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Deadline for entries: June 28

INDUSTRY CHAMPION

This award recognises a high profile and influential individual who has championed growth capital or tax-efficient investment.

Previous winners: Jenny Tooth (2018), Mark Brownridge (2017), Sam Smith (2016), Kathryn Robertson (2015)

 

EXIT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by RW Blears

Entries are welcomed for any type of exit strategy implemented since 5th April 2018. The judges will be assessing your success in a case study that highlights investment performance against initial strategy and targets, value added to the investee business, customer feedback, and overall impact.  Enter this award

Previous winners: Par Equity (2018), YFM Equity Partners (2017), Beringea (2016), Parkwalk Advisors (2015)

 

MOST IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT

Sponsored by Bates Wells Braithwaite

Based on an investment made in the past 12 months, the judges will be assessing the impact of the investment on the investee business, focusing on how funding has been deployed and how growth has been enabled by the fund manager during the investment term. Enter this award

Previous winners: Ingenious (2018), Oxford Capital (2017), Cyrus Investment Management (2016), Deepbridge Capital (2015)

 

INDUSTRY GAME CHANGER

Sponsored by MICAP

This award is open to any individual, company, product or platform provider that has demonstrably changed practice, perception or engagement in the tax-efficient investment industry. Enter this award

Previous winners:  Seedrs (2018), Seedrs (2017), Syndicate Room (2016), Mercia Technologies (2015)

 

BEST INVESTMENT PLATFORM

Recognising any type of investment platform, including angel networks and crowdfunding platforms. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across volume of investment, user experience, product innovation, and business impact. Enter this award

Previous winners: Wealth Club (2018), Downing Crowd (2017), Syndicate Room (2016), Syndicate Room (2015)

 

BEST ANGEL SYNDICATE

Open to angel investors who are co-investing as a recognised angel syndicate. The judges will be looking for a case study from the past 12 months that demonstrates how your investment in an SME has had a positive and measurable impact, creating a sustainable pathway for future growth. Enter this award

Previous winners: Oxford Capital Co-Investor (2018), Startup Funding Club (2017)

 

BEST SEIS INVESTMENT MANAGER

Sponsored by Aston Lark

Open to any investment manager specialising in Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across business performance, investment inflows, impact on the investee, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact. Enter this award

Previous winners: Symvan Capital (2018), Daedalus Partners (2017), Symvan Capital (2016), Daedalus Partners (2015)

 

BEST AIM PORTFOLIO SERVICE

Open to wealth management and stockbroking firms offering discretionary AIM portfolio investment management services. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across investee selection, portfolio performance, investment volume and inflows, efforts to champion the AIM market, customer feedback, and overall business impact. Enter this award

Previous winners: Close Brothers Asset Management (2018)

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – AIM

Open to any investment manager specialising in AIM investments qualifying for Business Property Relief. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across investee company selection, investment volume and inflows, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact. Enter this award

Previous winners: Octopus Investments (2018)

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – Non-AIM

Open to any investment manager specialising in non AIM based investments qualifying for Business Property Relief. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across investee selection, investment volume and performance, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact.  Enter this award

Previous winners: TIME Investments (2018)

 

BEST EIS INVESTMENT MANAGER

Sponsored by Mainspring Fund Services

Open to any investment manager specialising in Enterprise Investment Schemes. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across business performance, investment inflows, impact on the investee, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact. Enter this award

– Previous winners:  Calculus Capital (2018), Mercia Fund Managers (2017), Calculus Capital (2016), MMC Ventures (2015)

 

BEST VCT INVESTMENT MANAGER

Open to any investment manager specialising in Venture Capital Trusts. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing your success across investee company selection, investment volume and inflows, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact. Enter this award

Previous winners: Octopus Investments (2018)

 

FINANCIAL ADVISER OF THE YEAR

Open to individual financial advisers who support clients to engage with and benefit from the growth investment industry. The judges will assess performance based on overall impact, including education and advisory services, applying expertise that adds value, promoting compliance and tax-efficiency, overcoming challenges, customer feedback, and business impact. Enter this award

Previous winners: Stephen Jones (2018), Dennis Hall, Yellowtail Financial Planning (2017), Jonothan McColgan, Combined Financial Strategies (2016), Carl Lamb, Almary Green (2015)

 

WEALTH MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Kin Capital

Recognising wealth management companies that actively promote alternative investments. The judges will assess performance over the last 12 months based on overall impact, including education and advisory services, applying expertise that adds value, overcoming challenges, customer feedback, and business impact. Enter this award

Previous winners:  Barclays Wealth (2018), UBS (2017), UBS (2016), Barclays Wealth (2015)

 

GROWTH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Our highest accolade for SMEs using investment strategies to grow and scale-up. Judges will be looking for an outstanding use of growth capital, demonstrating how it has created sustainable growth and significant scale, as well as the impact beyond investment.

Please note: there is a minimum turnover of £2m required in the last financial year to qualify to enter this category. Enter this award

Previous winners: Thoughtonomy (2018), All Good (2017), EveSleep (2016)

 

GROWTH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Beauhurst

Our highest accolade for investment providers, this award recognises outstanding investment managers demonstrating the best investment performance, the best product and service developments, and the best ‘impact beyond investment’ on customers and the wider business community.  Enter this award

Previous winners:  Albion Capital (2018), MMC Ventures (2017), Octopus Investments (2016), Octopus Investments (2015)

 

CORPORATE INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

Our highest accolade for corporate investors, this award is open to those demonstrating the best investment performance, the best product and service developments, and the best ‘impact beyond investment’ on customers and the wider business community over the last 12 months.  Enter this award

 

MINDFUL INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

Open to all investors who take a mindful approach to supporting their customers and employees. The judges will be looking for an investor who has gone above and beyond to deliver mindful business support and a positive culture over the past 12 months, with particular attention paid to the 5 pillars of mindful investment: Communication, Health, Equality, Connections, and Knowledge. Enter this award

 

INDUSTRY RISING STAR

Open to all new entrants to the investment community. Judges will be looking for a company less than 2 years old that has successfully entered the market, rising to the challenge of sustainable growth, customer experience, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility to emerge as a future star of the industry. Enter this award

 

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Open to any team working within the growth investment community to deliver exceptional results. Whether your team is dedicated to business development, customer service, marketing, advisory or something completely different, the judges will be looking for the team that has gone above and beyond to support their customers and colleagues whilst succesfully delivering on their projects over the past 12 months. Enter this award

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