Today is one of the highlights of the Smart Money People calendar.

We’re announcing the Finalists of the British Bank Awards 2019. Voted for by customers, and now in their 5th year, the British Bank Awards aim to discover the best products, hottest innovations and most trusted firms and vendors within the industry.

And after over 18,000 votes for more than 160 financial firms, we’re proud to announce the British Bank Awards 2019 Finalists.

But today isn’t the end. Far from it.  The voting to determine our Winners runs until midnight on the 10th February.

2019 is also the first year we’ve introduced 4 vendor categories, recognising that vendors often play a vital role in helping financial firms deliver better outcomes for customers. Financial firms can vote for the vendors they work with here.

And here’s why this all matters.

The pace of change in financial services continues to quicken. In fact, just last week we released data showing that mobile apps are now the UK’s most preferred banking channel.

Set against this backdrop, the British Bank Awards act as a guide for customers looking to find the best financial providers and discover innovative firms. 

Since 2017, they’ve also featured in The Guardian, Sunday Express, Daily Mail, The Mirror, The Scotsman, The Daily Record, Spectator Money and Finextra, among many other publications.

And 2019 looks set to become a rather special year.

Without any further a do, here’s our British Bank Awards 2019 Finalists:

6 top-level categories

Best British Bank: Barclays, first direct, Metro Bank, Monzo, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Starling Bank and Virgin Money

Innovation of the Year (powered by Bud): first direct, Habito, Mojo Mortgages, Revolut & WiseAlpha

Customer Service Champion: Close Brothers Savings, Darlington Building Society, Dudley Building Society, Vernon Building Society and two more to be announced on the night

Treating Customers Fairly Champion: Close Brothers Savings, Darlington Building Society, first direct, Shepherds Friendly and two more to be announced on the night

Best Newcomer: Coconut, evestor, Freetrade, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, Mojo Mortgages & N26

Best Banking App: Barclays, Coconut, Monese, Monzo, NatWest & Starling Bank

15 product-specific categories

Best Alternative Finance Provider: Boost Capital, Fleximize, iwoca, Liberis, Nucleus Commercial Finance & Satago

Best Business Banking Provider: Barclays, HSBC, Santander & Starling Bank

Best Business Finance Provider: Boost Capital, Fleximize, iwoca, Liberis, Nucleus Commercial Finance & Satago

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

Best Current Account Provider: Barclays, first direct, Metro Bank, Monzo, NatWest & Starling Bank

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

Best Money Transfer Provider: Currency UK, MoneyTo, Revolut, TransferWise & WorldFirst

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

Best Specialist Mortgage Provider: Darlington Building Society, Melton Mowbray Building Society, Hanley Economic Building Society & Vernon Building Society

Best Mortgage Broker: Glow, Habito, Hoocht, Linear Financial Services, Mojo Mortgages & The Mortgage People

Best Personal Finance App: Chip, Emma, Plum, Money Dashboard & Moneyhub

Best Personal Loan Provider: Barclays, Halifax, Shawbrook Bank & Zopa

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

Best Share Trading Platform: Freetrade & Hargreaves Lansdown

Best Travel Money Provider: Eurochange & WeSwap

4 vendor categories

The Pioneer Award: Bud, Castlight Financial, Token & TrueLayer

RegTech Vendor of the Year: DueDil, ComplyAdvantage, Encompass, Featurespace, OnFido & VoxSmart

Technology Vendor of the Year: DPR, Finastra, Form3 & Temenos

Consultancy of the Year: 11:FS, Capco, Capgemini, Deloitte & The Savings Guru

What happens next?

This year’s awards are well on the way to being the biggest ever, so remember to keep voting until the 10th February.

As voting continues, two Finalists in our ‘Customer Service Champion’ & ‘Treating Customers Fairly Champion’ awards will only be announced at the awards ceremony.

The British Bank Awards ceremony is on 7th March, at London’s Café de Paris. Attended by banks, building societies, FinTech firms, vendors and press, the ceremony promises to be a night to remember.

If you’d like to attend the awards ceremony, then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you, and congratulations once again to all the Finalists.

Highlights from the British Bank Awards 2018 awards ceremony

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