The Winners

The ADVFN International Financial Awards recognise and celebrate the best of breed products and services from across the financial industry, both nationally and internationally

1 Best IR Website – AIM Advanced Oncotherapy
2 Best Financial Print Journalist Anthony Hilton
3 Best Social Trading Platform ayondo
4 Best Execution Only Stockbroker Barclays Stockbrokers
5 Finance Blogger of the Year Broker Man Dan
6 Best Spread Betting Platform CMC Markets
7 Best Crowdfunding Platform Crowdcube
8 Best Research Provider Edison
9 Best Currency Exchange Service FAIRFX
10 Best UK Smaller Companies Fund F&C Investments 
11 Wealth Manager of the Year Fisher Investments
12 Best CFD Advisor Galvan Research and Trading
13 Best Stockbroker for International Dealing Hargreaves Lansdown
14 Best UK Property Investment Provider IA Property
15 Best Multi Platform Provider IG
16 Best Finance App IG
17 Best Investment Magazine Investors Chronicle
18 Outstanding Services to IR Issuer Direct
19 Best Newspaper Tipster John Ficenec
20 Best IR Website - FTSE 100 Kingfisher
21 Best Fund Information Platform Morningstar
22 Best Financial Betting App Nenx
23 Best UK Mid Cap Fund Neptune
24 Best Economic TV Journalist Paul Mason
25 Best Online Trading Services Plus500
26 Best Advisory Stockbroker Redmayne-Bentley
27 Best Financial Newsletter Research Investments
28 Best Trading Education Provider Robbie Burns
29 Best International Fund Schroders
30 Best Overseas Property Investment Provider Select Property
31 Covered Warrants Provider of the Year Societe Generale
32 Best Alternative Investments Provider Stanley Gibbons
33 Best Forex Platform Swissquote
34 Best Low Cost Stockbroker TD Direct Investing
35 Financial Publication of the Year The Financial Times
36 Best Online Stockbroker The Share Centre
37 Self Select ISA Provider of the Year The Share Centre

Advanced Oncotherapy's team based at CERN in Geneva focuses on the development of a proprietary proton accelerator called Linac Image Guided Hadron Technology (LIGHT). LIGHT accelerates protons to the energy levels achieved in legacy machines but in a unit that is a quarter of the size and between a quarter and a fifth of the cost. This compact configuration delivers proton beams in a way that facilitates a greater precision and electronic control which is not achievable with older technologies. 


Advanced Oncotherapy is a provider of particle therapy with protons that harnesses the best in modern technology. As a result, Advanced Oncotherapy will offer healthcare providers affordable systems that will enable them to treat cancer with an innovative technology as well as better health outcomes and lower treatment related side effects.




Anthony Hilton is an author, broadcaster, journalist and lecturer; and is currently Financial Editor of the Evening Standard. 


He joined Fleet Street in 1968 as a Trainee on the Guardian. He was City Editor of the Times, 1981 to 1983 and City Editor of the Evening Standard from 1984 to 1989 and in November 1989 became Managing Director of the Evening Standard, a post he held for six years before returning to the City Office as Editor in 1996. He is now Financial Editor.


Anthony was awarded Business Journalist of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Financial Journalism at the Assosciation of British Insurers Financial Media Awards 2014.


Anthony has worked for the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Express. He was Editor of Accountancy Age for five years and has served in New York, where for three years he was Business Correspondent for the London Sunday Times.



ayondo provides a platform on which the trading signals from certified Top Traders are made public. These signals are made available for users for free. With ayondo everyone can participate in the expertise of others, thereby creating a win-win situation for top traders and for the customers alike; true to the spirit of social trading.




Barclays Stockbrokers is one of the UK’s leading execution-only stockbrokers offering investors a cost effective and convenient way to make their own investment decisions. The company is committed to helping clients on their investment journey by offering state-of-the-art investment functionality, as well as a broad and diverse range of products and accounts and a dedicated UK-based Client Service Team.


Barclays Stockbrokers was established in 1986 and is part of Barclays Bank Group. Barclays is a major global financial services provider with over 300 years of history and expertise.



Banned from UK financial chat forums in 2008 for allegedly posting insider knowledge, Broker Man Daniel (BMD) began his one-man revolution at the cult private investor site and on Twitter @brokermandaniel. BMD posts can create a stir online and in the City and make compelling reading. Love him or loathe him, controversy follows him.

Founded in 1989, CMC Markets is a leading global provider of financial spread betting and CFDs with up to 33 million trades executed annually in over 70 countries.

It provides: 


Access to shares, indices, FX, treasuries and commodities

Competitive spreads - with FX pairs starting from 0.7pts

Advanced trading platform and charting

Custom-built apps for iPhone, iPad and Android™

Over 5,000 global products to spread bet

Dedicated 24-hour support




Crowdcube is the world’s leading investment crowdfunding platform. It enables anyone to invest alongside professional investors in start-up, early stage and growth businesses through equity, debt and investment fund options.


It currently has in excess of 100,000 investors looking for more interesting investments.





Edison is an investment intelligence firm, which has a team of over 100 analysts and investment professionals who work with leading companies, fund managers and investment banks worldwide to support their capital markets activity. The company provides services to more than 400 retained corporate and investor clients from its offices in London, New York, Berlin, Sydney and Wellington.


Companies of all sizes benefit from its research service where it provides the highest standards of research and unrivalled distribution of its reports on a truly global and unrestricted basis. Its corporate services also include an Investor Access Service where the company actively markets companies to professional investors, with a particular focus on private client wealth managers, and a Commercial Due Diligence Service where it assists companies, private equity houses and corporate finance teams in identifying and assessing potential corporate transactions.



FAIRFX is an international payment services provider, offering services to customers in the UK since 2007.


The Group has developed a cloud-based peer-to-peer payments platform that enables personal and business customers to make easy, low-cost multi-currency payments in a broad range of currencies and countries and across a range of FX products via one integrated system.


The FAIRFX platform facilitates payments either direct to bank accounts or at over 30 million merchants and over 30 million ATMs in a broad range of countries globally via Mobile apps, the Internet, SMS, wire transfer and MasterCard/VISA debit cards.



The fund aims to achieve medium- to long-term capital growth through investment primarily in UK smaller companies. It invests mainly in a spread of equities of UK smaller companies. A proportion of the assets may comprise of convertible stocks and other permitted investment vehicles which are linked to UK smaller companies.


F&C Investments  





Fisher Investments UK is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fisher Investments, a private, independent multi-billion dollar investment management company. Fisher Investments UK offers a wide range of wealth management strategies managed by Fisher Investments for individuals and institutions by devising a bespoke investment plan for each client. Fisher Investments has a respected reputation for managing the diverse needs of high net worth individuals across a range of international investment structures and in tax efficient environments.





Galvan Research and Trading is the UK’s number one CFD advisor. Established in 2004, the company has built a strong reputation within the industry. The team at Galvan has won a number of major awards, including an ADVFN International Financial Award, over the last 10 years. Its aim is to provide investors of all sizes with professional advice and an approachable service. This means each client at Galvan is looked after by their own personal trader. Galvan specialises in CFDs as it firmly believes they are the most innovative and versatile product available to investors today. Galvan clients get the peace of mind from knowing that regulation by the FCA means the highest level of governance and transparency.




Hargreaves Lansdown is one of the UK's leading independent financial service providers and asset management specialists. Its mission is to help investors make more of their investments by providing the best information, the best service and the best prices. The company describes itself as a fund supermarket, a fund manager, a discount broker, a stockbroker, a pensions specialist, an annuity specialist, a wealth manager and a financial adviser. In other words, a one-stop shop.



IA Property sources, packages and delivers the very best investment properties, buy-to-lets, HMOs, portfolios and new build developments. Its simple approach puts investors directly in contact with the seller ensuring a lean purchase model for all parties. 


“We get stock first. We get stock direct. We get stock for less.”


IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries. Established in 1974 as the world’s first financial spread betting firm, IG’s aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is already an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs and a global leader in forex.  



IG is a global leader in online trading, providing fast and flexible access to over 10,000 financial markets – including shares, indices, forex, commodities and binaries. Established in 1974 as the world’s first financial spread betting firm, IG’s aim is to become the default choice for active traders globally. It is already an award-winning multi-platform trading company, the world’s No.1 provider of CFDs and a global leader in forex. 



Investors Chronicle has been helping investors make their money work harder for over 150 years. It is renowned for its market-beating share tips as well as comprehensive and independent coverage of the UK stock market.






Issuer Direct Corporation is a market leader and innovator of Disclosure Management Systems and Cloud–based Compliance Technologies. The Company’s flagship technology platform – the Disclosure Management System (DMS) – is a secure cloud based workflow compliance collaboration system for corporate issuers and compliance professionals. Today, Issuer Direct works with several thousand compliance professionals and hundreds of corporate issuers worldwide. It accomplishes this through several brand names.


John Ficenec is Editor of the Questor column at Telegraph Media Group working across the Daily and Sunday titles and online. He is a qualified accountant who trained at KPMG before moving into asset management and the private equity industry.


He has worked in financial journalism since 2011 and joined the Telegraph in 2013.






Kingfisher plc is Europe’s largest home improvement retail group and the third largest in the world, with over 1,150 stores in ten countries in Europe and Asia. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt, Screwfix. Kingfisher also has a 50% joint venture business in Turkey with Koç Group. Kingfisher plc is included in two of the main socially responsible investment indexes – the FTSE4Good and Dow Jones Sustainability indexes.



Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and retirement plan providers and sponsors.


It provides data on approximately 500,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 14 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets.


Morningstar has operations in 27 countries.


Nenx is a new app that enables players to make simple, fast bets via their mobile phones on global financial markets in real time with limited risk. 

The app, available for iPhone/iPad and Android, is designed to be simple, intuitive and provides live prices and charting direct from the markets for a fun, high-octane experience challenging players to predict whether a market will RISE or FALL over timed periods from 30 seconds to 5 minutes.



The investment objective of Neptune UK Mid Cap Fund is to generate capital growth by investing predominantly in the companies of the FTSE 250 Mid and in the 50 largest companies by market capitalisation listed on the FTSE Small Cap (excluding investment trusts and other funds) with a view to attaining top quartile performance within the appropriate peer group. The Fund may also invest in other transferable securities (with no geographical restriction), collective investment schemes, cash or near cash, deposits and money-market instruments. Derivatives and forward transactions may be used by the ACD for efficient portfolio management.




Paul Mason  is Economics Editor at Channel 4 News.


He spent the first ten years of his working life as a professional musicologist. Then he switched to journalism, starting in local free-sheets before moving to Reed Business Information, in Surrey. As deputy editor of Computer Weekly he was part of a team that uncovered a series of IT disasters and controversies, including the role of software in the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre. He became BBC Newsnight's business correspondent in 2001, making his first live appearance on 9/11, and economics editor in 2008.


He has been twice shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, won the Wincott Award for Business Journalism in 2003, the Diageo African Business Reporting Award in 2007, and was named the Royal Television Society's specialist reporter of the year in 2012 for his coverage of the economic crisis and social unrest in southern Europe.





Plus500 is a leading provider of Contracts for Difference (CFDs), delivering trading facilities on shares, forex, commodities and indices, alongside innovative trading technology.


Plus500 has developed and operates an online trading platform for retail customers to trade CFDs internationally over more than 1,900 different underlying global financial instruments comprising equities, ETFs, foreign exchange, indices and commodities. The Group enables retail customers to trade CFDs in more than 50 countries. The trading platform is accessible from multiple operating systems (Windows, smartphones (iOS and Android) and tablets (iOS and Android)) and the internet.

Plus500 Ltd, a public company traded on the AIM section of the London Stock Exchange, operates its CFD business through its subsidiaries: Plus500UK Ltd authorized & regulated by the FCA (#509909) Plus500AU Pty Ltd issued by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC); and Plus500CY Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC).


81% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

Established in 1875, Redmayne-Bentley is one of the UK's largest independently owned stockbrokers. The Firm is a member of the London Stock Exchange and the Wealth Management Association (WMA) and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The company has almost 40 branches nationwide providing traditional stockbroking and investment management services.








Dr Mike Tubbs and his team, including managing editor David Stevenson, use all their experience and contacts to run a successful investment advisory service for an exclusive set of private investors. They search the stock markets of the world to find companies who wisely reinvest profits into R&D - Dr Tubbs calls the strategy "invisible dividends".


Research Investments   




Robbie Burns - AKA The Naked Trader - left his job as a finance editor for BskyB to trade full-time, and has been a successful trader for more than ten years. He has also written best selling book The Naked Trader (which has had several editions) and The Naked Trader's Guide to Spread Betting. He also wrote the DIY Pension column for the Sunday Times for three years, which chronicled how he doubled the money in his pension scheme.


His website is simply his diary/blog, which details what he’s bought, sold or shorted, with brief explanations as to why. He is not a ‘tipster’, rather a trader who states his positions.


The fund’s objective is to provide capital growth primarily through investment in equity securities of smaller US companies. Smaller US companies are considered companies which, at the time of purchase, form the bottom 30% by market capitalization of the US market. The fund seeks to provide access to a higher risk asset class and lower than benchmark risk by building the portfolio out of three unique categories of securities. These are ‘mispriced growth’ ‘steady eddies’ and ‘turnarounds. As their excess returns are relatively uncorrelated we have historically delivered a portfolio with lower risk than our index.






Select Property Group is the UK’s leading retailer of investment property, with investors customers in 117 countries.  Operating since 2004 the company has a well-earned reputation of delivering successful investments in both emerging markets and through the identification of niche opportunities in established markets.  A key differentiator of the business is that it controls every aspect of the investment property: building, selling and managing, an approach which ensures longevity of the investment. 

Societe Generale has put all its professional expertise to work to serve its customers and the economy, with the aim of becoming THE relationship-focused bank. All Societe Generale employees share its four core values: commitment, responsibility, team spirit and innovation.



Established in 1856, The Stanley Gibbons Group plc is the world’s leading rare stamp and prestige collectibles merchant with offices in the UK, US, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Channel Islands.

Holders of the Royal Warrant as philatelists since 1914 and AIM-listed in London the company serves pre-eminent collectors, investors, philatelists and numismatists all over the world.

Swissquote Ltd, the London-based subsidiary of Swissquote Bank, provides online Forex, commodities and stock indices trading services for traders based in the European Union.


Its deep liquidity and unique, fully transparent trading model for Forex trading deliver precise price execution.


Clients benefit from the support of its multicultural team of trading experts, as well as its experienced financial research team who deliver exclusive Forex market analysis throughout the day.




Since starting out in the UK in 1997, TD Direct Investing has grown to become one of the UK’s leading execution-only brokers, servicing approximately 300,000 U.K. customers with £13 billion in customer assets (stocks and cash) on their behalf. TD leads the industry on simplifying and demystifying DIY brokering and is focused on providing a high value proposition (having launched new pricing and a raft of new tools and solutions, removing exit fees and leading the drive for increased transparency in DIY investing).  Customers can access services online, over the telephone or through the TD Trading App for Apple® and Android devices. 




The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined print and digital circulation of more than 700,000 (Deloitte assured, Q1 2014).


Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving almost half of total traffic and 20 per cent of digital subscriptions. FT education products now serve 37 of the world’s top 50 business schools.








The Share Centre’s reputation for plain speaking, fair value and quality advice has ensured its place as one of the UK’s leading retail stockbrokers with more than 265, 000 Share Accounts and ISAs. Passionate about investment, its investor accounts and services are designed to make investing in the stock market easy, whether online or by phone. Customers can deal in a wide range of investments; the company offers ISAs for straightforward, tax-efficient saving, and it makes investing for children and retirement hassle free.


The Share Centre's reputation for plain speaking, fair value and quality advice has ensured its place as one of the UK’s leading retail stockbrokers with more than 265, 000 Share Accounts and ISAs. Passionate about investment, its investor accounts and services are designed to make investing in the stock market easy, whether online or by phone. Customers can deal in a wide range of investments; the company offers ISAs for straightforward, tax-efficient saving, and it makes investing for children and retirement hassle free.