The 2019 Winners
Coming Soon

Wednesday June 26th 2019
The Monthcalm Hotel

Celebrating Sub £100m UK Microcap

The Winners - TBC

Event details & winners TBC on June 26th

IPO of the Year


Company of the Year


Executive Director of the Year


Impact Company of the Year


Analyst of the Year


Journalist of the Year


Fund Manager of the Year


Microcap Fund Manager of the Year


Lifetime Achievement Award


The Venue

Wednesday 26th June 2019
The Montcalm Hotel, London
18.30 til late
Event: Black Tie

Inaugurated in 2013, the Small Cap Awards is an annual event celebrating the best and rewarding the finest in the sub-£100m market cap quoted company sector.

In 2018, we had over 200 attendees. The Awards celebrates those professionals and companies that work within the AIM and NEX communities and is attended by institutions, fund managers, brokers and advisors.

Keynote Speaker -
Nick Leeson

In the mid-1980s, Nick Leeson landed a job as a clerk with royal bank Coutts, followed by a string of positions with other banks, ending up at Barings, where he quickly made an impression and was promoted to the trading floor.Before long, Nick was appointed the manager of a new operation in futures markets on the Singapore Monetary Exchange (SIMEX) and was soon making millions for Barings by betting on the future direction of the Nikkei Index. His bosses back in London, who viewed his large profits with glee, trusted the whizzkid. Leeson and his wife Lisa seemed to have everything: a salary of £50,000 with bonuses of up to £150,000, weekends in exotic places, a smart apartment, frequent parties and to top it all they seemed to be very much in love.Barings wasn’t aware that it was exposed to any losses because Leeson claimed that he was executing purchase orders on behalf of a client. What the company did not realise, is that it was responsible for the 88888 error account where Leeson hid all of his losses. This account had been set up to cover up a mistake made by an inexperienced team member, which led to a loss of £20,000. Leeson now used this account to cover his own mounting losses. As the losses grew, Leeson requested extra funds to continue trading, hoping to extricate himself from the mess by more deals. Over three months he bought more than 20,000 futures contracts worth about $180,000 each in a vain attempt to move the market. Some three quarters of the $1.3 billion he lost Barings resulted from these trades. When Barings executives discovered what had happened, they informed the Bank of England that Barings was effectively bust. In his wake Nick Leeson had wiped out the 233 year old Baring investment Bank, who proudly counted HM The Queen as a client. The $1.3 billion dollars of liabilities he had run up was more than the entire capital and reserves of the bank.Eventually arrested in Frankfurt, Germany, Nick spent a few fraught months trying to escape extradition to Singapore. He failed and in December 1995 a court in Singapore sentenced him to six and a half years in prison. Lisa his wife got a job as an airhostess to be able to visit him regularly. At first, their marriage survived the strain of being apart, but she eventually divorced him. Within months, Leeson was diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the colon. His weight plummeted and most of his hair fell out from chemotherapy.Finally released in 1999, and despite his return to the UK bringing a realisation that the high life had been swept away — he was effectively homeless and without a job — Nick enjoyed a fairly hedonistic first year seeing friends and family but also continuing his cancer treatment. Nick Leeson has proved his resilience and has been able to capitalise on his experiences. He was paid a substantial fee for the newspaper serialisation of his book in The Mail. The story was then turned into a film, Rogue Trader, starring Ewan McGregor. During 2001 he undertook a Psychology degree and Nick now spends his time delivering conference and keynote talks to companies and undertaking after-dinner speaking based on his life experiences.With a psychology degree and a second marriage to Irish beautician Leona Tormay, (with her own children Kersty and Alex) after trying for a baby they were delighted when, in 2004, Leona gave birth to a baby boy. Nick comments; “I’m of the mindset that cancer must not take you over and control your life. I do believe that the more positive you are, the greater your chance of survival.” his advice to others is never to bottle up stress as he himself did: “You need to talk and express yourself as I now do to Leona. With cancer as with other problems, it’s amazing how adaptable human beings are, and you will be able to cope provided you keep a strong frame of mind.”In April 2005 Nick was appointed Commercial Manager of Galway United Football Club, rising to the position of General Manager in late November 2005. The same year Nick published his second book Back from the Brink, Coping with Stress co-written with psychologist Ivan Tyrell. July 2007 saw his appointed as CEO of the football club where he remained in this position until his resignation in February 2011.

The Judging Panel

Our selected Small Cap Award 2019 Judges

(Chair) Claire Noyce

Managing Partner and Chief Executive at Hybridan

Dale Bellis

Investment Manager on the private equity and AiM investment team at Maven Capital Partners

David Coffman

Corporate Finance Director at Cairn Financial Advisers

Richard Gill

Head of Research at Align Research

Miles Nolan

Associate Director at IFC Advisory

Gervais Williams

Managing Director of Miton Group plc

Dominic Weller

Fund Manager at Octopus Investments

Guy Feld

Fund Manager at Canaccord Genuity

Connor Grimes

Investment Manager at Seneca Partners

Judith Mackenzie

Partner & Head of Public Equity at Downing LLP

The Nominations

Our selected Small Cap Award 2019 nominations

IPO of the Year

Alpha FX Group
Appscatter Group
Keystone Law Group PLC
K3 Capital Group

Company of the Year

Faron Pharmaceuticals
Frontier Developments
LoopUp Group
Nostra Terra Oil and Gas Company
TMT Investments
Water Intelligence
Water Intelligence
Wey Education
ZOO Digital Group

NEX Exchange Company of the Year

Chapel Down
Crossword Cyber Security
Field Systems Designs
National Milk Records
Walls & Futures

Executive Director of the Year

Zillah Byng-Thorne (CEO) and Penny Ladkin-Brand (CFO) – Future plc
Dr. Stuart Green, CEO – Zoo Digital Group PLC
Chris Gurry, Group Managing Director – CML MicroSystems PLC
Tom Ilube, CEO – Crossword Cybersecurity PLC
Dr Markku Jalkanen, CEO – Faron Pharmaceuticals
Bobby Kalar, CEO – Yu Group PLC
Dr. James Millen, CEO – Physiomics PLC
Ian Simm, CEO – Impax Asset Management Group PLC
Frazer Thompson, CEO – Chapel Down Group PLC
Andrew Wass, CEO – Gear4Music Holdings PLC

Impact Company of the Year Sponsored by Impact Investment Network

Ashley House
Walls & Future

Fintech Company of the Year

FairFX Group
FreeAgent Holdings
Proactis Holdings
ULS Technology

Transaction of the Year

Proactis Holdings PLC – Acquisition of Perfect Commerce
Work Group PLC / Gordon Dadds Group PLC – Reverse takeover
Atlantis Resources Limited – Uksmouth power stations deal (SUSPENDED)
Frontier IP Group PLC – Transactions
FairFX Group PLC – Acquisition of CardOne
7digital Group PLC – Acquisition of 24-7
Impax Asset Management Group PLC – Acquisition of Pax World Management LLC

Analyst of the Year

Vadim Alexandre, Head of Research – Northland Capital Partners
Kevin Ashton, TMT Analyst – Cantor Fitzgerald
Eric Burns, Deputy Head of Institutional Research – WH Ireland Limited
David Johnson, Research Director – Allenby Capital Limited
Rob Sanders, Head of Growth Companies Research – Stockdale Securities Limited
Simon Strong, Head of Research Growth Companies – Cenkos Securities PLC

Journalist of the Year

Smit Berry – Small Company Sharewatch
Joanne Hart – Midas
Jamie Nimmo – Mail on Sunday
Paul Scott – Stockopedia
Mark Shapland – Evening Standard
Merryn Somerset Webb – Financial Times
Simon Thompson – Investors Chronicle

Fund Manager of the Year

Daniel Nickols – Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies
James Thorne – Threadneedle UK Smaller Companies
Nick Williamson – Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies
James Zimmerman – Jupiter UK Smaller Companies

Microcap Fund Manager of the Year

Guy Feld – Canaccord (Hargreave Hale Limited)
David Horner – Chelverton Small Companies Dividend Trust PLC
Judith MacKenzie – Downing LLP
Katie Potts – Herald Investment Management
Gervais Williams – Miton Group PLC

Lifetime Achievement Award

To be announced on the evening

Special Services to Small Caps

To be announced on the evening


The seventh annual Small Cap Awards will take place from 18.30 on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at The Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch, London.

A standard table for 10 is priced at £1500+VAT to include a champagne reception, three course dinner and wine Individual tickets are available for £200 +VAT

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