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Gaining Momentum at Sofa awards

Farnborough-based Momentum Financial Services took the Sofa/Money Marketing Awards by storm, winning four of the six awards in which it was nominated.

Momentum scooped the top award for commitment to professionalism in a national IFA firm.

In the employee benefits section, all three nominations were from Momentum, the winner being David Pick.

The company was formed in August in a management buyout from Aon Consulting Financial Services.

The Financial Adviser of the Year award went to Tim Robson, consultant at Marsh Financial Services, for his technical competence and presentation skills.

In the examinations awards, David Abbott of the FSA won the Fellowship of Sofa section, which requires 10 AFPC passes.

Paul Buckles of Barclays Life was commended, hav-ing achieved consistently high marks in all 10 AFPC examinations.

Entrants to the awards had to put forward a solution to a case study set by financial services publishers Taxbriefs. The top three entrants in each category then made presentations in front of judges.

The awards dinner, held at the Britannia Mayfair in London last week, was hosted by Private Eye editor Ian Hislop.

Momentum head of business development John Dean says: “We are delighted. We have been able to show the outside world the quality of our service. We have not been very well known and this will really kickstart our brand.”

Sofa chairman Peter Williams said: “The awards will be a regular feature in the financial services calendar from now on as we seek to achieve our goals of rais-ing professional and edu-cational standards among financial advisers and ach-ieving public recognition for professional qualified finan-cial advisers.”

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