Growth Investor Awards recognises financial advisers and investment professionals

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Jonothan McColgan won the highly coveted Financial Adviser of the Year prize at last week’s 2016 Growth Investor Awards, with Stephen Jones of Clear Solutions Wealth & Tax Management taking the runner-up spot.

Strong competition came from Ed Holder of Holder & Combes, Jamie Perkins of Westminster Wealth and Richard Spacey of CH Investment Partners.

UBS took the Wealth Manager of the Year Award, from strong shortlist of Ascot Lloyd (runner-up), Barclays Wealth, Carrington Investments and Westminster Wealth.

These awards recognise individual advisers and wealth management firms that actively promote alternative investments and were 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.

Organised by Intelligent Partnership, the Growth Investor Awards were created to recognise innovation and impact in UK investment management, to highlight the importance of venture capital schemes and the industry’s contribution to job growth and wealth creation, and to honour all those involved in putting investment to work in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Octopus Investments was one of the night’s big winners, being named Growth Investor of the Year, for the second year running, and Best BPR Investment Manager.

Judges said, “Octopus provide market leading support for advisers, they innovate constantly and use their scale effectively to advise and support investee companies.”

Puma Investments picked up the new Best AIM Investment Manager award, with Calculus Capital named as Best EIS Investment Manager, YFM Equity Partners as Best VCT Investment Manager and Symvan Capital took the title for Best SEIS Investment Manager.

Opening the event, Guy Tolhurst, managing director of Intelligent Partnership said: “Whether you’re a financial planner recommending alternative investments, an investment provider investing in growth businesses, or one of the many service providers who make this industry tick.

“You’re all part of the same ecosystem. And together you’re supporting entrepreneurs in putting growth capital to work and helping some fantastic businesses to thrive.”

The night also featured keynote speeches from Iain Wright MP and Lord Bilimoria that highlighted the importance of companies using tax advantaged venture capital schemes to help them scale up quickly, as well the need to support SMEs that are creating jobs, generating tax revenue and helping to drive Britain’s economic recovery.

The full list of 2016 Growth Investor Award Winners and Runners-Up.

INDUSTRY CHAMPION

  • Winner: Sam Smith, Founder and CEO of finnCap

EXIT OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Bovill

  • Winner: Beringea
  • Runner-up: YFM Equity Partners

MOST IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT

  • Winner: Cyrus Investment Management
  • Runner-up: Foresight Group

INDUSTRY GAME-CHANGER, sponsored by MICAP

  • Winner: Syndicate Room
  • Runner-up: Crowdcube

BEST INVESTMENT PLATFORM, sponsored by Bates Wells Braithwaite

  • Winner: Syndicate Room
  • Runner-up: Seedrs

BEST SEIS INVESTMENT MANAGER, sponsored by RW Blears

  • Winner: Symvan capital
  • Runner-up: Deadalus

BEST BPR INVESTMENT MANAGER, sponsored by Reyker

  • Winner: Octopus Investments
  • Runner-up: TIME Investments

BEST AIM INVESTMENT MANAGER

  • Winner: PUMA Investments
  • Runner-up: Unicorn

BEST EIS INVESTMENT MANAGER, sponsored by Mainspring Fund Services

  • Winner: Calculus Capital
  • Runner-up: MMC Ventures

BEST VCT INVESTMENT MANAGER

  • Winner: YFM Equity Partners
  • Runner-up: Albion

FINANCIAL ADVISER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by LGBR Capital

  • Winner: Jonothan McColgan
  • Runner-up: Stephen Jones

WEALTH MANAGER OF THE YEAR, sponsored by RAM Capital

  • Winner: UBS
  • Runner-up: Ascot Lloyd

GROWTH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Smith & Williamson

  • Winner: Eve Sleep
  • Runner-up: Carwow
  • Commended: notonthehighstreet.com

GROWTH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR, sponsored by Beauhurst

  • Winner: Octopus Investments
  • Runner-up: MMC Ventures