The Investors Pick Their Winners

By Sam Hodges on Thursday 19 November 2015

Alternative Lending

AltFi Investor’s annual awards were announced last week, with one specific category aimed at rewarding those alternative finance providers with the best investment products.

RateSetter, the peer-to-peer lending platform, grabbed three of the five honours in the Investor category including ‘Most Innovative Investment Product of the Year, Most IFA Friendly 2015 and Investor Protection Product of the Year 2015.

Rhydian Lewis, CEO at RateSetter, commented:

“The AltFi Awards are a big deal in the industry and for us to have swept up three of the five awards in the Investor category is obviously a fantastic result for us. The awards dig deeper into what makes a good platform, and don’t just focus on the obvious things – categories such as Best Platform for IFAs are a sign of a maturing industry, and we look forward to defending our crown next year!”

In the other two awards Crowdcube came out victorious with the Most Innovative Crowdfunding Campaign of the Year while MW Eaglewood scooped the Alternative Finance Fund Manager of the Year.

Wellesley & Co. might feel a little hard done by after coming runner up twice to RateSetter in the Most Innovative Investment Product of the Year and Investor Protection Product of the Year 2015.

An independent panel of actual investors as well as experts judged every award to ensure that the judging process was fair and impartial. Looking at the confidential comments by judges about the awards, we’d highlight the following:  

Most Innovative Investment Product of the Year

It was RateSetter’s new SIPP product that got the main attention from the judges. One judge pointed out that:

“SIPP investors have seen unprecedented changes in the way they can now manage their money and that RateSetter product provides a good addition.”

Investor Protection Product of the Year 2015

 RateSetter’s Provision Fund helped them win this award with one judge complementing it with the following observation:

“Many investors are chasing yield in the current environment, but in doing so often encounter significant risk to their underlying capital. Ratesetter's unique and easy to understand solution to protect investors capital, which has to date proved to be very robust, is outstanding.”

The winners of the other awards can be seen below:

Industry Awards

Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (UK) – SyndicateRoom

Alternative Finance Platform of the Year (EU) – Finexkap

P2P Consumer Platform of the Year – Zopa

P2P Business Platform of the Year – Funding Circle

Social and Environmental Platform of the Year – Abundance Generation

Crowdfunding Platform of the Year – SyndicateRoom

Property Lending Platform of the Year – Funding Circle

The One to Watch Award – Landbay

Professional Advisor of the Year – RSM

The People’s Choice Award – Zopa

AltFi Editors Choice Award – Zopa

Best Clarity of Data Award – Funding Circle

SME Awards

Best Equity Fund Raising Platform for Start-Ups – Crowdcube

Best Lending Platform for Small Business – Folk2Folk

Best Working Capital Platform for Small Business – Market Invoice

Best Bond Issuing Platform for Small Businesses – UK Bond Network

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