Professional Pensions were delighted to host the 19th UK Pensions Awards on Thursday 5th May, London. The awards were presented at a glittering gala dinner at Mayfair’s Grosvenor House Hotel with the support of various entertaining acts.
This year’s UK Pensions Awards brought together over 750 pensions’ professionals from across the UK to celebrate their achievements over the past year. Professional Pensions Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Stapleton, delivered the awards welcome address and introduced Kathleen Miles, Director of Fundraising from the UK Pensions Awards supporting charity, Mind.
Donations on the night and bids towards the silent auction, which gave guests a chance to win some magnificent prizes, raised a total of £9,726.47. The awards alone have raised £35,682 for Incisive Media Foundation charity partners since 2013.
Dinner soon followed and it was not long before guests were tweeting images of their smoked gressingham duck leg and the mouth-watering vanilla bean cheesecake desert, making full use of the twitter wall. After dinner it was time for the eagerly awaited awards presentation hosted by comedian Rich Hall and supported by the ACM Gospel Choir.
Rich delivered a stomach-clenching stand-up followed by the presentation of 34 individual awards culminating in the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to Vince Linnane. Rich even managed to sustain the audience’s laughter throughout the nerve-wracking winners’ announcements.
Following the presentation of the awards, the surprise act for the night, took to the stage: the Queen Tribute band. Notable songs such as ‘we are the champions’, ‘another one bites the dust’ and ‘don’t stop me now’, enticed guests to the dancefloor. The show must go on! The final act of the evening, an energising duo, performed timeless classics allowing guests to continue partying well into the night.
The awards shine the light on excellence and recognise the advisers, providers and investment managers that offer the highest level of innovation, performance and service to occupational pension schemes and their members, and have done the most to improve over the past year (the 12 months to October 31 2015).
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For more information about the UK Pensions Awards and to see this year’s winners list, please visit: www.ukpensionsawards.com