We are honoured to launch the 2021 Shares Awards, the annual event celebrating the best of the UK's financial services industry. Before the winners are revealed in November in Shares Magazine, we need your input to ascertain who has stood out from the crowd and provided superior services to investors and traders.

The awards are determined by votes cast by Shares' loyal users, so this is a chance for customers to let it be known which providers are worthy of an accolade.

You'll see from the list of categories that will include Best Customer Service, an area in which Shares is very passionate. Ask many people and they will rank service standards much higher than the cost of using platforms. This may sound surprising given the importance of managing costs when investing to maximise your returns, yet a superior service does have massive value in itself.

Other categories include IPO of the year which judges how well a listed company has engaged with its retail investors. The role of investors has historically focused on institutions like fund managers and banks. Today's retail investor craves direct interaction with companies and personalised treatment, and this is being recognised by some of the more forward-thinking plcs. The importance of the retail investor community is highly underrated, in our opinion, so we look forward to seeing which companies you believe have gone above and beyond the call of duty to engage with its individual investors.

We want your votes on Funds and Investment Trusts which continue to grow as investors seek ways to invest their cash to generate an income or grow their portfolio.

To round off the awards portfolio, we're giving you the chance to vote for a select number of individual company achievements including awards for AIM Company of the Year and Main Market Company of the Year, as well as AQSE Company of Year. Voting will open via this website and we look forward to seeing the results in November.

Awards Schedule

22 July 2021 Nomination voting opens
01 September 2021 Nomination voting closes
09 September 2021 Nominations announced in Shares and on the website
04 November 2021 Winners announced in Shares

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