Tuesday 17 August – The Growth Investor Awards 2021 announces its return to a live in-person awards ceremony with the inclusion of Shawbrook Bank as sponsor for the newly added category of ESG Champion of the Year.

The ESG Champion of the Year award will be presented at a black-tie awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday November 4, 2021 at our new prestigious venue, the London Hilton on Park Lane.

The ESG Champion of the Year award recognises those who have placed a particular focus on ESG in their service or offering through certifications, transparency and disclosure, independent ratings, best practice, sustainability of outcomes, delivery of ESG commitments and embedding ESG into their company culture.

Jen Murray, Head of Financial Sponsors at Shawbrook Bank, commented: “Environmental, social and governance considerations have rightly been pushed to the forefront by both Covid-19 and the worryingly fast escalation of the climate emergency. We see the growth investment industry as a crucial driver of the innovation and change needed to meet the highest ESG standards, both within their firms and in the investee companies they champion.”

In this seventh year of the awards, we’re proud that our winners and our audience will be at the forefront of the ‘investment-led recovery’ that the UK government has tasked with leading the nation back to economic prosperity.

Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director at Intelligent Partnership, the organiser of the awards says, “This is a year in which the growth investment industry has had to show exactly what it’s made of and it hasn’t disappointed. AIM recovered faster and performed better than the main markets, income investments remained open for business and paying returns, and resilient and versatile incumbents acted swiftly to keep businesses funded and exploit new opportunities.

He adds, “We shouldn’t underestimate the expertise and experience that went into those outcomes at a time of phenomenal uncertainty, massive volatility and enforced operational chaos. So, to honour the amazing achievements, we’ll be gathering our deserving finalists and audience for our biggest celebration ever.”

The finalists for 17 of the Growth Investor Awards categories will be revealed in the w/c August 16, 2021, and all of the winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday November 4, 2021.

More information about the selection process and previous winners is available on the Growth Investor Awards’ website:

About the Growth Investor Awards
Now in their seventh year, the Growth Investor Awards are organised by Intelligent Partnership with industry supporters such as BVCA, Centre for Entrepreneurs, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, EISA, ScaleUp Institute, The Supper Club, The Entrepreneurs Network, UK Business Angels Association, and UK Crowdfunding. Sponsors include Exact Libris, Kin Fund Services, Mainspring, MICAP, RW Blears & Shawbrook Bank.



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