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Adnitor’s glittering platform prizes

Standard Life picked up two awards at the Adnitor Platform Awards last week, winning the best overall platform provider and industry achievement for worksite pensions.

Marketing director John Taylor says: “It is gratifying to win two awards, including best overall platform, because we have arrived in the market only recently.”

The awards were presented in association with CWC Consulting and Money Marketing.

Seven Investment Management won for discretionary platform service, intermediary platform service and platform personality of the year went to its marketing director Justin Urquhart Stewart. He says: “We are delighted to win three awards because we are a very small platform by design. We have designed it around service rather than going for the mass volume approach.”

Other winners were Transact for leading independent platform offering, Mazars for industry achievement for an adviser firm, FundsNetwork for usability design and experience and JP Morgan Asset Management for leading innovation by an asset manager. Bravura Solutions won the industry achievement for administration technology award and IFDS won industry achievement for administration services.


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