• Black tie awards dinner to take place Wednesday 8 November at Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London
  • The Growth Investor Awards were created to recognise innovation and impact in UK investment management
  • Last year’s awards featured keynote speeches from Iain Wright MP & Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

Intelligent Partnership, the UK’s leading provider of research, education and insights on alternative investments, has announced its schedule for the 2017 Growth Investor Awards. This year’s awards ceremony will be taking place on Wednesday 8 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London.

The Growth Investor Awards recognise the role played by the SME investment ecosystem in putting growth capital to work, helping some of the UK’s best businesses and brightest talent to thrive.  They highlight the importance of venture capital schemes to help them scale, as well as the need to support businesses that are creating jobs, prosperity and optimism all across Britain.

The Awards are open to both companies and individuals, from those providing investment or helping to source it to those best optimising growth capital to scale.  The 2017 event will feature two new categories: ‘Corporate Investor of the Year’ and ‘Best Angel Syndicate’, bringing the total number of awards to 16.

Due to their continued growth in popularity, a new venue capable of accommodating an increased number of attendees has been chosen. The Royal Lancaster Hotel is undertaking a £75 million refurbishment and will reopen in Autumn before the awards take place.

Last year’s ceremony was attended by over 400 industry professionals and included a scene-setting film about growth capital, with perspectives from a range of founders supported by finalists that have benefited from investment and associated support. The event also featured keynote speeches from Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool and Chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, and Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, founder of Cobra Beer and founding chairman of the UK India Business Council. Both speeches highlighted the importance of tax-efficient investments as well the need to support SMEs that are generating tax revenue and helping to drive Britain’s economic recovery.

2017 Growth Investor Awards: Schedule

15 March: Growth Investor Awards official launch
5 April: Award entries open
2 June: Deadline for entries and nominations
13 July: Finalists and Growth Champion shortlist announced
8 November: Growth Investor Awards ceremony and black tie dinner

Guy Tolhurst, managing director of Intelligent Partnership said: “We launched the Growth Investor Awards in 2015 to celebrate the role of the investment management industry in job and wealth creation, and to recognise those companies that enable start-up and scale up businesses to realise their full potential and drive Britain’s economic growth.”

“At last year’s awards, we celebrated the success of tax-efficient investments, such as VCTs, EIS and the SEIS, that have together raised a phenomenal £20.8 billion to help fund high growth small businesses. We recognised UK SMEs with a combined annual turnover of £1.8 trillion that are helping to drive Britain’s economic recovery and expanding into international markets. And we championed businesses that are sparking a regional revival, by employing more than 15.6 million people across the UK.”

“In total, we received 103 entries from companies competing to claim the top spot across 14 different categories. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of 39 judges. Our third annual awards event promises to be bigger in scope and attendees and we’re expecting the calibre of entrants this year to be just as impressive.”


Media enquiries
For more information about Intelligent Partnership or the Growth Investor Awards, or to arrange interviews, contact Michelle Powell on 020 3375 1705 or email: michelle@intelligent-partnership.com.


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