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.

Finalists:

  • Calculus Capital
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • MMC Ventures
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Praetura Ventures
  • Symvan Capital

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – Listed
sponsored by Exact Libris

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.

Finalists:

  • Blackfinch Investments
  • Octopus Investments
  • Puma Investments
  • TIME Investments

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – Unlisted
sponsored by Exact Libris 

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.

Finalists:

  • Blackfinch Investments
  • Foresight Group
  • Ingenious
  • Octopus Investments
  • Puma Investments
  • TIME Investments
  • Triple Point

 

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.

Finalists: 

  • Calculus Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • Mobeus Equity Partners
  • Octopus Investments
  • Puma Investments

 

BEST SEIS INVESTMENT MANAGER 

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.

Finalists:

  • Ascension Ventures
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Jenson Funding Partners
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • RLC Ventures
  • SFC Capital
  • Worth Capital

 

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.

Finalists:

  • Blankstone Sington
  • Charles Stanley & Co
  • Guinness Asset Management
  • Sarasin & Partners

 

BEST INVESTMENT PLATFORM

Recognising any type of investment platform offered by fund managers or investment platform companies including angel networks and crowdfunding platforms who match businesses with investment capital. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service over the past 12 months, assessing success across volume of investment, user experience, product innovation, and business impact.

Finalists:

  • Envestors
  • GrowthInvest
  • Oxford Capital
  • Q Ventures
  • SeedLegals
  • Wealth Club Limited

MOST IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT 
sponsored by Adempi Associates

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.

Finalists:

  • Committed Capital
  • Earthworm
  • Haatch Ventures
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Vala Capital

 

EXIT OF THE YEAR

Entries are welcomed for any type of exit strategy implemented since 6th April 2019. 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.

Finalists:

  • Mercia Asset Management
  • MMC Ventures
  • Oxford Capital
  • Par Equity
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Symvan Capital

 

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.

Finalists: 

  • GrowthInvest
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • PensionBee
  • SeedLegals
  • Symvan Capital

 

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.

Finalists:

  • Nick Combes (Holder and Combes)
  • Gordon Hay (Redbourne Wealth Management)
  • Mark Insley (Ascot Wealth Management)
  • Stephen Jones (Clear Solutions)
  • Craig Webster (Advanta Wealth)

 

WEALTH MANAGER OF THE YEAR 

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.

Finalists:

  • St. James’s Place Wealth Management
  • Tavistock Wealth

GROWTH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR 

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.

Finalists:

  • 24Haymarket
  • Augmentum Fintech Plc
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • MMC Ventures
  • Par Equity
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Puma Investments

 

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.

Finalists:

  • Cera Care
  • Moneybox
  • Pasta Evangelists

 

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.

Finalists:

  • Haatch Ventures
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • Vala Capital

 

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 successfully delivering on their projects over the past 12 months.

Finalists:

  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Octopus Investments
  • Praetura Ventures
  • Puma Property Finance
  • TIME Investments
  • Triple Point
  • Vala Capital

 

BEST NEW PRODUCT OR SERVICE

Open to any growth investment provider that has introduced an innovative new product or service to the market in the past 12-24 months. The judges will assess the overall impact of the innovation based on its impact on funding volumes, value for investee companies, challenges overcome, customer feedback, and business growth impact.

Finalists:

  • Calculus Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • Great Point Media
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • SuperSeed

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Entrants in all awards categories are invited to nominate the individual (or team) within their own organisation that they believe has gone ‘above and beyond’ with their efforts to support clients, colleagues or portfolios through this year. The judges will assess the contribution based on supporting evidence provided by the nominee, and on overall impact.

Finalists:

  • The Customer Service Team at Deepbridge Capital
  • Clarissa McKay, Manager – Private Clients at Oxford Capital
  • Karen Sullivan, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Puma Investments
  • Asker Fawmy, Finance Director at Vala Capital

BEST ACCELERATOR

Entries are welcomed from any accelerator programme that has provided equity funding and support to early-stage businesses in the past 12-24 months. The judges will be assessing success based on investment performance, value added to the investee businesses, partner feedback, and overall impact.

Winner:

  • to be announced the night of the awards ceremony

INDUSTRY CHAMPION

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

Winner:

  • To be announced the night of the awards ceremony

 

MINDFUL INVESTOR OF THE YEAR

This award honours all investors who take a mindful approach to supporting their customers and employees, an investor that 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.

Winner:

  • To be announced the night of the awards ceremony

2020 FINALISTS SO FAR