Everyone at Leppard Underwriting is walking on air as they have been named as a finalist for the 2017 FIA Awards, presented by the Financial Intermediaries’ Association.

“This is how much these awards mean in the financial service sector,” says Stuart Sinclair. “Just being nominated is a huge deal for us.”

Leppard was one of four nominees in the category Underwriting Manager of the Year, as voted for by brokers.

“What this tells us is that we’re rated by brokers as one of the top four UMAs in the country,” says Sinclair. “If we win, it’ll be the cherry on the top.”

The FIA added a new element to the awards process this year in the form of a diagnostic survey. Participating brokers were asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire about the product quality, service quality, relationship quality and overall satisfaction with each service provider.

“We look forward to receiving the feedback after the awards have been announced so that we can see exactly what we’re doing right and where we can improve,” says Sinclair.

“A massive congratulations to Leppard on their nomination for Underwriting Manager of the Year,” says Doug Laburn of Lombard Partnerships. “It’s a real privilege to be partnered with a team of people at Leppard who are completely dedicated to providing world class service, skill and solutions to our collective broker markets and clients.

“It’s difficult to find a stronger endorsement than from the FIA members, and the Leppard team can be really proud of the standard they have set in the PI and liability industry.”

The 2017 FIA Awards will be announced on the evening of 8 June at the Sandton Convention Centre.