Scooping first was John Charcol. Its commercial director Ian Darby says Charcol's year in the limelight, which included being bought for £100m by Bradford & Bingley helped it into the top spot.
John Charcol commercial director Ian Darby says: "Launching market leading charcolonline plus our high profile PR and marketing efforts which helped us win the votes."
In second was BP Financial Services which attributes its success to a clear and simple philosophy of responding to the customers needs though says it was surprised to have been singled out in the contest.
Taking third was Flower Independent. The intermediary also says it was surprised it has been recognised, having only been in the market for three years. Flower managing director says: "Though we are young we have enjoyed growth consistently of 200 per cent year on year. In 1999 we wrote £110n of business, which looks set to shoot to £150m this year." He continues: "We also have an excellent relationships with lenders."