The awards are broken into geographic regions; I have broken these down as best as I can from previous FCA information about the number of firms in each region. The FCA break the regions down a little further, with Yorkshire, West Midlands, East Midlands and Eastern all being separate categories. This is based on 5,718 firms in total throughout the UK. There are roughly 24,000 qualified advisers working at these firms.
- LONDON – 899
- SOUTH EAST – 598
- SOUTH WEST – 768
- MIDLANDS & EAST ANGLIA – 1,342
- NORTH EAST – 645
- NORTH WEST – 592
- SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND – 641
- WALES – 233
There is also an award for the overall firm of the year. Last year this was won by the firm that pushed us into second place. In all honesty, my view about awards is that they are largely a marketing gimmick, however, the PR and acknowledgement, even if somewhat questionable is welcome and hopefully conveys to our clients that we are well regarded within the field.
The award ceremony isn’t held until Thursday 9th February 2017.
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