist Finance
Commended: Finance 4 Business
Best Buy-to-Let Mortgage Provider Best Service from a Buy-to-Let Mortgage Provider
Winner: Virgin Money
Highly Commended: Accord Mortgages
Commended: Platform
Winner: Aldermore
Highly Commended: Fleet Mortgages
Commended: Foundation Home Loans
Buy-to-Let Mortgage Broker of the Year Best Commercial Mortgage Provider
Winner: Mortgages for Business
Highly Commended: London & Country Mortgages
Commended: One77 Mortgages
Winner: Shawbrook Bank
Highly Commended: Lloyds Bank
Commended: N&P Commercial Mortgages
Best Service from a Commercial Mortgage Provider Commercial Mortgage Introducer of the Year
Winner: N&P Commercial Mortgages
Highly Commended: Shawbrook Bank
Commended: Aldermore
Winner: Christie Finance
Highly Commended: Watts Commercial Finance
Commended: Omega Commercial Solutions Ltd
Best Bridging Finance Provider Best Service from a Bridging Finance Provider
Winner: Together
Highly Commended: Amicus
Commended: Octopus Property
Winner: MT Finance
Highly Commended: Ortus Secured Finance
Commended: Funding 365
Bridging Finance Introducer of the Year Best Development Finance Provider
Winner: Specialist Finance
Highly Commended: Adapt Finance
Commended: Vantage Finance
Winner: Octopus Property
Highly Commended: Regentsmead
Commended: United Trust Bank
Development Finance Broker of the Year Best Factoring & Invoice Discounting Provider
Winner: Arc & Co
Highly Commended: Pure Commercial Finance
Commended: SPF Private Clients
Winner: Close Brothers Invoice Finance
Highly Commended: Bibby Financial Services
Commended: Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance
Best Leasing & Asset Finance Provider Best Business Motor Finance Provider
Winner: Lombard
Highly Commended: Investec Asset Finance
Commended: Aldermore
Winner: Hitachi Capital Business Finance
Highly Commended: Close Brothers Motor Finance
Commended: Aldermore
Best Service from an Asset Based Finance Provider Asset Based Finance Broker of the Year
Winner: Investec Asset Finance
Highly Commended: LDF
Commended: Aldermore
Winner: Touch Financial Support
Highly Commended: Hilton Baird Financial Solutions
Commended: B2B Cashflow Solutions
Best Alternative Business Funding Provider Best International Solution Provider
Winner: Funding Circle
Highly Commended: Catalyst Finance
Commended: ThinCats
Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: Lloyds Bank
Commended: Smart Currency Business
Business Product Innovation of the Year Innovation in the SME Finance Sector
Winner: Kuflink Bridging (20% P2P funding)
Highly Commended: Santander (Working Capital Loans)
Commended: Lloyds Bank (Capped Rate Loan)
Winner: Amicus (Intelligent Cashflow)
Highly Commended: ThinCats (Loan grading system)
Commended: Brightstar (EasySource)
Business Start-up Bank of the Year Best Service from a Business Bank
Winner: Barclays Bank
Highly Commended: Santander
Commended: Lloyds Bank
Winner: The Co-operative Bank
Highly Commended: Aldermore
Commended: Shawbrook Bank
Business Bank of the Year
Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: Lloyds Bank
Commended: Barclays Bank

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