Small Cap Awards 2018 – Nominations Press Release

Press Release: London, UK

26 April 2018

Small Cap Awards



The Small Cap Awards is a once-a-year opportunity to recognise outstanding achievement focused on smaller quoted companies.

The Awards ceremony, which this year will take place on 14 June at the Montcalm Hotel in Central London, shines a light on the best companies and participants in the small and micro-cap community (sub £100m market capitalisation) across ten categories.

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.

This year the Small Cap Awards is delighted to have secured headline sponsorship for a fourth year from Nex Exchange (formerly ISDX), a London based stock exchange providing UK and international companies with access to European capital through a range of fully listed and growth markets.

In addition, the event is co-sponsored by the highly respected commercial law firm Hamlins LLP; the Top 15 national audit and accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young; global leader in all aspects of digital corporate communications EQS Group; and the first new provider of CREST registry services in over 20 years, Avenir Registrars. This year the Impact Company of the Year award is sponsored by the Impact Investment Network. The awards are organised by London event and network agency Lily & Piper.

The nominations have been selected by a judging panel comprised of leaders in the Small Cap sector and is Chaired by Claire Noyce, Managing Partner at Hybridan LLP.


IPO of the Year

Alpha FX Group

Appscatter Group


Keystone Law Group PLC

K3 Capital Group

Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd

Ramsdens Holdings



Company of the Year



Faron Pharmaceuticals

Frontier Developments

LoopUp Group

Nostra Terra Oil and Gas Company

TMT Investments

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 winners in each category will be announced on Thursday 14th June at a black tie event held at The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch, 2, Wallenberg Place, Marylebone, London, W1H 7TN and will celebrate success for UK listed Small Caps. 


Peter Dickson, a British voice-over artist best known as the voice of E4, and the brand voice of The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent,  will return for the sixth year to host the event.

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be Gerald Ratner, a British household name and a well-known businessman. He is also a name associated with one of the business world’s largest falls from grace.

Gerald Ratner took over as CEO of the family jewellery chain in the mid 80s, becoming one of Britain’s best known businessmen. He transformed it from 130 stores with sales of £13m, to a public company with 2,500 stores and sales of over £1.2bn.  By 1990, Ratner’s was the world’s largest jewellery retailer with profits in excess of £120m.

The event will be attended by institutions, fund managers, brokers, company directors, entrepreneurs and advisors, creating a chance for all attendees to network with those who have shown exceptional growth and performance in the small cap environment over the last year.

The nominations have been selected by a judging panel comprised of leaders in the Small Cap sector and is Chaired by Claire Noyce, Managing Partner at Hybridan LLP.


The judging panel consists of:


(Chair) Claire Noyce

Managing Partner and Chief Executive at Hybridan

Andy Edmond

CEO at Equity Development

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

Gervais Williams

Managing Director at Miton Group plc

Miles Nolan

Associate Director at IFC Advisory

Richard Gill

Head of Research at Align Research




Notes to Editors

The sixth annual Small Cap Awards will take place from 18.30 on Thursday 14 June 2018 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

Twitter @sce_club #smallcapawards

For more information contact:

Sponsorship and tables: [email protected]

Other queries: [email protected]


About the Sponsors:

About NEX Exchange

NEX Exchange helps companies reach investors and raise capital. Whether choosing to offer equity or debt products, once admitted onto our stock exchange, small and medium-sized companies have easier access to investors. Admission is straightforward and we fully support the transition to a public market environment. For the small and the ambitious, NEX Exchange is more than a source of capital – we are the platform for growth. And for investors, we offer simple access to a diverse range of dynamic companies. NEX Exchange is a NEX Group business.

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About EQS Group


EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Digital Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS’s products and services to securely, efficiently, and simultaneously fulfil complex national and international information obligations to the global investment community.


EQS has a unique portfolio of digital solutions. From the distribution of regulatory news (an FCA-approved Primary Information Provider), to insider list management and digital IR services. These include IR and corporate websites, stock charts and news feeds, online financial and sustainability reports and corporate audio and video webcasts.


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About Hamlins LLP


Hamlins LLP is a commercial law firm renowned for its industry expertise, entrepreneurial approach, and quality lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields. We have deep market knowledge of the media, digital, real estate, sport, retail and leisure industries.


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About UHY Hacker Young


The UHY Hacker Young Group is one of the UK’s Top 15 accountancy networks with more than 100 partners and 590 professional staff working from 27 locations around the country. The offices within the Group provide a wide range of audit, accounting and tax services, with a reputation for integrity and reliability within the financial community, and particularly with London’s Stock Markets. UHY Hacker Young are ranked 12th in the ARL Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide amongst other UK audit firms for advising London Stock Exchange listed companies.


UHY Hacker Young is a founder member of the UHY International network with 320 offices across 92, with representation in all major financial centres.


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About Avenir Registrars
Avenir Registrars Ltd is a provider of CREST registry services. Avenir’s clients include privately and publicly held businesses who have issued both debt and equity. Collectively, their instruments are listed at venues including NEX, the International Stock Exchange, the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, Nasdaq OMX and the London Stock Exchange. As the first new CREST registrar in over twenty years, Avenir’s technology has been built from the ground up to deliver a revolutionary pricing model, with client support delivered by a team of experienced advisers.


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About the Impact Investment Network


The Impact Investment Network Ltd (IIN) is the first organisation licensed to deliver the Social Stock Exchange brand and accreditation methodology in the UK.


IIN is a partnership of value-driven businesses working collectively to empower both public and private companies to grow in a sustainable and ethical way, bringing leading organisations together as part of a dynamic network of socially and environmentally driven, commercially-focused businesses from across the globe.  IIN also provides access to Europe’s only public market segment dedicated to enterprises making the world a better place, through the NEX Exchange.


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About Lily & Piper


Lily & Piper is an integrated event and branding agency, which specialises 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 Foreign Direct Investment Awards, Small Cap Network, Fast Growth Entrepreneurs and Impact Investor Club.


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