Mercia Fund Management has been shortlisted for Best EIS Investment Manager, Exit of the Year and Industry Game-Changer at the 2017 Growth Investor Awards, which celebrates the role of the UK’s investment provider community in championing tax-advantaged investments, spotting growth potential and backing outstanding UK small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs).
The winners will be announced at an exclusive black tie awards dinner, which will be held on Wednesday 8 November at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London.
Mercia Fund Management will be competing in the Best EIS Investment Manager category alongside the following finalists: Calculus Capital, CHF Media, MMC Ventures, Parkwalk Advisors and Puma Investments. The Exit of the Year category includes Mercia alongside the following finalists: Endeavour Ventures, Parkwalk Advisors, Stellar Asset Management and YFM Equity Partners. As well as this, Mercia Fund Management will be competing in the Industry Game-Changer category with: Abundance Investment, CoInvestor, Downing Crowd, Seedrs and Syndicate Room.
Commenting on the award nominations, Paul Mattick, Head of Sales & Investor Relations for Mercia, said: “This is fantastic news. We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for these three entries, especially Best EIS Investment Manager, which is one of the highest accolades in our industry. We’re honoured to be recognised for our exit of Allinea, and our dedication to improving our services for our EIS investors. We look forward to the outcome in November and will continue our work towards supporting and accelerating future growth, and delivering cash returns to our investors”
Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, said: “The Growth Investor Awards measure the impact of talent, technology and innovative thinking within Britain’s thriving smaller-company ecosystem. We want to honour all those industry leaders who day-in, day-out display the ability, bravery and commitment needed to back entrepreneurs and help drive Britain’s economic growth from the bottom up.”
“We are delighted that the role played by Mercia Fund Management has been recognised with these 2017 Growth Investor Awards shortlisting. I’d like to personally wish Mercia Fund Management the very best of luck, and we hope to see you on the winners’ stage in November.”
Finalists will now move on to a second round of judging to determine the winner in each award category. Daniel Kiernan, Intelligent Partnership’s Research Director heads up the Advisory Board, which represents different sections of the fund management, alternative investment and SME community. He said: “These awards were designed in consultation with the SME industry. An independent panel of judges for each category is drawn from within and outside the industry – to bring a range of perspectives and to provide a level playing field. Having such a robust and comprehensive judging process really underscores the credibility and prestige of these awards.”
This year’s expanded awards programme features 16 categories including Best Investment Platform, Growth Champion of the Year, Most Impactful Investment, Industry Game Changer and Best Angel Syndicate.
Launched by Intelligent Partnership in 2015, the Growth Investor Awards celebrate the UK’s SME investment community’s contribution towards innovation, technology, and job and wealth creation. The awards specifically acknowledge those companies and individuals who are helping start-up and scale-up businesses realise their full potential and power Britain’s economy.
Visit growthinvestorawards.com/finalists for a full list of all finalists and information on how to attend the event.