Fund management groups and wealth management firms can start entering now for our Gold Standard Awards 2013.
The awards, which are in their eleventh year, are aimed at companies that not only have strong structures and procedures in place, but are going above and beyond standard business practices to promote consumer trust in the financial services sector.
The awards not only take into account standards of service but financial strength, capability to conduct business as well as fair value. This year will also see an increased focus on governance and social responsibility.
"One of the advantages of the Gold Standard Awards is that such a comprehensive assessment can act as a self-audit of a wide range of processes and procedures adopted by financial services companies to see whether all the dots are indeed joined up.
"What is more, entry is confidential. Those who do not make the standard are not publicly revealed and are briefed on areas they can improve on," explains Deborah Benn, chair of the judging panel.
Categories for this year's awards are:
1. Fund Management
2. Group Pensions
4. Individual Pensions
5. Independent Financial Advice
7. Discretionary Portfolio Management
8. Wealth Management
For full information on the awards plus how to enter go to: www.goldstandardawards.com
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