Building society The Cumberland is celebrating after a prestigious independent ratings agency named it the Regional Lending Provider of the Year for the second year running.

The UK’s best lenders, mortgage providers and brokers were recognised in an online event by Moneyfacts, which rated The Cumberland top in its category once again after comparing its range of mortgages with those of other lenders around the UK.

Alex Windle, The Cumberland's chief customer officer, said: “We are delighted as it is one of the most prestigious awards in the finance sector.

"As a customer-owned business we work hard to provide great value products and exceptional customer service, and it's great to see this recognised for the second year in a row."

Moneyfacts is nationally regarded as the foremost source of independent data and commentary on the UK finance market, allowing providers and consumers to compare all the important charges and features of current products in the market.

The Cumberland also won the Gold Trusted Service Award from customer feedback website Feefo earlier this year.

Alex added: “As a regional business we are here for our customers and communities through the good and the bad times.

"Our teams at the moment are working tirelessly to help our customers manage their money and their businesses, and supporting those facing financial difficulties in the current crisis.”