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
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Force Over Mass Capital
  • Guinness Asset Management
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • MMC Ventures
  • Parkwalk Advisors
  • Symvan Capital

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – Listed

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
  • Blankstone Sington
  • Puma Investments
  • Thorntons Investments
  • TIME Investments

 

BEST BR INVESTMENT MANAGER – Unlisted

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
  • Octopus Investments
  • Puma Investments
  • TIME Investments
  • Triple Point

 

BEST VCT INVESTMENT MANAGER

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: 

  • Albion Capital
  • Beringea
  • Calculus Capital
  • Maven Capital Partners
  • NVM Private Equity
  • Octopus Investments

 

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.

Finalists:

  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Jenson Funding Partners
  • RLC Ventures
  • Sapphire Capital Partners
  • Startup Funding Club
  • Symvan Capital
  • Velocity Capital Advisors

 

BEST AIM PORTFOLIO SERVICE

sponsored by Crowe UK LLP

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:

  • Guinness Asset Management
  • Hawksmoor Investment Management
  • Progeny Asset Management
  • Thorntons Investments

 

BEST INVESTMENT PLATFORM – Funds

Recognising any type of investment platform offered by fund managers. 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:

  • GrowthInvest
  • Kuber Ventures
  • Wealth Club Limited

 

BEST INVESTMENT PLATFORM – Companies

Recognising any type of 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:

  • 24Haymarket
  • Astia
  • Crowdcube
  • Envestors
  • Funderbeam
  • Growthdeck
  • Q Ventures
  • Seedrs

MOST IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT 
sponsored by Bates Wells Compliance

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:

  • Amberside Capital
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Growthdeck
  • Maven Capital Partners
  • Puma Private Equity
  • Vala Capital

 

EXIT OF THE YEAR
sponsored by RW Blears Solicitors

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.

Finalists:

  • Beringea
  • Jenson Funding Partners
  • Maven Capital Partners
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • Parkwalk Advisors

 

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: 

  • Forward Partners
  • Grant Thornton
  • GrowthInvest
  • SeedLegals
  • Seedrs
  • Vala Capital
  • Nova

 

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:

  • Chris Feeney, Advanta Wealth Limited
  • Robert Lewis, Celtic Financial Planning Ltd
  • Stephen Jones, Clear Solutions
  • Jonothan McColgan, Combined Financial Strategies Ltd
  • Toby Owen-Browne, Finura
  • Ed Holder, Holder & Combes
  • David Stamp, Independent Financial Solutions
  • Adrian Murphy, Murphy Wealth

 

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.

Finalists:

  • Advanta Wealth Limited
  • Amicus Wealth Ltd
  • Ascot Wealth Management
  • Barclays
  • Greystone Wealth Management
  • Tavistock Wealth
  • UBS

 

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.

Finalists:

  • AlbionVC
  • Augmentum Fintech Plc
  • Beringea
  • Calculus Capital
  • Crowdcube
  • Deepbridge Capital
  • Foresight Group
  • Mercia Asset Management
  • MMC Ventures
  • Parkwalk Advisors

 

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:

  • Airsorted
  • Attest
  • Gousto
  • Horizon Group
  • Moteefe
  • Piccolo
  • Privitar
  • Taylor & Hart

 

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:

  • EMV Capital
  • Exo Investing
  • Nova
  • Vala Capital
  • Velocity Capital Partners

 

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
  • Forward Partners
  • Octopus Investments
  • Outlier Ventures
  • Pi Labs
  • TIME Investments

 

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 Wednesday, November 6

 

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 Wednesday, November 6

2019 FINALISTS SO FAR