Industry leaders honoured at NACFB awards

Industry leaders honoured at NACFB awards

The annual dinner held by the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel, was opened with a warm reception from newly appointed Chairman Kevin.

The annual dinner held by the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (NACFB) at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel, was opened with a warm reception from newly appointed Chairman Kevin Jones, unveiling the associations new branding and welcoming the 530 guests to the event.

Kevin duly introduced the NACFB’s charity of choice – Breast Cancer Care. The nominated representative gave a heartfelt speech about the need to give to this hugely worthy cause, and every one dug deep to raise over £6,000! Good deed done, the evening proceeded with a great atmosphere, great food and great company – something we’ve all come to expect from this spectacular annual event.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the music group ‘The Real Thing’ who got the party in full swing, followed by a risqué comedy act from Simon Evans. The event was rounded off by the eagerly awaited awards, recognising some of 2011’s greatest achievers.

Chosen by NACFB’s broker members, the ten awards acknowledged the industry leaders for their outstanding contribution to commercial and short term finance.

Award Winners

Commercial Mortgage Provider of the Year - Lloyds TSB

Lesser of the Year – ING Lease

Factor/Invoice Discounter of the Year – Bibby Financial Services

Buy to Let Provider of the Year – The Mortgage Works

Short Term Funder of the Year – Dragonfly Property Finance

Vehicle Finance Provider of the Year – ING Lease

Business Bank of the Year – Barclays

Most Supportive Lender of the Year – Santander

The sponsors of the event, Aldermore, won the prestigious ‘Specialist Lender of the Year’ award for the second year running, received by Managing Director of Commercial Mortgages, Rob Lankey.

He commented, “Winning an award for the first time is always a great thrill, but it’s even more satisfying to win for the second year running because it’s a clear demonstration of the business’s ability to deliver a high quality service on a consistent basis.”

And finally, Kevin Jones announced the winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Broker Industry 2011 award which went to long term industry professional, Andrew Turzynski of Santander. Having begun his career as an accountant, moving to credit risk and underwriting and then in 2006 to the Head of Commercial Mortgages at Santander, Andrew has had an exceptional input in the broker market. Unfortunately Andrew could not attend the event in person but gave his winning speech via video link.

He thanked the association and Santander for their support to the broker community and highlighted the need for continued guidance from the NACFB in helping brokers understand and adjust to new FSA regulations.

The awards provided a great boost to the commercial finance industry and looking ahead to the coming year, we expect to see growing confidence from the internal finance community and external commentators.

During the afternoon’s AGM, the NACFB unveiled plans for their 20th anniversary celebrations of the association during 2012.

Chief Executive, Adam Tyler, said: “We have huge plans for 2012, including a full range of events across the whole country and a number of new initiatives that will be producing thousands of leads for NACFB members throughout the year. We will also be continuing to lobby with meetings arranged with all parties and the major influencers in those parties.”

In addition, Adam also announced plans of continued education for those involved in the commercial finance industry, including: “An asset Finance Fraud training program, a new exam for all those involved in Commercial Finance, a government backed Training program for 16-to-19 year-olds to raise awareness of commercial finance and a member recruitment program to build on the success of 2011.”



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