2021

BEST EIS INVESTMENT MANAGER 
sponsored by RW Blears

Open to any investment manager specialising in Enterprise Investment Schemes. The judges will be looking at the performance of your service since 6th April 2020, assessing your success across business performance, investment inflows, impact on the investee, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact.

Finalists:

  • Calculus Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • Guinness Asset Management
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • MMC Ventures
  • Par Equity
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Praetura Ventures

 

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 since 6th April 2020, assessing your success across investee company selection, investment volume and inflows, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact.

Finalists:

  • Blackfinch Investments
  • Charles Stanley & Co
  • Octopus Investments
  • Puma Investments
  • Stellar Asset Management
  • 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 since 6th April 2020, 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
  • Seneca Partners
  • 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 since 6th April 2020, assessing your success across investee company selection, investment volume and inflows, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact.

Finalists: 

  • Albion Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • Octopus Investments
  • Puma Investments
  • Seneca Partners

 

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 since 6th April 2020, assessing your success across business performance, investment inflows, impact on the investee, adviser relations, customer feedback, and overall impact.

Finalists:

  • Jenson Funding Partners
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • QVentures
  • RLC Ventures
  • Symvan 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 since 6th April 2020, 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:

  • Charles Stanley & Co
  • Guinness Asset Management
  • Hawksmoor Investment Management
  • Sarasin & Partners

 

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 since 6th April 2020, assessing success across volume of investment, user experience, product innovation, and business impact.

Finalists:

  • Envestors
  • GrowthInvest
  • Oxford Capital (Co-Investor Circle)
  • Q Ventures
  • Wealth Club Limited

MOST IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT 

Based on an investment made since 6th April 2020, 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:

  • Deepbridge Capital
  • EMV Capital
  • Guinness Asset Management
  • Haatch Ventures
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Seneca Partners

 

EXIT OF THE YEAR

Entries are welcomed for any type of exit strategy implemented since 6th April 2020. 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:

  • 24Haymarket
  • Calculus Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • Par Equity
  • Pi Labs
  • Puma Private Equity
  • Seneca Partners

 

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: 

  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Downing Ventures
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • PensionBee
  • Praetura Ventures

 

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:

  • Taylor Beavis (Universe Financial Advice)
  • Nick Combes (Holder & Combes)
  • Lottie Kent (True Financial Design)
  • Josh Lamb (Swallow Financial Planning)
  • Lena Patel (ISJ Independent Financial Planning)

 

WEALTH MANAGER OF THE YEAR 

Recognising wealth management companies that actively promote alternative investments. The judges will assess performance since 6th April 2020 based on overall impact, including education and advisory services, applying expertise that adds value, overcoming challenges, customer feedback, and business impact.

Finalists:

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

GROWTH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR 
sponsored by Kin Fund Services

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:

  • Augmentum Fintech Plc
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • MMC Ventures
  • Par Equity
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Puma Investments

 

ESG CHAMPION OF THE YEAR (NEW FOR 2021) 
sponsored by Shawbrook Bank

Open to entrants in all award categories that have placed a particular focus on ESG in their service or offering. The judges will assess certifications, transparency and disclosure, independent ratings, best practice, the sustainability of outcomes, delivery of ESG commitments and embedding ESG into company culture.

Finalists:

  • Blackfinch Investments
  • Foresight Group
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • PensionBee
  • Triple Point

 

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 since 6th April 2020.

Finalists:

  • Augmentum Fintech Plc
  • Blackfinch Investments
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • GrowthInvest
  • Playfair Capital
  • Puma Investments
  • Seneca Partners
  • TIME Investments

 

BEST NEW PRODUCT OR SERVICE 
sponsored by Mainspring Fund Services

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:

  • 24Haymarket
  • Haatch Ventures
  • Nova Growth Capital
  • Octopus Investments
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Puma Investments
  • SuperSeed
  • Vauban

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Entrants in all awards categories are invited to nominate the individual within their own organisation that they believe has gone ‘above and beyond’ with their efforts to support clients, colleagues or portfolios since 6th April 2020. The judges will assess the contribution based on supporting evidence provided by the nominee, and on overall impact.

Finalists:

  • Matt Currie, Investment Director at Seneca Partners
  • Olivia Greenberg, Chief Growth Officer at Nova Growth Capital
  • Dr Savvas Neophytou, Partner & Head of Life Sciences at Deepbridge Capital

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 since 6th April 2021, 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

2021 FINALISTS SO FAR