British Money, is one of Scotland’s oldest registered companies; with a distinguished heritage dating back to 1896. It is financially sound, with a reputation for excellence that few businesses can match; delivering an unrivalled level of knowledge, experience and expertise. It is now owned and operated by Simon Burgess, who purchased the company in 2009, following the sale of his previous highly successful business British Insurance.
Simon is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, undoubtedly pre-eminent in his field; combining discipline with creativity and innovation. He has very high moral standards and an uncompromising determination to achieve excellence in everything that he does and is trusted and respected for his impeccable business ethics, as well as for his business acumen and credentials.
Simon has a deeply-engrained ethos to protect those facing adversity. He is a tireless campaigner for consumer rights and a universally acknowledged consumer champion. His advice and opinion is frequently sought by the media, trade bodies, as well as consumer groups and non-ministerial departments such as the Competition & Markets Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority.
In 2005, Simon was recognised by the British Government as an outstanding business leader and was granted the very rare permission, by The Secretary of State for Business, to use ‘British’ in his company name, . ‘British’ denotes National importance and its use is highly restricted. To date, he remains the only financial services professional, since the Companies Act in 1985, to be given this privilege.
Over the past few years, Simon has won an unprecedented number of awards for customer service, business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Judges feedback includes:
Crème de la Crème
The Crème de la Crème Award is only given to inspirational, progressive and forward-thinking business leaders. This is a fitting accolade for Simon Burgess, who in our view is a world-class business leader. He has that rare ability to foresee market trends and pitch his business accordingly. Simon has a pioneering spirit, an inherent sense of honesty and fairness, plus a desire to safeguard the interests of consumers. He represents the very best in business excellence and is undoubtedly worthy to join the elite list of Crème de la Crème recipients.
David Atherton, Judge, Crème de la Crème Awards
Simon Burgess has lobbied tirelessly to ensure consumers are better informed about their purchases, working alongside organisations such as the Competition Commission and the Office of Fair Trading to prevent mis-selling practises. He embodies fairness, value and honesty.
Joanne Atkin, Editor, Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards
Yet again Simon Burgess is ahead of the pack. He has a market-leading, ethical and socially-responsible portfolio that protects the vulnerable within British society. A worthy winner who put ethics and integrity ahead of profit.
Mike Harrison, Publisher, What Mortgage Awards
Outstanding Personal Achievement
Simon Burgess intuitively knows what consumers need and made his socially-responsible product portfolio easily accessible to people who would otherwise struggle financially. He is a natural leader and a man with ‘vision’. This sets him apart from his peers.
Jonathan Ball, Editor, Investment International Finance Awards
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Judges applaud Simon Burgess’s inclusive products that recognise everyone has a right to financial protection, whatever their financial situation. We also commend the fact that having developed products to meet the needs of more consumers, Simon encourages other providers to follow his lead and adopt a similar, equally inclusive, stance.
Sally Garvey, Judge, Global Business Excellence Awards
Outstanding Customer Service
Outstanding Customer Service is about meeting customers’ needs and Simon Burgess always puts his customers first. He ploughs profit back into his products and provides benefits and support services that competitors can only aspire to. Simplistically delivered online, customers can make informed choices – exactly as they should do. No wonder Simon Burgess gets our vote.
Ramesh Sharma, Managing Director, Complete Guide to Home Buying Awards
Best Customer Service
The importance of customer service must never be underestimated; how customers are treated is an important aspect of these awards. Readers are asked to base their nominations on their experiences with a company, as well as price and products. Simon Burgess out-performs his competitors and yet again has been singled out for his exceptional customer service.
Nia Williams, Editor, Mortgage Introducer Awards
Best Product Provider
Simon Burgess continues to push back boundaries and deliver more-inclusive products and services than any other insurance provider in his field. He consistently blazes a trail, is never afraid to challenge his peers or question their ethics or performance. He is in a minority by developing products that meet the needs of all consumers, particularly those who are vulnerable and struggle financially.
Abbi Filer, Judge, British Business Awards
Best Customer Focus
It’s very rare to find a person in financial services who puts the theory of ‘making products accessible and affordable to all’ into practise. Simon Burgess not only explains the benefits to be gained from his portfolio but develops mechanisms to allow customers to easily access the products most appropriate to their needs. No jargon, just an honest simplistic, accessible approach that really does show a customer focus ahead of his rivals.
Howard Mckenzie, Judge, Best Business Awards
Best Insurance Distributor
I am very pleased to confirm that Mortgage Strategy magazine has awarded Simon Burgess with the award for ‘best insurance distribution’. Simon is both a consumer champion and leading provider of mortgage payment protection insurance and received the most nominations from readers of our magazine.
Robyn Hall, Editor, Mortgage Strategy
Outstanding Customer Service
When a person professes to delivering ‘outstanding customer service’ there is usually an element of the business that fails to substantiate this. However, in the case of Simon Burgess, it really does ring true. Customer service is a mantra that resonates across the whole business – the fact he has never received a product or service complaint is testament to this. A very well-deserved accolade, reflecting outstanding products, services, support staff and technology.
Nick Fettiplace, Judge, Global Business Excellence Awards
Outstanding Consumer Champion
Simon Burgess is a leading entrepreneur at the vanguard of the insurance industry who combines discipline with creativity and innovation to develop and distribute value-for-money insurance policies to consumers. He is a passionate and determined consumer champion who is trusted and respected by his peers in the insurance industry, media commentators and financial regulators.
Ben Wilkie, Editor, Personal Finance Awards
Best Insurance Broker
Simon Burgess is universally acknowledged as a pre-eminent insurance broker with a reputation for excellence, diligence and innovation. His highly successful track record and unrivalled level of knowledge, experience and expertise culminates in market-leading, socially-responsible insurance products for British consumers. Simon can and does go that "extra mile" and can be trusted to do so wisely.
Stephen Dilworth, Chairman of Judges, The Money Awards
Guinness World Record
Congratulations! Mr Burgess, I am very pleased to let you know that your £1millioninsurance of ‘Violet the Chicken’ has now officially been accepted as a record by Guinness World Records under the category of ‘Most Valuable Bird’. Welcome to the very select band of Guinness World Record holders. Details of this record have been entered into our World famous database of records information.
A M Collins, Records Research Services, Guinness World Records
The Maxwell Prize
Dear Mr Burgess, I am very pleased to inform you that you have been awarded the Maxwell prize on the results of your recent examinations. You may wish to know that Sweet and Maxwell give an annual prize to commemorate the very long connection with law publishing of the Maxwell family. The Maxwell Prize is awarded to the student who in the opinion of the examiners gives the best performance for the degree of LL.B. May I offer my congratulations on your success.
Alfred Heron, Assistant Registrar, The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne