The winners of the Gold Standard Awards 2012, run by Investment Week's parent company Incisive Media, were recently honoured at a ceremony at the House of Commons.
Now in their ninth year, the awards are designed to identify companies that not only have strong structures and procedures in place, but are going above and beyond standard business practices to promote trust in the financial services sector.
The judging process takes into account financial strength and assesses attributes such as capability to conduct business, fair value, as well as service standards clients can expect.
To achieve a Gold Standard Award, entrants are required to complete a rigorous questionnaire and supply evidence to assess capability, fair value, service and trust. Third party sources are also used as part of the process.
Gold Standard for Independent Financial Advice
Almary Green Investments
Central Financial Planning
Mazars Financial Planning
Mearns & Company
Torquil Clark Holdings
Wingate Financial Planning
Gold Standard for Insurance
Gold Standard for Fund Management
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Neptune Investment Management
Santander Asset Management UK
Gold Standard for Discretionary Portfolio Management
Brooks Macdonald Asset Management
Collins Stewart Wealth Management
OakTree Wealth Management
Rathbone Investment Management
Gold Standard for Group Pensions
Gold Standard for Individual Pensions
Gold Standard for Protection
Friends Life Protection
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