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LifeSearch 25th Anniversary Awards Shortlist

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Published 7 Mar 2023


At it kicks off its celebrations to mark a quarter of a century in business, LifeSearch, the UK’s leading independent protection specialist, is pleased to announce the shortlist for its 2023 Protection awards, including two new ‘Hall of Fame’ categories. 
The LifeSearch annual Protection Awards, sponsored by Iress, celebrate those individuals and firms who have worked with the protection broker during the last 12 months as well as wider recognition for industry leaders plus journalists, new entrants, and influencers. 
In its 19th year, all sponsorship proceeds will go towards LifeSearch Lives, an initiative set up in 2020 to offer support to known families who have come under financial hardship or needing financial support to support unexpected life changes. LifeSearch employees raise funds from activities including bake sales to payroll giving to marathons. Families who have benefitted use the donations to meet varying costs such as physio and specialist equipment.  
The shortlist, across 13 categories, include two ‘Hall of Fame’ awards – The Nick Crossman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Protection Journalism that recognises outstanding contribution to protection journalism over the last 25 years and Outstanding Insurer that recognises the insurer who has contributed the most to the protection industry over the last 25 years.  
The 2023 shortlist has been announced as below: 
Leading Product Innovation, sponsored by Carr Consulting & Communications: 
Guardian, Legal & General, LV=, Vitality, Royal London 
Exceptional Customer Outcomes, sponsored by Comparethemarket:
Royal London, Aviva, Legal & General, AIG, The Exeter  
Best Income Protection Provider, sponsored by UnderwriteMe: 
British Friendly Society, LV=, Aviva, Royal London  
Business Protection Hero:
Legal & General, LV=, Scottish Widows, Aegon  
Best Service for Protected Families:

AIG, Vitality, LV=  
Claims Hero:  
Aegon, Royal London, Guardian  
Most Valued Player at an Insurer: 
Chloe Davies – Guardian, Steven Prandstatter – Royal London, Karen Leys – Aegon, Hannah Ramsden – Vitality  
Best Critical Illness Provider, sponsored by CIExpert:
LV=, Scottish Widows, Royal London, Guardian, Aviva 
Best use of Data and Technology, sponsored by Iress: 
Swiss Re Reinsurance Solutions, Scor Re, YuLife, Aviva, Vitality, Contact State 
Hall of Fame – The Nick Crossman Award for Outstanding Contribution to Protection Journalism – sponsored by LV=
Shortlist to be revealed on the day
Protection Leader of the Year:
Gavin Maguire – Scor Re, Dominic Grinstead – MetLife, Rose St Louis – Lloyds Banking Group, Louise Colley - Zurich 

Outstanding Insurer of the Year: 
Guardian, Royal London, LV=, Scottish Widows, The Exeter 
Hall of Fame – Outstanding Insurer:
Shortlist to be revealed on the day
Debbie Kennedy, Chief Executive at LifeSearch said:
“For almost 20 years, LifeSearch has recognised and celebrated those in the industry that have contributed, shown excellence, and stood as ambassadors for the industry. Now as we celebrate 25 years’ protecting people, families and businesses, it is also important that we reflect back to give thanks to those that have been part of our journey, but also to look forward to the future to inspire the next chapter of innovation and growth and in our market. 
“These awards are voted for by our people and new this year are two Hall of Fame accolades that acknowledge both an outstanding insurer and a journalist that have made a significant and positive contribution to the protection industry in the last 25 years. We’re also delighted to be able to give back, by donating all sponsorship proceeds to our LifeSearch Lives initiative that helps people in hardship.” 
LifeSearch will announce and celebrate award winners at a special “25 years in protection” event on Thursday 23rd March 2023 in London, to give thanks to those who have been part of our journey and to recognise key industry figures for their excellence and contribution to the industry. 

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For further information, please contact: 
Karen Mignon / Kevin Carr, Carr Consulting & Communications 
Email: / Tel: 07766 651327 
Email: / Tel: 07887 838811 
About LifeSearch 
In 25 years, LifeSearch has grown into the UK’s biggest life insurance specialist, offering expert, independent advice to customers around life insurance, critical illness cover, income protection, family income benefit, serious illness cover and business insurance. Over our two-plus-decades, LifeSearch has picked up over a hundred awards for company culture, expertise and customer service. We have a TrustPilot score of 4.9 out of 5 (excellent) and came Top #3 in our debut appearance on the Sunday Times’ list of Best Places to Work in the UK – 

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