• All Winners, Runners Up and Ones to Watch have been announced in the fifth annual Growth Investor Awards
  • All companies were announced yesterday in a black-tie ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London
  • Comedian Jen Brister hosted the evening, with keynote speeches from Dr Kamel Hothi OBE and George Freeman MP



The winners, runners-up and ones to watch have been revealed in the fifth annual Growth Investor Awards at a black-tie ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

After a rigorous, two-stage judging process whittled down 114 entries into 73 finalists and just 19 prestigious awards, the industry gathered to learn which teams and people had scooped the top prizes.


For five years, these awards have shone a spotlight on a community that has an impact beyond investment: creating jobs, boosting economic growth, and supporting innovation. With the growth capital and support that it provides, ambitious businesses are able to scale up and make the UK one of the most dynamic places in the world in which to start a business.


The 51 investment provider finalists celebrated this year have participated in over 3,300 fundraising rounds, investing £5.67 billion into growing businesses. This year, the growth investment they provide has helped almost 2,300 SMEs to create 1,600 jobs and turn over more than £200 million. And 45% of those SMEs are based outside of London, with three-quarters of them already expanding overseas.


And the SMEs themselves – the Growth Champion finalists in these awards – demonstrate how investment can be put to excellent use. Over the last five years, these Awards have showcased businesses based all around the UK, with 59% of them already expanding overseas, having created over 11,000 jobs. And this year alone these companies will turn over £808 million.


Meet 2019’s Winners, Runners Up and Ones to Watch:


Industry Champion 

Emma Jones MBE – Enterprise Nation 


Exit of the Year  | Sponsored by RW Blears 

Winner: Parkwalk 

Runner up: Mercia Asset Management 

One to watch: Jenson Funding Partners


Most Impactful Investment   | Sponsored by Bates Wells 

Winner: Puma Private Equity

Runner up: Amberside Capital

One to watch: Vala Capital 


Industry Game Changer  | Sponsored by MICAP

Winner: SeedLegals

Runner up: GrowthInvest

One to watch: Grant Thornton 


Best Investment Platform – Funds   | Sponsored by Adempi Associates

Winner: Wealth Club 

Runner up: Kuber 

One to watch: GrowthInvest


Best Investment Platform – Companies  | Sponsored by Adempi Associates

Winner: 24Haymarket

Runner up: Seedrs

One to watch: Crowdcube


Financial Adviser of the Year  

Winner: Adrian Murphy (Murphy Wealth) 

Runner up: Jonothan McColgan (Combined Financial Strategies) 

One to watch: David Stamp (Independent Financial Solutions


Wealth Manager of the Year  | Sponsored by Kin Capital 

Winner: Ascot Wealth Management 

Runner up: Amicus Wealth 

One to watch: Tavistock Wealth


Best SEIS Investment Manager | Sponsored by Aston Lark 

Winner: Deepbridge Capital 

Runner up: Startup Funding Club

One to watch: RLC Ventures 


Best AIM Portfolio Service | Sponsored by Crowe U.K. LLP

Winner: Guinness Asset Management 

Runner up: Thorntons Investments

One to watch: Progeny Asset Management 


Best BR Investment Manager – Listed | Sponsored by Exact Libris

Winner: TIME Investments 

Runner up: Puma Investments 

One to watch: Blankstone Sington


Best BR Investment Manager – UnListed | Sponsored by Exact Libris

Winner: Triple Point

Runner up: Foresight Group

One to watch: Puma Investments 


Best EIS Investment Manager | Sponsored by Mainspring Fund Services

Winner: MMC Ventures

Runner up: Parkwalk 

One to watch: Deepbridge Capital


Best VCT Investment Manager 

Winner: Octopus Investments

Runner up: Albion Capital 

One to watch: Maven


Mindful Investor of the Year  

Winner: Connect Ventures 


Team of the Year

Winner: Octopus Investments  

Runner up: TIME Investments 

One to watch: Forward Partners


Industry Rising Star

Winner: EMV Capital

Runner up: Vala Capital 

One to watch: Exo Investing 


Growth Champion of the Year

Winner: Gousto 

Runner up: Airsorted 

One to watch: Privitar 


Growth Investor of the Year  | Sponsored by Beahurst 

Winner: Parkwalk 

Runner up: Beringea

One to watch: Augmentum


“We launched the Growth Investor Awards five years ago to celebrate the inspiring individuals and leading organisations whose talents and commitment help growing businesses to power Britain’s economic growth,” says Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, the organiser of these long-standing awards.


He adds: “Since then these awards have become a landmark event in the growth investment industry, celebrating the vibrant ecosystem around the entrepreneurial teams that drive innovation all around the UK. It’s so important to continue showcasing growth investment. Because supporting early-stage businesses has a real-world effect. It inspires optimism in growing teams, creates jobs, boosts regional economies, and drives innovation.”

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