The winners of the inaugural Investing Reviews Awards 2021 have been announced today in a packed Hilton ballroom on Park Lane.
OK, that’s a fib. We deliberately avoided a glitzy central London shindig as we didn’t want to sell our nominees tables for several grand a pop.
We thought all the effort should go into the awards rather than overpriced events packages.
In total, there were 97 nominees across 10 categories, collectively amassing some 3,000 votes from the public, helped by plenty of buzz and engagement online.
Our five judges, led by Julian Knight MP, who used to be a financial journalist himself at the BBC and Independent, said the competition was fierce and the decision-making process tough.
But they toughed it out and our 10 winners are listed below. All will receive a real-world trophy in the post and, of course, the kudos of receiving their gong for their contributions to financial services and personal finance.
The Investing Reviews Awards 2021 winners
The following winners were recognised in this year’s awards, with select judges’ comments.
Best Personal Finance Blogger
Winner – Dr Nikki Ramskill – The Female Money Doctor
“After recognising the stress that money issues created in her patients, Dr Nikki took action to educate and motivate people to get better with their finances. These bite-sized and easy-to-understand blogs cover a wide range of topics, with plenty of practical guidance.”
Best Personal Finance Book
Winner – Selina Flavius – Black Girl Finance
“Among seriously tough competition, Selina has brought a refreshingly new voice to the personal finance bookshelf.”
Best Personal Finance Journalist
Winner – Rachel Mortimer – The Telegraph
“Somehow manages to make mortgages interesting and accessible to all, which is no small feat. In the world of bricks and mortar finance, Rachel is a breath of fresh air.”
Best Personal Finance Podcast
Winner – Meaningful Money – Pete Matthew
“Pete is a huge advocate for helping people with their money. His content is insightful, clear, and always helpful to consumers.”
Best Personal Finance Social Media
Winner – Ruth Taylor – @moneysavvymumuk
“Ruth’s colourful and fun Instagram account makes budgeting really accessible. With free resources and entertaining reels, Ruth’s 12k+ followers are given practical guidance to repay debt and begin building wealth.”
Best Personal Finance Website
Winner – Money Saving Expert – moneysavingexpert.com
“I don’t think a week goes by without someone telling me that they have read something useful on Martin Lewis’s website. He is trusted and caring and his integrity is clear.”
Best Financial Services Blogger
Winner – Chris Skinner
“Amazingly diverse and topical insight into the wide field of financial services. Well written and accessible articles, which are useful for all.”
Best Financial Services Book
Winner – Anne Boden – Banking On It: How I Disrupted an Industry
“Anne is an inspiration and a force for change, which is long overdue in the banking sector.”
Best Financial Services Journalist
Winner – Valentina Romei – Financial Times
“Insightful articles on all manner of economic topics. Valentina brings clarity to financial services on the macro issues that affect us all.”
Best Financial Services Podcast
Winner – Fintech Insider
“Well established, consistent and boasts a wide range of content. A super resource for those who want to keep up with the latest disruptors in the world of financial services.”
My final thoughts
The incredibly tough task of selecting the finalists and subsequent winners for the 2021 Investing Review awards was carried out by our panel of independent Judges, to whom I am extremely grateful for both their time and dedication in reviewing and scoring our talented nominations.
My thanks also to the nominees, both for their outstanding contribution to financial services and personal finance, and for their enthusiasm in supporting the first of many Investing Reviews awards.
I am delighted with the success of this year’s awards which seeks to recognise the extraordinary accomplishments that have been presented to us this year.
Further information on the winners and nominees can be found on the official Investing Reviews Awards website.