Nominations open for the Scottish Financial Services Awards 2021

SFE is now accepting nominations from member firms for the 2021 Scottish Financial Services Awards. 

We are delighted to have EY return as sponsors of these awards, which will take place on 28 October.

Due to the on-going coronavirus situation, this year’s event will not include a dinner. We are working innovatively to organise a hybrid event that manages to bring people together while maintaining the safety of our members. 

Our annual industry-wide awards recognise the contributions that both firms and their people have made to the sector and to wider society. Following a year of unparalleled challenges, these contributions are more important than ever.

The categories for this year’s awards have been refreshed to reflect the priorities of the sector and Scotland’s Financial Services Strategy. This year awards will be given for positive impact, brighter future, rising star, and an additional unsung hero award will be up for grabs too.

The nomination form can be found here and we would encourage all SFE members to consider entering. The closing date for nominations is 6 September.

We hope you can join us to celebrate and reflect on truly unique year for financial services in Scotland. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or the SFE team.

Kind regards,

Sandy Begbie CBE


The award categories are as follows.

Category 1: Positive Impact Award

This award is open to any Scottish based financial services organisation, team, collaboration or initiative and also to companies in Scotland providing services to the industry.

Nominees will be judged on their:

  • Positive contribution to Scotland’s reputation as a leading Financial Services centre
  • Positive impact on customers, communities, employees and wider society
  • Outstanding success and measurable impact

There are no restrictions on the number of entries that may be entered from each organisation. 

Category 2: Brighter Future Award

The award is open to any Scottish based project team, individual or collaboration working in financial services, or organisations providing services to the industry.

Nominees will be judged on successful programmes, activity or initiatives that have:

  • Created improved outcomes for future generations
  • Made a difference to diversity and inclusion
  • Played an important part in the journey to net zero
  • Pioneered new skills or technology to meet changing customer needs
  • Broke new ground
  • Brought tangible benefits through new ideas that can be evidenced

There are no restrictions on the number of entries that may be entered from each organisation. 

Category 3: Individual Awards

Open to individuals working in any member organisation. Can be self-nominated or by a colleague. Individuals win a £1000 cash prize for community organisation of their choice.

  1. Unsung Hero

Looking for the kind of person who’s not always recognised at industry awards, who’s quietly leaving a legacy in people’s lives at their organisation or in the community. Nominees will be judged on:

  • Evidence of outstanding (lasting or continuous) positive impact in their firms or in their communities. Examples could include:
    • community volunteering
    • mentoring, coaching, or befriending
    • outstanding contribution over many years in a front-line or supporting role
    • representation or advocacy
  1. Rising Star

Looking for someone in the early stages of their career path in financial or professional services, who’s already having an impact. Nominations will be judged on;

  • Evidence of outstanding potential and development in the early stages of their career
  • Impact that goes beyond their own personal career to promote the industry and its role in wider society. 
  • Evidence of context and having overcome barriers may be considered