INDUSTRY CHAMPION

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

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

 

EXIT OF THE YEAR

Based on any type of exit, this award will be judged on investment performance against initial strategy and targets and value added to the investee business by the fund manager. Find out more

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

 

MOST IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT

Based on a current investment, this award recognises the impact of the investment provider on the investee business by focusing on how funding has been deployed and growth or improvement has been enabled during the investment term. Find out more

Previous winners: 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 alternative investment industry. Find out more

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

 

BEST INVESTMENT PLATFORM

Recognising any type of investment platform, including angel networks and crowdfunding, this award is based on volume of investment, user experience and product innovation. Find out more

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

 

BEST ANGEL SYNDICATE

Open to angel investors that are co-investing as a recognised angel syndicate. This award is looking to spotlight a syndicate that has invested in and had a measurable ‘impact beyond investment’ on an SME. Find out more

Previous winners: Startup Funding Club (2017)

 

BEST SEIS INVESTMENT MANAGER

Sponsored by RW Blears LLP

Open to any investment manager specialising in Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes, this award is judged on performance, investment volume, impact on the investee company, product development and adviser outreach. Find out more

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

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – AIM

Open to any investment manager specialising in AIM investments qualifying for Business Relief, this award is judged on history and performance, investment volume and inflows, investee company selection and due diligence, championing AIM and adviser outreach. Find out more

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – Non-AIM

Open to any investment manager specialising in non-AIM based investments qualifying for Business Relief, this award is judged on investment volume and performance, product development and adviser outreach. Find out more

 

BEST AIM PORTFOLIO SERVICE

Sponsored by Exact Financial Systems

Open to wealth management firms offering discretionary AIM portfolio investment management services, this award is judged on the portfolio’s performance, investee selection, investment volume and inflows, efforts to champion the AIM market and adviser outreach and education. Find out more

 

BEST EIS INVESTMENT MANAGER

Sponsored by Mainspring Fund Services

Open to any investment manager specialising in Enterprise Investment Schemes, this award is judged on performance, investment volume, impact on the investee company, product development and adviser outreach. Find out more

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

 

BEST VCT INVESTMENT MANAGER

Sponsored by Crowe UK LLP

Open to any investment manager specialising in Venture Capital Trusts this award is judged on performance, investment inflows, impact on the investee company, product innovation and development and adviser outreach.Find out more

 

FINANCIAL ADVISER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by LightTower Partners

Recognising individual financial advisers who actively promote alternative investments, this award is judged on how they educate themselves, how they apply expertise to add value for clients, and what they do to remain best able to advise on tax-efficient investments as part of their investment proposition. Find out more

Previous winners: 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 which actively promote alternative investments, this award is judged on how they optimise research and education, how they apply expertise to add value for clients, and how they promote such investments as part of their investment proposition. Find out more

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

 

CORPORATE INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

We aim to recognise a corporate investor that is committed to nurturing and supporting UK SMEs. This new award will recognise a corporate investor that has placed venture capital in UK SMEs and in doing so has had a significant impact on their growth story. Find out more

Previous winners:  GV (Google Ventures) (2017)

 

GROWTH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Smith & Williamson

Our highest accolade for investee companies, recognising scale up businesses and their founders/CEOs. Open to any business that has used growth capital to scale and will be judged on how that investment and associated support have been optimised – including growth metrics and deployment. Find out more

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

 

GROWTH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Beauhurst

Our highest accolade for investment providers, this award recognises those demonstrating the best investment performance, the best impact on an investee company, the most innovation in product development, and the most engagement in adviser outreach. Find out more

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

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