• All Winners, Runners Up and Ones to Watch have been announced in the sixth annual Growth Investor Awards
  • All companies were announced yesterday in a virtual festive ceremony via Zoom
  • Managing Director Guy Tolhurst, and special guest TV presenter Claudia Winkleman hosted the evening


The winners, runners-up and ones to watch have been revealed in the sixth annual Growth Investor Awards at a fun-filled festive virtual event.

The panel of 34 prestigious judges scrutinised 107 entries in 21 categories – the most in the history of the event, as Intelligent Partnership strives to ensure recognition for all those that deserve it. Intelligent Partnership is proud to celebrate those who are nourishing the UK’s start-up and scale-up community, now more than ever.


The judges came up with 52 deserving finalists, from whom the winners were announced last night.


Those winners honour the ongoing tradition of excellence and hard work in putting strategy, expertise and investment to work in growing small businesses. Identifying, nurturing and realising the massive potential in this area is key to both private investors and the UK plc with six million private sector businesses in the UK of which 5.9 million are SME’s. At the start of 2020 they had a combined turnover of £2.3 trillion (52% of all UK turnover), but half of that turnover comes from less than 34,000 high growth companies.


Meet 2020’s Winners, Runners Up and Ones to Watch:


Industry Champion 

Tim Hames – Former Director General of the BVCA 


Exit of the Year  | Presented by TALiNT Partners 

Winner: Merica Asset Management 

Runner up: Par Equity 

One to watch: Oxford Capital


Most Impactful Investment   | Sponsored by Adempi Associates 

Winner: Haatch Ventures

Runner up: Vala Capital

One to watch: Committed Capital 


Industry Game Changer  | Sponsored by MICAP

Winner: SeedLegals

Runner up: GrowthInvest

One to watch: PensionBee 


Best Investment Platform – Funds   | Presented by Guy Tolhurst

Winner: GrowthInvest

Runner up: Wealth Club


Best Investment Platform – Companies  | Presented by Attis Ventures

Winner: SeedLegals

Runner up: Envestors

One to watch: QVentures


Financial Adviser of the Year  | Presented by the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA)

Winner: Stephen Jones (Clear Solutions) 

Runner up: Nick Combes (Holder and Combes) 

One to watch: Gordon Hay (Redbourne Wealth Management)


Wealth Manager of the Year  | Presented by Claudia Winkleman 

Winner: St. James’s Place Wealth Management 

Runner up: Tavistock Wealth 


Best SEIS Investment Manager | Presented by MICAP 

Winner: SFC Capital 

Runner up: Ascension Ventures

One to watch: Jenson Funding Partners


Best AIM Portfolio Service | Presented by Paradigm Norton

Winner: Charles Stanley & Co

Runner up: Sarasin & Partners

One to watch: Blankstone Sington


Best BR Investment Manager – Listed | Sponsored by Exact Libris

Winner: Blackfinch 

Runner up: Octopus Investments 


Best BR Investment Manager – UnListed | Sponsored by Exact Libris

Winner: Foresight Group

Runner up: Octopus Investments


Best EIS Investment Manager | Sponsored by Mainspring Fund Services

Winner: MMC Ventures

Runner up: Mercia Asset Management 

One to watch: Praetura Ventures


Best VCT Investment Manager | Presented by Guy Tohurst

Winner: Octopus Investments

Runner up: Mobeus Equity Partners 


Mindful Investor of the Year | Presented by Guy Tolhurst 

Winner: Connect Ventures 


Team of the Year | Presented by Tabby Tolhurst

Winner: Deepbridge Capital  

Runner up: Octopus Investments 

One to watch: Praetura Ventures


Best New Product or Service | Presented by Claudia Winkleman

Winner: Nova Growth Capital

Runner up: Foresight Group

One to watch: SuperSeed


Industry Rising Star | Presented by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)

Winner: Nova Growth Capital

Runner up: Vala Capital 

One to watch: Haatch Ventures 


Best Accelerator | Presented by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)

Winner: Pi Labs


Most Valuable Player | Presented by Claudia Winkleman

Winner: Karen Sullivan, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Puma Investments

Runner up: Deepbridge Customer Service Team


Growth Champion of the Year | Presented by The Entrepreneurs Network (TEN)

Winner: Moneybox 

Runner up: Pasta Evangelists 

One to watch: Cera Care


Growth Investor of the Year  | Presented by Beauhurst 

Winner: MMC Ventures 

Runner up: Parkwalk Advisors

One to watch: Puma Investments


“At the Growth Investor Awards, we’re rightly proud of the crucial work the UK’s early-stage business community undertakes every year to bring new ideas to fruition, grow employment opportunities, and underpin a flourishing economy” says Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, the organiser of these respected awards.


He adds: “2020 has been a year unlike any other but it has shone a light on the true value of not only innovators, but also the community that funds and empowers them. This year’s winners deserve the highest praise for dedicating their expertise to the cultivation and support of the SMEs whose massive potential is a vital light at the end of the Covid and Brexit tunnel.”

Leave a Reply