Many users of the site will know that Martin was named an OBE back in June 2014, after over a decade of tireless work to transform MoneySavingExpert.com from a website that was built for £ 80 to one of the most trusted brands in the UK. He has helped millions of people save or reclaim billions of pounds. Listing everything he did to bring people financial justice would make this a very long article (although you can read Martin’s bio for more).
However, today I want to tell you a little more about what he has done over the past few years to help people understand and access the help available to them during the pandemic – as this really gets to the heart of what is happening we from Martin see day.
It’s been amazing working with him over the past few years. He was with the rest of us during the first few months of the pandemic, harassing regulators, advisors, press officers and officials around the clock to find out about seismic announcements in support of the government and then very carefully clarify the important details in them.
Then every week he explained in plain English how these new regulations or support programs might help people, both in MSE’s weekly emails, guides and blogs and on his TV show – not an easy task given its complexity.
So many relied on MSE for help during this time, and as the public face of the site and with a personal finance television show, Martin must have felt the pressure infinitely more than we did.
But I know that like the rest of us, he was always encouraged when MoneySavers reached out to say thanks. We heard from thousands of people who had used our information to get much-needed support, and heard how much we were doing in the hour of need of the people that really drove us all further.
I could go on to enumerate the many achievements of Martin. But I’ll leave it at that, because in fact no one can say better what the appointment to CBE means for Martin than the man himself …