Motor Finance Europe: Conference & Awards

Munich, Germany
19th October 2021

Awards

You are now invited to submit your nominations for the LIVE Motor Finance Europe Conference and Awards 2021!

The Motor Finance Europe Conference & Awards 2021 will take place in Munich Germany on 19th October 2021. We’re thrilled to be hosting this incredible event in person and are quite impressed with the quality of entries submitted thus far! Begin your own nomination by clicking the button below.

Deadline: 5pm BST on 13th September 2021

Join us for an exciting event by submitting your entries today!

 

Awards Categories & Judging Criteria


CORPORATE AWARDS

Captive Finance Company of the Year

This award is open to nominations for the captive finance houses of any consumer vehicle producer. These finance companies have become increasingly important to the manufacturers in keeping up overall car sale volumes. This in turn has driven greater levels of finance penetration and more innovation from the finance houses. For this award, judges will take into account:

• The performance of the finance company in terms of finance penetration within the brands, and contribution to group profits/revenue

• Evidence the finance company has helped sales of the mother company grow, despite a tough economic climate

• Development of the business, e.g. new financial products and growth in volumes in 2020 compared to 2019.

Independent Finance Provider of the Year

This award is for the bank owned independent lender is who is best able to demonstrate a proven track record of working well with intermediaries and success in improving business volumes. Judges will specifically looking for:

• What makes the lender stand out from the competition

• Development of the business, e.g. new financial products and growth in volumes in 2020 compared to 2019.

• Demonstrable relationship success with intermediaries, such as supporting dealer activity or helping with regulatory changes

Sub-Prime Lender of the Year

This award looks to acknowledge those who have provided finance to customers with less than stellar credit histories. Lending in this important niche usually involves higher rates but higher risks, and this award is looking to see who has best adapted their business to cope with the challenges, and made success of the challenges. Specifically, judges will look at:

• Demonstrate a thorough approach to affordability and credit checking, without overly effecting response times

• How customers whose circumstances have changed and are in need of further assistance are taken care of

• Products specifically designed to be appropriate to sub-prime customers.

Intermediary of the Year

Be it broker or dealer, intermediaries are the life blood of the industry, and vital for introducing new business to all finance companies. While sizes vary from small operations to huge franchised networks, success always involves a unique mix of relationship management, technology and processes, and recent regulatory changes have only made things harder. For this award judges will be looking at:

• Proposal acceptance rates

• Investment in staff and processes

• Demonstrable ability to add value to lending partners’ sales operations

• Relationships with lessors

Advisory Firm of the Year

This award is for a consultancy advisory firm that has stood out amongst its peers in taking a unique approach to the business, offering specific insight on the industry and pioneered motor finance as a key market in the past year.

Legal Provider of the Year

This award will recognise a legal services provider of any size that is deemed to transact a significant proportion of its business in the motor finance industry. Judges take into account:

• Team expertise in law relating to motor finance

• Visibility and influence in the marketplace

• Versatility, both in terms of types of work undertaken (litigation, transactional etc)

• Volume and complexity of work undertaken

• Notable successes on behalf of clients

Digital Innovation of the Year

This award is designed to recognise a specific digital innovation from a fleet services provider in the past 12 months. We’re looking for entries to demonstrate how this innovation does something new in the fleet market. Specifically, judges will consider:

• Entrants must make clear what the specific digital innovation of the past 12 months is.

• An explanation and evidence of how the innovation improves the customer experience or improves the environmental impact of fleets.

• How does this innovation improve the lives of fleet managers, drivers or both?

Best Finance Product of the Year

This award is for the finance product from a lender or broker which strikes the best balance between offering customers a good deal and ensuring a sustainable business for the company in question. The product in question should benefit the customer as well as the company. Specifically, judges will be looking at:

• The specifics of how the product works, and what makes this different from what else is out there?

• Why a customer would choose this product over an alternative, and how they benefit from it.

• Evidence of customer satisfaction being balanced with a need for sustainable business practises. 

Best Pandemic Response Initiative

This award recognises a specific initiative that was launched in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting clients or customers during what has been an extremely tough period for the industry. We’re looking for the most innovative or most effective solution to support those who needed it. The judges will look out for:

• The speed and effectiveness with which the initiative was rolled out.

• What issues did the initiative serve to solve, and how easy was it to use.

• Evidence of its success with clients/customers.

Best Mobility Solution

This award recognises the changing nature of mobility and those who have led the market in enabling the next generation of mobility solutions. Judges will take into account:

• Solutions that take into account changing consumer behaviour and meet their new needs

• What makes this product different to what has gone before?

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

The following awards are presented to individuals and as such these will be awarded by the judging panel without prior nomination:

Best ‘Green’ Initiative of the Year

Green energy is the order of the day as the UK government recently unveiled a series of targets to reduce emissions across the country – with the automotive industry presented with a ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. This award will recognise a leader in the industry, driving adoption of greener AFVs or promoting better environmental practices. Judges will take into account:

• An initiative designed to help consumers reduce their personal emissions.

• Evidence of uptake and success of the programme.

Industry Ambassador of the Year

This award will go to an individual who has helped to develop and enhance the reputation or the economic role of the motor finance industry over the past 12 months.

Lifetime Achievement Award

This award will go to an individual who has helped to build and shape the motor finance industry over the course of their course of their career. They will have taken strategic leadership roles within a company or companies, and steered them to greater success, mentored colleagues through challenges and be a top influencer in the industry. The Lifetime Achievement is, above all else, a recognition of a career which has shown experience, talent and commitment to motor finance.

Rising Star Award

Motor finance is famously an industry of experienced heads who know their industry like the back of their hands. This can make standing out a difficult task for newer members of the industry, and this award looks to help highlight the work of someone under the age of 35. The winner does not need to have yet risen to a senior job, but will need to be someone who can evidence the positive impact they have had on the motor finance industry.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

To enquire about sponsorship opportunities for the conference, please contact:

Ben Lloyd-Davies
T: +44 (0) 20 7936 6552
E: BenLloyd-Davies@arena-international.com

If you would like to discuss a media partnership collaboration, please contact:

Kadin Luong
T +44 (0) 20 7936 6811
kadin.luong@arena-international.com


Speaker Information

For further information or to get involved you can contact the producer on:

Lu Tikrity
T: +44 (0) 161 359 5349
E: lu.tikrity@arena-international.com