Celebrating the role of the UK SME investment community in job and wealth creation, the Growth Investor Awards honour all those involved in putting investment to work in high potential businesses – from those providing or helping to source investment to those best optimising growth capital to scale.

Recognising impact beyond investment, these Awards highlight the value delivered to investors, businesses and Britain’s economy by Fund Managers, Wealth Managers, Financial Advisers, Private Equity & Venture Capital Companies, Corporate Investors, Angel Syndicates, Investment Platforms, and Entrepreneurs.

An independent panel of judges will look for those demonstrating innovation in products and services; impact on investee performance; and how growth capital is being deployed.


At Intelligent Partnership we’re passionate about small businesses. We know that they are a vital part of the economy: creating jobs, developing new products, opening up new markets and fuelling regional growth.

For these reasons, we want to play our part in promoting the SME sector, and in particular highlighting the investment and support available to small companies. We want to encourage more people to start their own businesses, and we want to encourage more small businesses to secure investment, scale-up and become great businesses.

We’re doing this by providing education and insights on this market; by working with trade associations and government to develop better quality market information; by recognising best practice among the investment providers and professionals that service the SME ecosystem; by championing success stories; and by carrying out research to illuminate the sector for potential investors.

This thought-leadership activity is supported by the industry’s top investment providers and jointly promoted with over 50 affiliate partners to the UK’s 30,000 professional intermediaries, to the small business community and to the professional service firms that operate in the SME sector.

We want to bring about a future where investments in start-ups, scale-ups, SMEs and social enterprises are as understandable and accessible as mainstream assets – helping investors access new asset classes and supporting a vital part of the UK economy.


Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director at Intelligent Partnership

“The Growth Investor Awards measure the impact of talent, technology and innovative thinking within Britain’s thriving smaller-company ecosystem. We want to honour all those industry leaders who day-in, day-out display the ability, bravery and commitment needed to back entrepreneurs and help drive Britain’s economic growth from the bottom up.”