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Award spotlights beckon for Chester finance team

Two glittering prizes are in prospect for a Chester-based finance group after it was named this week amongst the finalists in a major business awards scheme.


Two glittering prizes are in prospect for a Chester-based finance group after it was named this week amongst the finalists in a major business awards scheme.
The Funding Corporation has been short-listed for both the “most responsible lender” and the “top alternative lender” of the year categories in the prestigious Credit Today awards.
Directors and staff at the Chester Business Park firm will now have to hold their breaths until May 10 when the winners will be announced at a celebrity-hosted awards ceremony in London.
The Funding Corporation shares its place in the finals of the finance industry’s “Oscars” with well-known high-street names such as HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and Virgin.
In 2011, the company beat off similar big-hitters in the world of credit by taking the overall UK award as Britain’s most responsible lender.
Now it hopes to keep the accolade in Chester for yet another year - and to possibly bring home the “top alternative lender” prize too.
In order to reach the finals, The Funding Corporation had to submit its lending policies for scrutiny by a panel of independent judges from the finance sector.
They examined how well the company is safeguarding consumer’s interests, and the integrity of its staff in dealing with customers and providing help and support.
Company Managing Director David Challinor said the firm was delighted to be judged on its track record for responsible business practices and treating customers fairly:
"Although this is a finance business, we never lose sight of the fact that our success depends on providing all of our customers with high standards of personal care and service.
"The delivery of this is largely in the hands of our staff, and it is their professionalism which has helped to ensure that our customers always receive first-class treatment.
“Size-wise, we may be one of the featherweights in these awards, but it’s good to know we’re punching well above our weight when it comes to fairness and responsibility,” added Mr Challinor.
The Funding Corporation employs around 200 staff and specialises in providing motor finance for the growing number of people with impaired credit records.
The company works closely with its group member ACF Car Finance Limited which operates a network of retail car showrooms across the country.
 ● The Credit Today Awards, now in their twelfth year, are organised by Credit Today magazine with sponsorship from major finance industry bodies and organisations.
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ACF Car Finance Limited ( is Britain’s leading supplier of high-quality used cars to people whose credit status might otherwise prevent them from obtaining vehicle finance. ACF Car Finance has earned a strong reputation within the finance and motor industry for its standards of customer care, and the quality of the friendly, professional advice provided by members of its fully-trained team.
ACF Car Finance Limited. Registered in England number 4757280. Registered office address: International House, Kingsfield Court, Chester Business Park, Chester CH4 9RF.
For further information, contact:
Jane Whittle
Marketing Manager
The Funding Corporation
01244 625 683
07974 328 194


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