This year’s Growth Investor Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 8 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London.

Organised by the Intelligent Partnership, a leading provider of research, education and insights on alternative investments, the awards were created to recognise innovation and impact in UK investment management.

The award entries are open from tomorrow and the deadline for entries and nominations is 2 June, 2017. On 13 July, the finalists and Growth Champion shortlist are announced.

The awards recognise the role played by the SME investment ecosystem in putting growth capital to work, helping some of the UK’s best businesses and brightest talent to thrive.

The 16 awards are open to both companies and individuals, from those providing investment, or helping to source it, to those best optimising growth capital to scale, and this year’s event will feature two new categories: Corporate Investor of the Year and Best Angel Syndicate.

Last year’s ceremony, which was attended by over 400 industry professionals, featured keynote speeches from Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool and Chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, and Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, founder of Cobra Beer and founding chairman of the UK India Business Council.

Managing director of Intelligent Partnership Guy Tolhurst said: “We launched the Growth Investor Awards in 2015 to celebrate the role of the investment management industry in job and wealth creation, and to recognise those companies that enable start-up and scale up businesses to realise their full potential and drive Britain’s economic growth.”

“At last year’s awards, we celebrated the success of tax-efficient investments, such as VCTs, EIS and the SEIS, that have together raised a phenomenal £20.8 billion to help fund high growth small businesses. We recognised UK SMEs with a combined annual turnover of £1.8 trillion that are helping to drive Britain’s economic recovery and expanding into international markets. And we championed businesses that are sparking a regional revival, by employing more than 15.6 million people across the UK.”

“In total, we received 103 entries from companies competing to claim the top spot across 14 different categories. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of 39 judges. Our third annual awards event promises to be bigger in scope and attendees and we’re expecting the calibre of entrants this year to be just as impressive.”

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