• 16 investment providers named as finalists, competing across 3 categories
  • Our first finalists for 2022. Recognising the efforts to place ESG & sustainability at the heart of UK growth investing
  • Now in its eighth year, the Growth Investor Award winners will be revealed at a gala dinner on November 24


Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading provider of education and insight on alternative investments, is proud to announce the first set of finalists for the 2022 Growth Investor Awards – our celebration of the growth investor community that puts so much passion, support and capital into the UK’s SMEs and Startups.

It’s been another hugely competitive field of entries for this year’s awards. With the standard so high, it’s impressive to see the range of businesses that make up this first group of finalists in the ‘Impact & Sustainability’ categories.

Sustainability is right at the heart of the 2022 Growth Investor Awards. And we want to celebrate those investors that have made a real measurable impact to the companies they support.

Our 16 finalists for ‘Impact & Sustainability’ are listed below:


ESG Champion of the Year

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Open to entrants in all award categories that have placed a particular focus on ESG in their service or offering. Judges will assess certifications, transparency and disclosure, independent ratings, best practice, the sustainability of outcomes, delivery of ESG commitments and embedding ESG into company culture.

  • Blackfinch Investments
  • EMV Capital
  • Marsham Investment Management
  • Par Equity
  • Triple Point
  • Vala Capital


Most Impactful Investment

This award highlights the stellar investment platform directing capital into growth investment funds, or a stand-out company that matches businesses with investment capital, recognising their performance since 6th April 2020 as well as user experience, product innovation and business impact.

  • Foresight Group
  • Growthdeck
  • Guinness Ventures
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • Symvan Capital
  • Vala Capital


Most Impactful Regional Investment

Based on an investment made since 6th April 2021, the judges will be assessing the impact of the investment on the investee business and the region in which the investee business is based, focusing on how funding has been deployed and how growth has been enabled by the fund manager during the investment term.

  • Downing LLP
  • OnePlanetCapital
  • Par Equity
  • Symvan Capital


The Growth Investor Awards 2022

Reflecting how far the industry has come in recent years, the Growth Investor Awards are bigger than ever this year. With 28 categories, and more than 80 opportunities to win an accolade. The awards will be celebrated with a gala dinner at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane, on the evening of November 24th.

Commenting on the Growth Investor Awards ’22, Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, said:

“We’re always so impressed by the vital work our finalists do to support the fastest-growing UK SMEs and startups. That’s why we wanted to expand the Growth Investor Awards this year, ensuring that there is even more opportunity to get the recognition they deserve. Our categories are always competitive, but this year has exceeded all expectations. It’s so great to see the important work that’s being done to keep sustainability, and impact, front and centre.”

Award submissions will now move to a second round of judging from an independent panel of judges. All scores are collated to determine the winner and runners-up, with all finalists receiving a tailored feedback and benchmarking report offering expert insight about areas for improvement.

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