Being recognised by your peers always means more than anything we might say about ourselves. So when Finlease was given the top award of ‘Broker of the Year’ at the inaugural BOQ Equipment Finance Broker of the Year Awards, naturally it meant so much to us all. The awards announced on Tuesday 20 November in Brisbane recognised the efforts of brokers Australia-wide, and was awarded to those involved in sourcing finance for machines and equipment finance.
Mark O’Donoghue was presented with the award by the Bank of Queensland CEO Stuart Grimshaw. Awards were given not simply for volume, but for margin, arrears and submission quality when sourcing finance for equipment.
Consultant of the Year was our crane finance specialist Jeff Wilson, while Finlease cleaned up the NSW/ACT state award as well. So as the 100 people enjoyed an enjoyable and festive evening, it was Finlease that went home more satisfied than most.
Interestingly, it was small banks who received the highest ratings in recent independent research by Easts & Partners, with the big 4 banks being conspicuous absent from the top 10 places in the study. So the staging of awards honoring brokers for outstanding service is indicative of the efforts being made by the smaller banks like BOQ as they strive to provide better support for small to medium-sized businesses.