How to enter
The awards are OPEN for entries until the 8th February 2019. To submit your entries please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry period: 03/12/2018 - 01/02/2019
Each category will be independently judged by a panel of experts. Categories need to receive a minimum of three entries to run.
20th anniversary categories:
The PIPAs have been recognising excellence among providers of services and products to UK occupational pension schemes for 20 years. Over this time, the industry has had to evolve and adapt to a swath of changes, from developments in regulation to new government initiatives such as auto-enrolment and freedom and choice. To celebrate the way in which providers have responded to changing circumstances over time, we are awarding several 20th anniversary categories.
Submissions must be no more than 1000 words in total, and may include brief tables or charts.
Companies must demonstrate their contribution to the industry across the time frame specified as far as possible. They will be allowed to refer in their submissions to events involving companies that later became part of their firm, for example as the result of mergers and acquisitions.
Entrants that have been active in the market for less than 20 years, but which are able to show a substantial contribution to their clients and the industry over a sustained period of time, will be given equal consideration by the judges as those that have longer histories.
Entrants to “20 years” categories should focus on areas such as performance, service and innovation, demonstrating how they have adapted to meet clients’ needs across the period.
Any data dealing with performance must be shown as annualised returns to September 2018, in pounds and net of fees. A benchmark must also be provided for the judges.
Scheme and Investment categories:
Maximum of 400 words plus brief tables. For investment categories: Performance must be shown as one, three and five-year annualised returns, net of fees, to end-2018 and results since inception. A benchmark must also be provided for the judges and all results should be presented in the base currency for the strategy, stating whether it is hedged or unhedged. All figures should also clearly show if they are from composite data (and if so, what the data are) or individual fund performance. For the “passive global equities” category, entrants should include the total expense ratio of the chosen fund, the tracking error, and the range of strategies available. You should include a few words about retention/key people running the strategy. Entrants of all categories are encouraged to demonstrate sustainability of investments/strategies. For services categories: Performance can be indicated through client wins, the solving of problems and performance delivery for your clients.
Maximum of 400 words. How have you innovated over the past year? What new services or options have you introduced to improve the performance of your clients’ pension schemes, to save them money or to reduce their risk? For investment categories: Entrants should state where they believe their product stands out, e.g. at the idea generation or the trading/implementation stage.
Maximum of 400 words. How does your service to clients differ from your competitors - what makes it unique? Case studies and client feedback can be used to illustrate improved service standards. For investment categories: This section can include references to transparency for investors and stewardship.
Individual award for Industry Champion:
Pensions Expert will be giving an individual award to someone who made a special contribution to the industry in the past year, championed the cause of schemes and their members, or pushed forward the public discourse. The judges will each nominate someone, giving examples and arguments as to why they deserve the award. The panel of judges, led by the editorial team, will determine the winner.