There was no change in the distinguished line-up for this category. It is the fourth year in a row that Standard Life can claim to be the champion of group pensions providers and adds to the clutch of awards that the life office took home from the ceremony. Scottish Equitable held on to last year's second place and Norwich Union kept third spot.
Standard Life assistant general manager (marketing) Colin Ledlie says: "Particularly important for group pensions is the use of technology which we have excelled in. We have also excelled in our range of product features." Scottish Equitable director of marketing Ken Hogg says: "We are delighted with our continued high recognition in terms of the group pensions market. With stakeholder on the horizon, there is a heightened focus and pressure for success on providers in the group market. The reason for our continued success falls back to fundamentals - full and flexible product terms, market-leading technology support delivered through our SmartScheme initiative, a steadfast commitment to the IFA distribution channel and our AAA Standard & Poor's financial strength rating."