Motor Finance is pleased to announce the winners of its prestigious annual Motor Finance Awards, held in conjunction with the Motor Finance Conference at the Westin Grand Hotel in Frankfurt on 16th March.

The winners across 13 categories were honoured in the awards ceremony hosted by Alfa CEO Andrew Denton. Volkswagen Financial Services was names as Digital Innovation of the Year: Fleet 2017, while Hyundai Capital won the award for Captive Finance Company of the Year 2017. Kelly Kane from Alphabet was awarded Rising Star 2017 and Peter Cottle at Startline Motor Finance scooped up the Industry Ambassador of the Year 2017.

The awards recognised achievements in the European motor finance industry in 2017 as well as challenged candidates to share their recent successes. All winners were selected by an independent judging panel, and by Motor Finance’s editorial team members.

Jonathan Minter, Editor of Motor Finance, says:

“These awards highlight the quality and range of providers and products available to consumers looking to purchase a car on finance, and to recognise some of the best of the best in the industry. The quality of the nominees entering this year’s Motor Finance Awards was extremely impressive. The competition in the categories were extremely tight, and I would like to personally congratulate all of the finalists, as well as the category winners.

I would also like to thank each of our expert independent judges, who spent hours reading over the nominees, and judging each category.

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The 2017 Motor Finance Awards gala dinner was preceded by a day conference that brought together captive finance representatives, banks, leasing companies, automotive finance professionals and industry disruptors in discussions around key issues the industry is currently facing across Europe and globally – regulatory updates, leasing developments, consumer behaviour, fleet management and the rise of digital.

The Winners of the 2017 Motor Finance Awards are:

Captive Finance Company of the Year 2017: Hyundai Capital UK

Intermediary of the Year 2017: Evolution Funding

Sub-Prime Lender of the Year 2017: Billing Finance

Legal Provider of the Year 2017: Shoosmiths

Fleet Services Provider of the Year 2017: Alphabet

Best Finance Product 2017: Codeweavers

Digital Innovation of the Year 2017: Bonafidee

Digital Innovation of the Year: Fleet: Volkswagen Financial Services

Digital Innovation of the Year: Consumer Lending: BMW Group Financial Services

Non -Bank Owned Independent Finance Provider of the Year: Blue Motor Finance

Bank Owned Independent Finance Provider of the Year: Close Brothers Motor Finance

Rising Star 2017: Kelly Kane

Industry Ambassador: Peter Cottle