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Loan Talk Awards 2016: How does it all work?

Loan Talk Awards 2016: How does it all work?

Loan Talk is hosting its third annual awards ceremony on 12th January 2017 at 8 Northumberland in London. In keeping with the evolution of the market, we have renamed the event the Loan Talk Second Charge Mortgage Awards..

This occasion is the only event dedicated to the UK second charge mortgage market and its elite.

The focus is most definitely on honouring the brightest and best in the sector, but we also believe that simply bringing everyone together – with a generous drinks package – does wonders for keeping this vibrant industry motivated and connected.

It has been a truly trying year for the seconds market with the implementation of MCD. We feel that come January, those who have successfully navigated 2016 will be perhaps even more deserving of an award (or two!) than ever before.

We’re proud to have been able to refine the awards process to what is described as fully transparent, fair and above all, representative of the industry.

So, what happens and when?

  • Online voting opens on 18th August.  
  • Users are encouraged to fill in the names of their preferred winners in each category – there are 15 this year.
  • On 7th November, we will create a shortlist by taking the top 10 in each category and getting two panels of brokers and lenders to select their top 4-6.  The compilation of their selections will form the official shortlist which will be announced via Loan Talk on 14th November.  Those in the running have been chosen by the industry, for the industry.
  • Shortlisted nominees will have until 5th December to produce the supporting information required to progress their nomination(s).  This comprises of two references and one personal testimonial, detailing why that company or individual deserves to win. Nominees are all contacted individually to make sure the next steps are understood.
  • Judges may not provide references and it is advised that shortlisted nominees provide references from different referees for each category in which they are nominated.
  • On 8th December, our judging panels will meet to decide on the winners. Brokers judge lender categories and vice versa. There is much discussion, tears, lunch and more debate – this is no easy job and our judges need to reach a majority for each award in order to determine who walks away with those prestigious trophies on the evening.
  • Fiona Hoyle, head of consumer finance at the Finance & Leasing Association, will be chairing the lenders' panel while Robert Sinclair, chief executive of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries, will lead the brokers' judging panel.


We then get on with engraving those winners’ names and finalising plans for the event, in anticipation of the 320-strong descent come 12th January.

What’s the programme for the evening?

  • 6.30pm - Guest arrival for a champagne reception
  • 7.30pm - Call to enter the Ballroom for dinner
  • 7.45pm - Welcome and charity presentation
  • 8pm - Dinner is served
  • 9.45pm - Awards ceremony begins
  • 10.45pm - Thanks
  • 11pm - Bar and photo booth open
  • 1am - After Party – details TBA


What should I wear?

There is no theme for the Loan Talk Awards, however, this is a glitzy affair. Dress to impress in your black tie finest.

What sort of food and drinks package is included?

We’ve saved the best info for last… Aside from a sumptuous 3-course dinner and sparkling drinks reception, Loan Talk has a generous drinks allocation on each table, followed by an open bar from 11pm. Plus, the celebratory after party will provide opportunity for drinks aplenty to take you into the wee hours.

How do I book a table?

Of course you want to be there. Contact Dalbir Dhanoa – our Account Manager – on 0203 818 0163 or email him


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