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Lieke Braadbaart

Online Writer
Published: 20/09/2018
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Last night, at a glamorous ceremony that took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane, comedian Josh Widdicombe announced the winners of the 2018 Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards. With 44 awards categories and great entertainment, there were many smiles on display.

More importantly, whether you're looking for the best protection adviser or a top-notch pension service, the list of awards winners can be a great place to start for anyone looking to make use of the investment, life or pensions sectors. The yearly Awards recognise those companies that have consistently offered the most competitive products and the highest levels of service, as well as those that have shown the greatest innovation during the last 12 months.

Winners are chosen based on both the analytical expertise of Moneyfacts' research team and the readership of ILP Moneyfacts magazine, which is comprised of independent financial advisers from throughout the investment, protection and pension fields. This year's winners list comprises of some big names, such as Canada Life, Legal & General and Scottish Widows, as well as lesser-known providers that you may want to consider.

"By recognising those companies that have consistently delivered premium products, service and innovation over the last 12 months, the Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts Awards give a true measure of industry-wide excellence," commented Richard Eagling, Editor of Investment Life & Pensions Moneyfacts. "The rigorous process by which the winners are decided ensures only the very best providers and advisers have been honoured at this year's awards."

You can find the list of winners, which range from Best Annuity Provider to Best Equity Release Service, below.

Best Personal Pension Provider   Best SIPP Provider
Winner: Aviva
Highly Commended: Royal London
Commended: Prudential
  Winner: InvestAcc
Highly Commended: Xafinity
Commended: AJ Bell


Best SSAS Provider   Best Group Pension Provider
Winner: Rowanmoor
Highly Commended: Barnett Waddingham
Commended: Whitehall Group
  Winner: Scottish Widows
Highly Commended: Royal London
Commended: The People's Pension


Best Income Drawdown Provider   Best Equity Release Provider
Winner: Prudential
Highly Commended: Royal London
Commended: Canada Life
  Winner: Canada Life
Highly Commended: Pure Retirement
Commended: Just


Best Annuity Provider   Equity Release Adviser of the Year
Winner: Canada Life
Highly Commended: Just
Commended: Hodge Lifetime
  Winner: Key
Highly Commended: Viva Retirement Solutions
Commended: Bower Retirement


Retirement Adviser of the Year   Best Stocks & Shares ISA Provider
Winner: Strategic Solutions Chartered Financial Planners
Highly Commended: Berry & Oak
Commended: UNIQ Family Wealth
  Winner: Santander
Highly Commended: Zurich
Commended: Old Mutual Wealth


Best Investment Fund Provider   Best Investment Trust Provider
Winner: Old Mutual Global Investors
Highly Commended: Invesco Perpetual
Commended: Premier Asset Management
  Winner: JP Morgan Asset Management
Highly Commended: F&C Investments
Commended: Baillie Gifford


Best Multi-Manager Provider   Best Absolute Return Fund Provider
Winner: Architas
Highly Commended: Premier Asset Management
Commended: Seven Investment Management
  Winner: Premier Asset Management
Highly Commended: Invesco Perpetual
Commended: BNY Mellon


Best Passive Fund Provider   Best Discretionary Fund Manager
Winner: Vanguard Asset Management
Highly Commended: Legal & General Investment Management
Commended: Lyxor ETF
  Winner: Tatton Investment Management
Highly Commended: Parmenion
Commended: Tavistock Wealth


Best Wrap/Platform   Best Structured Products Provider
Winner: Old Mutual Wealth
Highly Commended: Transact
Commended: Nucleus
  Winner: Investec Structured Products
Highly Commended: Walker Crips Structured Investments
Commended: Hilbert Investment Solutions


Best Ethical Investment Provider   Best Ethical Discretionary Fund Manager
Winner: EdenTree Investment Management
Highly Commended: Liontrust
Commended: Royal London Asset Management
  Winner: Parmenion
Highly Commended: Rathbone Greenbank Investments
Commended: King & Shaxson


Best Junior ISA Provider   Investment Adviser of the Year
Winner: OneFamily
Highly Commended: Shepherds Friendly
Commended: AJ Bell
  Winner: Kellands (Hale)
Highly Commended: Citywide Financial Partners
Commended: McCarthy Taylor


Best Tax and Estate Planning Solutions Provider   Best Investment Bond Provider
Winner: Octopus Investments
Highly Commended: Canada Life
Commended: TIME Investments
  Winner: Prudential
Highly Commended: Canada Life
Commended: Utmost Wealth Solutions


Best Venture Capital Trust Provider   Tax and Estate Planner of the Year
Winner: Octopus Investments
Highly Commended: Puma Investments
Commended: Amati Global Investors
  Winner: M & H Financial Planning
Highly Commended: Common Sense Financial Planning
Commended: Prosperity Wealth


Best Term Assurance Provider   Best Income Protection Provider
Winner: Legal & General
Highly Commended: Aviva
Commended: AIG Life
  Winner: LV=
Highly Commended: Cirencester Friendly
Commended: Holloway Friendly


Best Critical Illness Provider   Best Group Protection Provider
Winner: VitalityLife
Highly Commended: AIG Life
Commended: Aviva
  Winner: Omnilife
Highly Commended: Canada Life
Commended: Unum


Best Business Protection Provider   Protection Adviser of the Year
Winner: Legal & General
Highly Commended: Aviva
Commended: Zurich
  Winner: L&C Mortgages
Highly Commended: Cura Financial Services
Commended: Future Proof


Best Private Medical Insurance Provider   Best Health Cash Plan Provider
Winner: VitalityHealth
Highly Commended: Bupa
Commended: WPA
  Winner: Health Shield
Highly Commended: Westfield Health
Commended: BHSF


Best Investment Service   Best Protection Service
Winner: Seven Investment Management
Highly Commended: Prudential
Commended: Canada Life
  Winner: Aegon
Highly Commended: LV=
Commended: Holloway Friendly


Best Healthcare Service   Best Pension Service
Winner: Aviva UK Health
Highly Commended: The Exeter
Commended: Bupa
  Winner: Old Mutual Wealth
Highly Commended: InvestAcc
Commended: Royal London


Best Equity Release Service   Best Annuity Service
Winner: Pure Retirement
Highly Commended: Just
Commended: more 2 life
  Winner: Just
Highly Commended: Canada Life
Commended: Aviva


Best Structured Products Service   Best Online Service
Winner: Investec Structured Products
Highly Commended: Reyker
Commended: Walker Crips Structured Investments
  Winner: more 2 life
Highly Commended: Transact
Commended: Parmenion


Service Beyond the Call of Duty   Innovation Award
Winner: TIME Investments
Highly Commended: Cirencester Friendly
Commended: Omnilife
  Winner: Canada Life (Over 55 Buy-to-Let Options)
Highly Commended: Hilbert Investment Solutions (Defensive Income Portfolio)
Commended: Tax Efficient Procurement Services (Reporting Service)

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