About the Online Money Awards 2023
With a raft of business nominations from across the sector for the inaugural Online Money Awards, it was up to the UK’s private investors to cast their votes to decide who came out on top in these brand-new awards, which champion service, product innovation, low-cost access to the markets, comprehensive market research tools and advanced educational programs in the online money sector.
There was such a high calibre of entrants for these awards and we received over 8,000 votes from private investors to decide on the winners across 19 separate categories,” explains Mike Boydell, director of Holiston Media. “These new awards give businesses the opportunity to benchmark their success against their peers, reward staff for their hard work and impress potential new clients, whilst boosting existing client comfort and loyalty.”
Featured Online Money Award Winners
Award: Main Market Company of the Year
This award is given to a main market company that provides a combination of index beating share price performance, consistent shareholder returns and future growth prospects.
Winner: Rentokil Initial PLC
Andy Ransom, CEO, Rentokil Initial PLC, said: “Rentokil Initial is delighted to have been chosen by investors as the Main Market Company of the Year as part of the 2023 Online Money Awards.”
“The last 12 months has been a landmark period in the history of Rentokil Initial. We have concluded a genuinely game-changing transaction with Terminix which makes Rentokil Initial the global leader in pest control as well as the leader in North America, the world’s largest pest control market.”
“Our operational and financial performance is a testament to the quality and resilience of the business and our 58,600 hard-working and committed colleagues from across the 91 countries in which we operate.” I would like to thank investors for their confidence in the company and for voting for us.”
Award: Best Stocks and Shares ISA Provider
This award recognises all-round excellence from a Stocks and Shares ISA Provider that offers low-cost access to thousands of investments, for investors that want a helping hand with ready-made portfolios to those that need greater control.
Oliver Plant, Head of Bestinvest, says: “Bestinvest has worked hard over the past year to deliver an enhanced offering to its ISA savers, relaunching its platform in May 2002 with a suite of new features to empower our army of DIY investors with the right tools to manage their money more effectively.
The transformation into a first-of-its-kind hybrid service that combines the best of online investment with free financial coaching from qualified investment planners, affordable, bite-sized advice packages, low-cost Ready-made Portfolios and sophisticated digital goal-planning tools means our ISA savers can now make even better investment decisions at great value for money. After all, they work hard for their money, so ‘Bestinvest’ it.
Since the relaunch we haven’t sat still. Bestinvest has continued to strengthen its offering by launching a new mobile app in January this year and adding free US share trading in February – two key milestones in our development programme. We are delighted, therefore, to have been chosen as the Best Stocks and Shares ISA Provider by the Online Money Awards, as it confirms the hard graft that has gone into delivering a superior service for our customers has been worth it.”
Award: Best ETF Provider
This award recognises an ETF provider that has shown innovation across a range of ETFs and ETPs with ground-breaking smart beta products and cutting edge thematic funds.
Winner: WisdomTree Europe
Alexis Marinof, Head of Europe, WisdomTree, said: “For a second consecutive year, investors have acknowledged WisdomTree as the ‘Best ETF Provider’ at the Online Money Awards. The award recognises our commitment to clients and speaks volumes about our approach and investment philosophy. Everything we do is grounded in helping investors find better ways to invest in order to achieve their investment goals. Our comprehensive range of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and exchange-traded products (ETPs) allows investors to access a broad spectrum of asset classes and structures, whether they are looking for core equity positions for their portfolios, thematic ETFs, commodity exposures or tactical tools. We are delighted that voters have recognised the added value we are providing through ETFs and ETPs, and we aim to continue building on serving investors through innovative product development and solutions to help investors navigate markets.”
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Award: Best Investment Trust Group
This award recognises an investment trust group that strives for excellence, encourages independent thought enabling their fund managers to flourish and supports companies in generating sustainable growth
“Liontrust are delighted to have been chosen by investors as the Best Investment Trust Group as part of the Online Money Awards for the second year running.
“We appreciate that the responsibility of asset managers as guardians of investors’ savings are particularly important during periods of such volatility in investment markets and the current cost of living crisis. It is to meet this responsibility that we stress the importance of having expertise in all the areas of investment we offer and for each of our fund management teams to have robust and rigorous processes, which enable Liontrust to help investors to achieve their long-term financial objectives and enjoy a better financial future.
“Edinburgh Investment Trust has recently reached its three-year anniversary of being managed by James de Uphaugh with strong relative performance and a narrowing of the discount over that period. Liontrust has worked with the board of EIT on creating a brand and is focused on marketing EIT to both professional advisers and retail investors.
“We thank investors for their confidence in Liontrust managing their investments and for voting for us,” says Simon Hildrey, Chief Marketing Officer.
Award: Best Advisory Service
This award recognises the best overall wealth advisory service, which is delivering exceptional service and helping clients’ achieve their financial goals.
Winner: St. James’s Place
Claire Blackwell, Chief Client and Reputation Officer, said, “We’re delighted to have won Best Advisory Service, 2023 in the Online Money Awards, for the second year in a row. For us, the OMAs are particularly special since they’re decided by public vote. Every vote is, therefore, a vote of client confidence in the value of the advice we provide through our Partners.
The Best Advisory Service award recognises the importance of quality of advice alongside strong client relationships, and client trust. Clients are at the heart of what we do and why we do it. Financial advice has a simple goal – to help people feel confident that their money will allow them to achieve their life goals – even if the different products and services themselves are complex.
Our carefully selected community of Partners are among the best financial advisers in the industry and they form lifelong relationships with their clients and families.
Clients tell us that they value the peace of mind and the confidence they have in their SJP Partner. In difficult economic climates – such as this one we’re currently experiencing – that is particularly important.
Life isn’t all about winning awards, but this is one that we are very proud of.
We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us.”
Award: Best Spread Betting Provider
This award recognises a leading spread betting broker that provides access to over 1,000 markets, first class trade execution, trading tools and a commitment to delivering best in class customer service
Winner: Trade Nation
“Stuart Lane, CEO, said, “Trade Nation are thrilled to have received the prestigious honour of being named the Best Spread Betting Provider. We are the ultimate destination for savvy traders, and we take pride in revolutionizing the trading experience for our clients by offering transparent fees, low fixed-cost spreads, and no hidden charges. This award is a testament to the dedication and passion exhibited by our team, who strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience at all times.”
Award: Best Forex Trading Platform
This award recognises the forex trading provider that offers a world-class leading trading platform. The platform will offer the most sophisticated and reliable trading experience in the marketplace.
Anna Shevareva, Marketing at FxPro said: “We are profoundly honoured to be recognised as the ‘Best Forex Trading Platform’. This prestigious accolade reinforces our steadfast commitment to providing the most sophisticated and reliable trading experience for our clients. Over the years, FxPro has endeavoured to deliver innovative technology, advanced trading tools, and superior customer service. This award, among over 100 other industry awards we have won, validates our efforts and inspires us to continue to raise the bar. We believe that our relentless pursuit of excellence and dedication to refining our platform offerings sets us apart in the global Forex marketplace. We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to our clients and partners for their ongoing trust and support, without whom these achievements would not be possible. As we move forward, FxPro remains devoted to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in Forex trading.”
Award: Best Trading Platform
This award recognises an industry leading broker that provides best in class platform that is easy to access and intuitive to use and puts the trader in pole position when it comes to trading the financial markets, whilst keeping risks and costs firmly under control.
Winner: Trade Nation
“Trade Nation are thrilled to have received the prestigious honour of being named the Best Trading Platform. We pride ourselves on providing a service that represents good value and we offer the valuable benefits of real-time news updates, daily market reports, and expert trading ideas from our trusted partner, Signal Centre, a regulated entity by the FCA. The recognition we receive through this award validates the commitment and enthusiasm demonstrated by our team, as they consistently endeavour to provide an outstanding customer experience.” Stuart Lane, CEO
Award: Best Customer Service
This award recognises a market-leading broker dedicated to helping clients achieve their trading and investing goals. An experienced team provides a personalised service that goes far beyond the norm when looking after their client’s needs.
Winner: Spreadex Trading
“If it wasn’t for our clients we wouldn’t have a business – this is a fact that is recognised by each and every employee and is central to the culture at Spreadex. All new employees are taught the importance of our customer first approach very early on in their time with us and this has remained true as the company has grown. Lots of firms talk of great customer service but we really mean it. It is therefore always nice to have this recognised externally and will act to push us on to continue to put our clients first and at the heart of our business.”
Tom Salmon, Managing Director of Spreadex Trading