The third annual Small Cap Awards winners were announced last night at The Grange Hotel St Paul’s in London.
Over 200 guests, all supporters of the small cap community comprising of advisers and their companies, congregated at a black tie event which was hosted by Peter Dickson (the voice of television programme The X-Factor) with a keynote speech by Joe Mitton, the Senior Adviser to the Mayor of London for Business and Science.
The awards shone a light on the best companies and participants in the small and micro-cap community (sub £150m market capitalisation) across twelve categories. They are a once-in-a-year opportunity to recognise outstanding achievement focused on smaller quoted companies.
This year, the Small Cap Awards were sponsored by ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange (ISDX) and supported by the London Stock Exchange.
The Small Cap Awards included twelve award categories and an inaugural award; Alternative Financing Deal of the Year was also introduced. Alternative forms of financing outside traditional equity fundraising are becoming increasingly important to the quoted SME community and the award was created to help raise the profile of this fast growing category.
The nominations were selected by a judging panel comprised of leaders in the Small Cap sector and was Chaired by Ken Ford, who received a lifetime achievement award at last year’s Small Cap Awards event. Brian Basham, Chairman of Equity Development is the official Chair of the event.
There was a special award within the award categories set up to recognise Impact Company of the Year, which the Social Stock Exchange sponsors. To be eligible for this award the company must: have shown social or environmental impact as a core aim; have published an up-to-date independently verified impact report (2014); have securities that can be publicly traded on a Recognised Stock Exchange; and have a market cap not exceeding £150m to fit the category of ‘small cap’.
The nominations have primarily been chosen from the calendar year 2014. The judging panel consisted of:
- (Chair) Ken Ford – Veteran Entrepreneur and Private Investor
- Andy Edmond – CEO at Equity Development
- Richard Gill – ex-Editorial Director at t1ps
- Andrew Hore – HubInvest and Editor of AIM Journal
- Judith McKenzie – Head of Downing UK Micro-Cap Growth fund
- Miles Nolan – Research Editor at WH Ireland
- Claire Noyce – Managing Partner at Hybridan LLP
- Gervais Williams – Managing Director of Miton Group plc
The nominations and winners were:
|IPO of the Year||Winner: Clipper Logistics Nominations: Capital for Colleagues; Clipper Logistics; Entu; Flowtech Fluidpower; Nahl Group; Safestay|
|Company of the Year|| Winner: Solid State
Nominations: Chapel Down; Fitbug Holdings; Solid State; Tracsis; Tristel
|Impact Company of the Year|| Winner: Good Energy Group
Nominations: Accsys Technologies; Ashley House; Good Energy Group; HaloSource; ITM Power; ValiRx
|Executive Director of the Year|| Winner: Gary Marsh, CEO of Solid State
Nominations: Ben Stocks CEO of Porvair; Charlie Peppiatt CEO of Stadium Group; Frazer Thompson CEO of Chapel Down; Gary Marsh CEO of Solid State; Rob Proctor CEO of audioBoom
|Transaction of the Year|| Winner: Victoria
Nominations: Ducat Ventures; Fairpoint; Finsbury Food Group; One Delta acquisition of audioBoom; Victoria
|Analyst of the Year|| Winner: Eric Burns, Deputy Head of Institutional Research at WH Ireland
Nominations: Andrew Darley, Research Director, TMT at Finncap; Eric Burns, Deputy Head of Institutional Research at WH Ireland; Paul Jones, Director at Panmure Gordon; Robert Sanders, Head of Growth Companies Research at Westhouse Securities
|Journalist of the Year|| Winner: Simon Thompson, Investors Chronicle
Nominations: Andrew Hore, AIM Journal, AIM Micro; Ben Jaglom, Growth Company Investor; David Thomas, Stocks and Share Markets; James Faulkner, Spreadbet Magazine; Simon Thompson, Investors Chronicle
|Broker of the Year|| Winner: finnCap
Nominations: Arden Partners; Cenkos Securities; finnCap; Hybridan; Peterhouse Corporate Finance; WH Ireland
|Adviser of the Year|| Winner: Wedlake Bell
Nominations: Baker Tilly; BDO; Cairn; Grant Thornton; Wedlake Bell
|Fund Manager of the Year|| Winner: Judith MacKenzie
Nominations: Gervais Williams, Miton UK Smaller Companies; Guy Feld, Marlborough UK Micro Cap Growth Fund; Judith MacKenzie, Downing Active Management; Neil Hermon, Henderson UK Smaller Companies
|Alternative Financing Deal of the Year|| Winner: Chapel Down
Nominations: Capital for Colleagues; Chapel Down; Integritie (UK Bond Network); Mill Residential REIT; Worth Capital’s Big App Fund
|Lifetime Achievement Award||Julian Palfreyman, CEO, Winterflood Capital|
The third annual event follows the success of the Small Cap UK network (http://www.smallcapuk.com) founded by Lily and Piper, a specialist integrated Events Company talented in building niche networks. SmallCap UK is supported by Hamlins LLP, a leading central London commercial law firm.
Since it started in mid-2012 the Small Cap Club has successfully enabled leaders and participants in the micro-cap sector to regularly meet together, based on the premise that meeting people builds trust and creates new areas of thinking and opportunity and the regular networking events have gone from strength to strength.
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About ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange (ISDX)
ICAP Securities & Derivatives Exchange (ISDX) is a London based stock exchange providing UK and international companies with access to European capital through a range of fully listed and growth markets. ISDX recently announced a revised version of the ISDX Growth Market Rules for Issuers, which came into effect on 23rd March 2015. The new Rules include simplified eligibility criteria for companies wishing to join the Growth Market. Revisions to the ISDX Corporate Adviser Handbook are also effective from 23rd March. We would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation for their helpful and constructive feedback. Please contact us if you have any queries.
About Hamlins LLP
Hamlins is a commercial law firm focusing on media and entertainment, travel and leisure, retail and fashion, natural resources, real estate and finance. The firm is renowned for its specialist niches, substantial client base and quality lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields. It has built an enviable reputation with a quality of service rivalling much larger firms.
About the Social Stock Exchange
The Social Stock Exchange (SSX) – the world’s first regulated market for impact businesses – was launched to help companies that deliver a social or environmental impact connect with investors and unlock capital. All member companies must meet a rigorous set of criteria before joining, including the publication of an independently verified Impact Report.
About Lily & Piper
Lily & Piper is an integrated events and branding agency, which specialises in in placing brands in selected events around the UK, building campaigns and creating and developing niche networks.
Recent networks founded by the company include the High Value Immigration Awards, Fast Growth Entrepreneurs, Impact Investor Club and the Self Directed Investor Club.
About Yellow Jersey PR Limited
Yellow Jersey PR is a London-based financial & corporate PR consultancy formed in 2009, and is already ranked seventh on AIM by number of clients. The agency is nominated as ’Best Financial PR’ in the country at the Quoted Company Awards 2015. Yellow Jersey PR’s services extend to privately owned brands, listed companies and executives seeking to be heard and understood – www.yellowjerseypr.com