- Jenny Tooth, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, announced Oxford Capital Co-Investor Circle as runner-up in the Best Angel Syndicate award category
- Five leading angel syndicates went head to head in the 2017 Growth Investor Awards
- Visit growthinvestorawards.com for details of winners and runners-up in all 16 categories
Last night, at the Royal Lancaster in London, 450 leading decision makers from the UK’s vibrant SME investment ecosystem celebrated their stellar successes at the third annual Growth Investor Awards, organised by Intelligent Partnership.
Amid intense competition for the inaugural Best Angel Syndicate award, Oxford Capital Co-Investor Circle came in a very close second as runner-up for displaying how an experienced business angel can work with start-up companies to help them scale up and achieve global reach. Startup Funding Club took the top prize.
The Best Angel Syndicate award is open to any recognised angel syndicate and seeks to acknowledge the vital role angel investing plays in the SME investment ecosystem. Entrants had to provide clear evidence of offering investment at crucial stages of investee company growth. More than anything else the judges looked for measurable ‘impact beyond investment’ evidenced by how syndicates had provided invaluable support, experience, and strategic direction to investee companies.
Jenny Tooth, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, presented the Best Angel Syndicate award to Startup Funding Club, which fought off a stellar group of syndicates that comprised Oxford Capital CoInvestor Circle, 24Haymarket, Endeavour Ventures and Green Angel Syndicate.
Tooth commented: “This important award is designed to recognise the vital role angel investing plays in the SME investment ecosystem. Without knowledgeable syndicates that are prepared to collaborate and share risk, many businesses would struggle to get the investment and support they need at key stages in their growth journey.”
Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director at Intelligent Partnership, expanded on the judges’ decision: “Oxford Capital CoInvestor Circle has invested almost £60m into 26 different companies, and clearly demonstrated how it has been able to add value to its investee companies.”
Rory Bremner presided over the exclusive black tie awards, spanning 16 different categories. Chris Philp MP, entrepreneur and Parliamentary Private Secretary to HM Treasury Ministers, gave the first keynote speech of the evening. The ceremony featured a second keynote speech from Alan Cheatle, CEO and founder of TEN Group, on its stages of growth and how magic can happen when great investors meet promising entrepreneurs.
The Growth Investor Awards have consistently showcased the resounding successes of investment providers, growth companies and financial intermediaries. Together they are promoting high-potential SMEs, striving to bridge the productivity gap, and creating jobs and wealth across the UK.
Tolhurst said: “Progress matters. We need to be more aware of the unconscious bias that draws us towards people just like us across all parts of the SME investment ecosystem. The UK is one of the best places to start a business, but for it to become one of the best places to scale a business, we need to campaign for opportunity and success for all.”
Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commented “It is events like these – where the business community comes together to both reward and recognise laudable achievements – that instil in us all a great sense of pride in the UK. We are working hard to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK to ensure they can access the finance and wider support to grow and have the right conditions for companies to invest in the long term. Events like the Growth Investor Awards do a great service to that end. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who received an award and hope this serves as inspiration to others to start and build their own businesses.”
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Note: Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.