Brentwood, United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 18, 2009 -- The accolade of Best Financial Adviser has been awarded to Bower Retirement Services at the Equity Release Awards 2009.
The Awards, the most important in the Equity Release industry, were sponsored by Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV) and Safe Home Income Plans (SHIP) amongst others and recognised those who offer the very best advice and products.
"Voted by Top Equity Release Providers"
Shortlisted from hundreds of advisers across the UK, Bower Retirement Services fought off stiff competition to find themselves one of just three finalists, thanks to nominations from a selection of top equity release providers. Choices were based on the adviser's ability to deliver an outstanding level of advice to consumers considering equity release and their commitment in providing a moral and ethical service.
The awards ceremony took place on 13 November at the Merchant Taylor's Hall in London and was hosted by BBC Broadcaster Garry Richardson.
Receiving the Best Financial Adviser (less than 10 employees) award was Geoff Charles, Managing Director of Bower Retirement Services. He said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have won this prestigious award. Being nominated by the industry's most important players makes us very proud and we'd like to sincerely thank everyone who voted for us."
"The Award confirms we are doing our job morally, ethically and thoroughly: the way it should be done."
Geoff Charles was eager to comment on how the Equity Release Awards were an important vehicle for driving advice and service levels upwards and how they enable consumers to recognise quality in the industry.
"This award confirms we are doing our job properly, the way it should be done: thoroughly, morally and ethically. The providers have recognised we are offering a service worthy of a Best Financial Adviser award which means we are succeeding in giving customers the in-depth level of advice they must have before they proceed with an equity release plan."
Bower Retirement Services is based in Essex and has a team of specialist equity release advisers covering the south coast of England up through Essex and London into East Anglia and the Home Counties. Their incredibly in-depth planning service involves a unique and substantial financial planning and recommendation report and means tested benefits analysis, in-keeping with the standards called for by the legal profession.
"We'll build on this award winning service now, so that we thoroughly exceed expectations where independent financial advice is concerned."
So what next for the award winning equity release specialists? Geoff Charles says he intends to continue building on the model which now has proven success: "Being awarded the great honour of Best Financial Adviser has confirmed to me that we are serving our customers in the best way possible, and I intend to continue building on that service level so that we not only meet, but thoroughly exceed customers' expectations where independent financial advice is concerned."