The LW Awards Dinner 2016 was immensely enjoyed by those who attended, especially the winners of one of the 18 awards to be won or any of the dozen desirable raffle prizes kindly donated by the companies of those attending, ranging from a weekend vineyard experience with a stay in a 5-star hotel, to a bottle of James Bond 007 Bollinger champagne.
The new larger venue, necessary to accomodate the now 260 strong audience, proved to be much to everyone's liking, with its modern feel, multiple AV screens and TwitterWall, sponsored for us by Liberty Leasing, and was a fitting setting for Lord Mitchell, returning invigorated after a year's break from the Awards ceremony, to address the leasing community represented on the night with a rousing speech for the industry to embrace change and the sharing economy.
The charities nominated by our headline sponsor, Hitachi Capital Business Finance, were Macmillan Cancer Support, and Brompton & Harefields hospitals, and the guests raised well over five thousand pounds in cash (plus a few euros, and IOUs!) on the night thanks to Johnnie Halliday's Heads n' Tails game sponsored by NetSol Technologies, and the Charity Raffle made possible with prizes donated by attending companies.
The judges commented that the standard of submissions this year was impressively high, and many categories were very close run, but the final winners were:
BUSINESS FINANCE CHAMPION- Aldermore Business Finance
UK LESSOR OF THE YEAR- Investec Asset Finance
UK INDEPENDENT LESSOR OF THE YEAR - Shire Leasing
SME CHAMPION LESSOR OF THE YEAR - Asset Advantage
BROKER CHAMPION LESSOR OF THE YEAR - Hitachi Capital Business Finance
NEW CHALLENGER OF THE YEAR - Cambridge & Counties Bank
NEXT GENERATION AWARD - Alex Cooper, Liberty Leasing
BROKER OF THE YEAR - First Independent Finance
TOP HARD ASSETS BROKER AWARD - Premier Asset Finance
TOP BUSINESS ASSETS BROKER AWARD - Bluestone Leasing
TOP PROFESSIONS PROVIDER AWARD - Wesleyan Bank
VENDOR SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR - Syscap Ltd
INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR - LDF
ASSET FINANCE LEGAL TEAM OF THE YEAR - Shoosmiths LLP
LEASING SERVICES PROVIDER OF THE YEAR - VLS
LEASING PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - Shaun Carroll, Hitachi Capital Block Discounting
LEASING CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR - Jo Davis, Locke Lord LLP
LEASING WORLD EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD - Posthumous award to Hugh Sigrist and recognition to Renaissance Asset Finance.
More PHOTOS OF THE NIGHT, and the winner of the best photo Tweet, will be added shortly