After over 20k votes, for over 140 firms, today we’re proud, and a little excited, to announce the British Bank Awards 2018 Finalists.

Run by Smart Money People, the British Bank Awards help UK consumers and businesses to find the most customer-centric financial services firms. And we’re proud to say that alongside some of the largest financial providers in the UK, many smaller firms also compete, helping to make the British Bank Awards a vibrant reflection of the best products, hottest innovation and most trusted financial brands in the UK.

With 2017 press including The Mirror, The Sunday Express, The Daily Mail, The Spectator and of course Smart Money People, we estimate that over 5 million consumers come across the British Bank Awards annually.

Founder of Smart Money People, Mike Fotis, said: “With more and more financial firms popping up, it’s not always easy for consumers and businesses to know which firms are worth a second look. We run the British Bank Awards to put the customer at the heart of the industry, and to help consumers and businesses find great financial firms. And while being named a Finalist is a great accolade, we still need your help to decide who gets to take home one or more awards in March."

All firms named a Finalist in the British Bank Awards should be incredibly proud of the great feedback received from their customers,  And so, without further ado...the moment we've all been waiting for...

British Bank Awards 2018 Finalists:

Best British Bank: first direct, Halifax, Metro Bank, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Starling Bank, The Co-operative Bank, & Virgin Money

Innovation of the Year (powered by Bud): Habito, Moneyfarm, True Potential Investor, Revolut, Wealthify, WiseAlpha

Customer Service Champion: first direct, Metro Bank, Zopa (& 3 more firms revealed on the night)

Treating Customers Fairly Champion: Close Brothers Savings, Shepherds Friendly, Virgin Money (& 3 more firms revealed on the night)

Best Newcomer: Bud, Starling Bank, Monzo, Habito, WiseAlpha (& 1 more firm revealed on the night)

Best Banking App: Barclays, Halifax, HSBC, Monzo, NatWest & Starling Bank

Best Current Account Provider: first direct, Halifax, Metro Bank, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Starling Bank & The Co-operative Bank

Best Credit Card Provider: American Express, Barclaycard, Halifax, Nationwide Building Society, Santander & Virgin Money

Best Mortgage Provider: Darlington Building Society, Halifax, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Newbury Building Society & Virgin Money

Best Savings Provider: Close Brothers Savings, Darlington Building Society, Dudley Building Society, Newbury Building Society, Shepherds Friendly, Vernon Building Society & Virgin Money

Best Personal Loan Provider: Hitachi Capital, Lloyds Bank, NatWest & Zopa

Best Travel Money Provider: Moneycorp, Post Office Money, The Currency Club, WeSwap

Best Money Transfer Provider: Currency UK, Mayfair FX, Revolut & WorldFirst

Best Business Banking Provider: HSBC, NatWest & Santander

Best Business Finance Provider: Boost Capital, Fleximize & Liberis

Best Alternative Finance Provider: Boost Capital, Fleximize, Lendy, Liberis & Zopa

Best Personal Finance App: Cleo, Money Dashboard, Onedox, Plum & Yolt

Best Investments Provider: Lendy, Moneyfarm, True Potential Investor, Wealthify & WiseAlpha

So, what happens next?

There's still time to help crown the winners! Voting continues until midnight on 11th February. As voting remains open, a number of Finalists in categories including ‘Customer Service Champion’, ‘Treating Customers Fairly Champion’ and ‘Best Newcomer’ will only be announced on the night.

The British Bank Awards 2018 ceremony

We’ll be revealing the winners at our awards ceremony on Thursday 1st March at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden, London. The event promises to be a great mix of industry networking, entertainment, food and drink... with a few awards given out for good measure.

If you'd like to attend but haven't reserved your place, please get in touch today to secure your place at the hottest FS event on the calendar.

Still haven’t voted? There’s still time to have your say! Not only will you be helping to crown the UK’s best financial firms, but you'll also be entered into our prize draw to win a £1,000 cash prize. You can find out more about these awards on the British Bank Awards website.