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A completed entry will include:
1. Entry Form
2. 150 Word Company Profile
3. 1000 Word Submission
4. Company Logo
5. UK contact details

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2020 WINNERS & SHORTLISTED

PENSION SCHEME AWARDS (open for entry to UK pension schemes)

1. DC Pension Scheme of the Year
Defined Contribution (DC) pension provision has evolved beyond recognition in the areas of investment, communication and scheme design. We reward those DC schemes that have developed their proposition with a clear focus on what really matters – meeting member needs. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Visa

2. DB Pension Scheme of the Year
Despite an increasing number of defined benefit (DB) scheme closures, DB provision still makes up a huge percentage of UK pension provision. We award the DB scheme that has risen to the investment and regulatory challenges facing the DB pension space today and as such serves as an inspiration to other schemes in the pensions marketplace. Enter here
2020 WINNER: West Yorkshire Pension Fund

3. Pension Scheme Communication Award
An excellent pensions offering is wasted if the member communication applied fails to deliver. This category awards the pension schemes that have used innovation and flair to get their member communication proposition the best it can be and has the results to prove it. Enter here
2020 WINNER: ICI Specialty Chemicals Pension Fund

4. Pensions Administration Award
The importance of effective pensions administration cannot be underestimated, especially given the changes in UK pensions regulation in the last few year. This category aims to award the pension scheme that continues to keep administration as a key consideration, proving it has the needs of the member at the heart of its offering. 
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2020 WINNER: Pension Protection Fund

5. Best Investment Strategy Award
Getting the investment strategy right is one of the biggest challenges a pension scheme has to overcome, particularly given the current economic environment. We reward the pension schemes that have implemented an investment strategy that sets the standards for the industry to follow. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Nest

6. Pension Scheme Innovation Award
Innovation has been rife in the UK pensions space, be that in the area of investment, product design, de-risking or any other area. This award aims to reward those pension schemes that have truly added value to the pensions space with its originality and innovation. Enter here
2020 WINNER: National Grid

PENSION PROVIDER AWARDS (open for entry by a provider serving pension schemes in the UK)

7. Pensions Consultancy of the Year
Pensions consultancy has evolved dramatically in recent years, with the bigger players expanding their services to meet the changing needs of clients coupled with well respected niche players entering the space. This category is aimed at recognising the pensions/investment/actuarial consultancy firms that have shown a true dedication to serving its UK pension scheme clients, displaying a true understanding of their needs, and one that continues to move with the times. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Barnett Waddingham

8. Pensions Provider of the Year
The introduction of auto-enrolment is just one thing that has forced UK pension providers to up their game. This award celebrates those firms (including life companies, auto-enrolment providers and any other type of pension provider) that have moved with the times and have displayed excellence in the area of pension provision, be that in the DB or DC space. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Aviva Life & Pensions

9. Fiduciary Management Firm of the Year
Fiduciary management services are now embedded in the UK pensions space, with offerings coming from various types of providers in the market. This category rewards the Fiduciary Management/Implemented/Delegated Consultancy Firms that truly add value to the pensions space, meeting the specific needs of their clients whilst also displaying strong performance. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Aon

10. Pensions Technology Firm of the Year
Effective and reliable pensions technology and data management is essential for the successful running of any pension scheme. This award will recognise those firms that are leaders in the field of pensions technology, and ultimately reward who is the best of the best in this increasingly important category. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Legal & General

11. At-retirement Solutions Provider of the Year
The at-retirement marketplace has been neglected for many years – until now. This award aims to recognise those firms that have shown innovation and dedication to improving the retirement experience of their clients and have worked hard to help those entering the retirement phase to make the most of their pension pot. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Capita Employee Solutions

12. Independent Trustee Firm of the Year
The pensions space has become a minefield for pension scheme trustees struggling to cope with changing regulation, governance pressures and investment challenges, which is why the role of the independent trustee firm has become key. This awards looks to give recognition to those firms that truly assist the pension scheme trustee in managing their day-to-day challenges. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Dalriada Trustees

13. Pensions Law Firm of the Year
New regulation has added to the maze that is pensions law. We seek out those law firms that not only serve the pensions space, but do so with the highest of standards, vigour and a true dedication to meeting the needs of its clients. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Sacker & Partners

14. Pensions Accountancy Firm of the Year
We reward those pension scheme accountants that recognise the needs of the pensions market and have tailored their services accordingly, with a focus on excellence. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Cooper Parry

15. Active Manager of the Year
The Active Manager of the Year Award recognises the manager that has demonstrated consistent outperformance and an innovative approach to its investment strategy. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Insight Investment

16. Equities Manager of the Year
This category aims to celebrate those firms that have proved themselves as leaders in the equities space, both in terms of performance numbers and recognising the needs of their pension clients. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Vontobel Asset Management

17. Fixed Income Manager of the Year
Fixed income has evolved from a safe sleepy asset class into a dynamic and diverse option for UK pension funds today. We recognise those firms that have not only displayed innovation in this area to take advantage of the opportunities out there, but also have the performance numbers to prove their expertise. Enter here
2020 WINNER: M&G Investments

18. Alternatives Manager of the Year
Alternatives have become an essential part of a UK pension fund portfolio. We recognise those firms that have shown a true flair for extracting value from the alternatives space to the benefit of their pension clients. Enter here
2020 WINNER: BNP Paribas Asset Management

19. Emerging Markets Manager of the Year
There is no shortage of investment managers in the emerging markets space, but who stands out among their peers? This award will recognise those who have truly embraced the emerging market space to the benefit of its UK pension clients. Enter here
2020 WINNER: TOBAM

20. Property Manager of the Year
This award recognises those firms that have shown a true understanding of the UK, European and Global property markets and have been able to translate that knowledge into risk adjusted returns for the benefit of their pension clients. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Hermes Investment Management

21. LDI Manager of the Year
Understanding what LDI really means and applying it to the benefit of your pension clients requires true skill and understanding of pension fund needs. We reward the providers that excel in the LDI space despite the challenges it may present. Enter here
2020 WINNER: River and Mercantile Derivatives

22. Multi-asset Manager/Provider of the Year
The role of multi-asset products has grown in importance in recent years, as providers strive to meet the diverse needs of pension funds. We assess the best of the best in this increasingly competitive investment space. 
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2020 WINNER: Pictet Asset Management

23. Risk Management Provider of the Year
With risk management at the top of pension schemes’ agendas, de-risking propositions have flooded the market. We award the provider that has provided innovative solutions to truly help pension schemes to manage, or remove, their risks. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Pension Insurance Corporation

24. Pensions Communications Award
Effective communication is key to the success of any pension scheme – we reward those providers who have used innovation and excellence to help their clients improve engagement among their members. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Standard Life

25. Innovation Award
Innovation has been rife in the UK pensions space, be that in the area of investment, product design, de-risking or any other area. This award aims to reward those providers that have truly added value to the pensions space with its originality and innovation. Enter here
2020 WINNER (Innovation Award): Quietroom
2020 WINNER (Investment): Legal & General Investment Management
2020 WINNER (Technology): Target Professional Services Ltd

26. Administration Provider of the Year
High quality administration is a key cog in the smooth running of any pension scheme, and those providers who offer strong administration services to the market are invaluable. We celebrate those providers who bring excellence and accuracy to this vital role. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Premier

27. Master Trust Offering of the Year
Master trusts have taken the UK market by storm, as pension funds continue to look for ways to control their costs without compromising on quality and governance. We look at who is ahead of the game in this space. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Smart Pension

28. Sponsor Covenant Provider of the Year
Awarded to the firm that shows a true understanding of this increasingly important area of pensions, and stands out against its peers. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Lincoln Pensions

29Factor Investing Offering of the Year
This award recognises those firms that have a true understanding of the role factor investing can play in pension portfolios today and have demonstrated a true expertise in implementing this dynamic strategy. Enter here
2020 WINNER: SEI

30Sustainability Provider of the Year
Pension funds are becoming increasingly aware of the important role sustainability plays today. This award will recognise the providers who are leading the way in this crucial and increasingly sophisticated field. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Natixis Investment Managers (Mirova)

31Diversity Award
This award goes to the pension provider that has shown a true understanding of the importance of diversity in today's climate, either in the way it has shaped its business, its product offering or otherwise. Enter here
2020 WINNER: Gowling WLG

32. Cash-flow Driven Investment (CDI) Manager of the Year
Cash-flow driven investment (CDI) has gained a greater prominence than ever in the UK pensions space. We reward those firms that are leading the way with this key investment strategy, and are truly making a difference to pension schemes today. Enter here
2020 WINNER: AXA Investment Managers

NEW AWARDS FOR 2021

33Pensions Marketing Campaign of the Year
A new category for 2021, this award recognises those firms, pension funds or associations that have developed leading-edge, relevant and effective marketing campaigns in the UK pensions space, which aim to raise awareness of their specific offerings to the market, or raise awareness of a particular theme. Enter here

34Pensions Age Thought-Leadership Award
A new category for 2021, this award recognises those firms, pension funds or associations that are leading the way with their thought-leadership / industry research in the UK pensions space at a time when innovation and insight is needed more than ever to meet the challenges facing UK pension funds today. Enter here

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

35. Personality of the Year
This award (nominated by our readers) aims to recognise those individuals that have truly made their mark in the UK pensions space. Nominees can include anyone who has had an influential role in the UK pension sphere - be they a government representative, someone from a pensions association, someone working for a service provider (such as an asset manager or a consultant), or someone working for a pension fund. To nominate someone for the Personality award please explain in 100 words or more why you would like to nominate this person and send it to francesca.fabrizi@pensionsage.com along with a large, high resolution photograph of your nominee.
2020 WINNER: Damian Stancombe, Partner, Barnett Waddingham