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Best Investor Communication Award

Sponsored by Design Portfolio

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Stephen Burrows, Head of Financial Reporting & Investor Relations, Great Portland Estates plc (winner); Julie Wilford, Managing Director, Design Portfolio; and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Winner: Great Portland Estates plc

www.gpe.co.uk

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Best Performing Share Award

Sponsored by Winterflood Securities

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Andrew Derodra, CFO, Skyepharma plc (winner); Ben Jowett, Head of Sales Trading, Winterflood Securities; and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Fund Manager of the Year Award

Sponsored by Liberum

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Shane Le Prevost, Chairman, Liberum; Stuart Widdowson, Strategic Equity Capital (winner); and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Winner: Stuart Widdowson/Strategic Equity Capital

www.strategicequitycapital.com

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Achievement in Sustainability Award

Sponsored by PwC

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Ben Marks, Berkeley Group Holdings plc (winner); Alan McGill, Partner in PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice; and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Best Technology Award

Sponsored by Financial Times

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); David Buttle, Senior Marketing Manager, Financial Publishing, the Financial Times; Roy Davis, CEO, Optos plc (winner); and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Turnaround of the Year Award

Sponsored by RD:IR

Picture shows, left to right:

Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Frank Condella, Non-executive Chairman, Skyepharma plc (winner); Ian Smith, Joint Head of Analytics, RD:IR; and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

New Company of the Year Award

Sponsored by Canaccord Genuity

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Jonathan Davies, CFO, SSP Group plc (winner); Simon Bridges, Head of Corporate Broking, Canaccord Genuity; and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Sponsored by finnCap

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); Sam Smith, CEO, finnCap; Richard Steeves, CEO, Synergy Health plc (winner); and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

Winner: Richard Steeves/Synergy Health plc

www.synergyhealthplc.com

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Company of the Year Award

Sponsored by Instinctif Partners

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Kate Silverton (awards presenter); John Poulter, Executive Chairman, 4imprint Group plc (winner); Adrian Duffield, Managing Partner, Instinctif Partners; and Stephanie Hyde, Board Member for UK Regions, PwC.

David Snell(Voting Panel Chairman)PwC

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David is a partner in PwC’s London Mid-Tier Assurance practice with 30 years’ service with the firm. He specialises in providing audit and transaction support services to Small and Mid-cap Listed businesses across a wide range of industry sectors.

David’s clients include both private and publicly owned companies and he has extensive experience of working with Boards, applying his technical and business knowledge with a pragmatic, solutions-based approach. He has been involved in many successful London IPOs as well as working on acquisitions and disposals for Listed clients.

David regularly presents and writes on topical issues affecting listed companies and has close contact with key advisors including the London Stock Exchange.

David has worked in London throughout his professional career and is passionate in his support of London. He has been instrumental in a number of initiatives over the recent years designed to highlight London’s role as a major global city.

Joe BrentLiberum

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Joe joined Liberum in July 2009 as Head of UK Small & Mid-Cap Research, before becoming Head of Research.

Prior to Liberum, Joe was a Managing Director and Head of UK Small and Mid-Cap Research at Citigroup, where he worked for four years. Joe was rated first by Extel in Mid-Cap research in 2012 and 2013. He started his career as an accountant at Deloitte and Touche before joining Cazenove, where he worked for ten years before joining Citigroup.

Joe graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, with a degree in History.

Andy BroughSchroders

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Andy is Co-Head of the Schroders Pan European Small and Mid-Cap Team. His investment career commenced in 1987 when he joined Schroders as a UK Equity Fund Manager, becoming Co-Head of the UK Small-Cap Team in 2002. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1985, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Andy has a degree in Economics.

Andy CrossleyPeel Hunt

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Andy was a small-cap fund manager for 24 years until 2010, the vast majority of that time at Invesco Perpetual, where he was a two-time winner of Manager of the PLC Awards Best Performing Fund. Since then he has been a “gamekeeper turned poacher” and has worked at Peel Hunt, advising corporates, particularly around fundraisings and also executing ECM transactions. He is a member of the London Stock Exchange’s AIM Advisory Group.

Matt EvansThreadneedle Asset Management

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Matt joined Threadneedle Investments in October 2013 as a Portfolio Manager in the UK Equities team. He is co-Manager of the Threadneedle UK Smaller Companies Fund, the Threadneedle UK Mid 250 Fund and a range of small-cap institutional portfolios. He is also responsible for stock analysis and idea generation for the wider team with research responsibility for construction, house builders and support services. Before joining Threadneedle Matt was a Portfolio Manager at Legal & General Investment Management specialising in UK Small Caps. He gained a degree in Geography and Sports Science from Loughborough University. 

Threadneedle start date: 2013. Industry start date: 1998.

Arun GeorgeCanaccord Genuity

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Arun joined Canaccord Genuity in November 2013 as a Technology Analyst, having previously been part of the Institutional team at Edison. He has over nine years’ experience covering the software, hardware and semiconductor industries. He was formerly a Technology Analyst for Altium Securities, Espirito Santo Investment Bank, Noble Group and Clear Capital. He has a dual Masters in Financial Engineering and Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan. He obtained his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He is also a CFA charterholder.

David HornerChelverton Asset Management

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David qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 with Touche Ross & Co before joining 3i Corporate Finance Limited in 1986, where he was a Manager giving corporate finance advice. In May 1993 he joined Strand Partners Limited, and in January 1994 was appointed a Director, where he carried out a range of corporate finance assignments identifying, structuring and managing investments in quoted and unquoted companies.

In October 1997 he left to set up Chelverton Asset Management Limited, which specialises in managing portfolios of private companies and small to medium-sized public companies. He was responsible for setting up Chelverton Growth Trust PLC and, since May 1999, has managed the Small Companies Dividend Trust PLC. He co-manages Chelverton UK Equity Income Fund with Dave Taylor.

Ben JowettWinterflood Securities

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Ben started his career at Winterflood Securities in 1996 having graduated from Loughborough University. After a two-year secondment to Close Brothers Equity Markets in Paris, specialising in European SmallCap, Ben returned to London where he is now Head of Sales Trading at Winterflood.

Marian MacBrydeMakinson Cowell

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Marian is a founder Director of Makinson Cowell, which is a capital markets advisory practice and the equity side of KPMG’s Capital Advisory Group. Marian has over 30 years’ experience in the capital markets having worked as a brokers’ analyst for seven years at Hoare Govett prior to the formation of Makinson Cowell. She advises companies in the UK, France and Germany on all aspects of their relationships with investors and spreads her time between New York, the home of the world’s largest capital markets, and Europe.

Richard PennyLegal & General

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Richard joined Legal & General Investment Management in 2003 and is a Fund Manager within the High Alpha Team and the Manager of the award-winning L&G UK Alpha Trust as well as a number of segregated portfolios. Most recently, in May 2014, he was appointed Fund Manager for the L&G Special Situations Trusts. Previously he worked for five years as a Fund Manager for M&G Investment Management and, prior to this, for four years as a Fund Manager at Scottish Amicable Investment Management. Richard has a Masters degree in Engineering and Economics from Oxford University.

Mike PrentisBlackRock Investment Management

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Mike is Managing Director and a Portfolio Manager, and a member of the UK Equity team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock’s Alpha Strategies Group. He has been manager of BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc since September 2002 and joint manager of BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc since July 2008.

Mike’s service with the firm dates back to 2005, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. Prior to joining MLIM in 2005, Mike worked at 3i, in both its asset management and private equity businesses.

Mike earned an MA in Geography from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1979. Mike Prentis won the Fund Manager of the Year Award at the 2010 and 2013 PLC Awards.

Milan RadiaJefferies

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Milan joined Jefferies International in June 2006 and is a Managing Director with responsibility for coverage of the European Software and IT Services sector. He has 22 years of equity market experience. In the last five years, Milan has twice been ranked the Number 1 earnings estimator in Europe for his sector in the Starmine awards, as well as the Number 2 earnings estimator in the UK. Milan was previously at Bridgewell Securities where he was a Director and founding member of the Equity Research team. During this time, Milan was voted Techmark Analyst of the Year and achieved a Top 3 Institutional Investor sector ranking. Prior to Bridgewell, Milan was for four years a Director in the UBS technology equity research group and a senior member of the Number 1 ranked software team. Milan started his career at Prudential Portfolio Managers where he was a Fund Manager responsible for a range of high growth and income unit trust funds in excess of £350m. Milan graduated with a first class degree in Economics from Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Ian RestallFlathill Communications Group plc

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Ian is the founder of the PLC Awards. Throughout his career, Ian has been involved in the quoted growth companies sector. His early career was as a stockbroker, analyst, broadcaster and financial journalist in this area and, since founding The Design Portfolio Marketing Services in 1991 (where he is currently Executive Chairman), he has been active in helping many companies with their investor communication and corporate reporting requirements. Ian is also Chairman of Flathill Communications Group plc, President of The Design Portfolio Marketing Services Inc. and a member of the Investor Relations Society.

Catherine StanleyF&C

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Catherine is Head of the Global Small Cap Equity team at F&C and Lead Manager of the UK Responsible Equity funds. She has been at F&C since 2000. Prior to this Catherine spent nine years at Framlington where she managed both retail and institutional UK smaller company funds. She has an MA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Oxford and is a member of the CFA Society in the UK.

David StevensonAmati Global

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David is a Fund Manager with Amati Global Investors, an Edinburgh-based specialist in UK mid and small companies, running products including an OEIC, AIM Venture Capital Trusts, and an AIM IHT portfolio service. Previously he was a founding partner at Cartesian Capital, managing UK long- only and long/short strategies, and prior to that he was Assistant Director at another investment boutique, SVM. David started his career at KPMG where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, latterly specialising in corporate finance, before moving into private equity with Dunedin.

Helen TarbetInstinctif Partners

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Helen has ten years’ experience in advising quoted growth companies on all aspects of their financial and corporate communications, both with agencies and in-house.

Caspar TrenchardStandard Life

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Poacher turned gamekeeper Caspar spent 13 years on the sell side – at Merrill Lynch, Cazenove and HSBC – before becoming a Fund Manager in 2005 with First State Investments. He has been an Investment Director at Standard Life Investments since 2007. Outside of fund management he enjoys football, music and a farm in Italy.

Gervais Williams Miton Group

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Gervais manages a number of funds that aggregate to over £1bn, including the Diverse Income Trust plc. He is also Managing Director at Miton Group plc, the independent listed fund management group that has a reputation for offering strategies that are distinctive from most others. His fund management career extends over nearly 30 years including 17 years with Gartmore Group Ltd, where he was Head of UK Small Companies investing in UK smaller companies and Irish equities. He was awarded Investor of the Year by Grant Thornton at its Quoted Company Dinner in both 2009 and 2010. Gervais is a member of the AIM Advisory Council and a Board member of the Quoted Companies Alliance. He is also on the EU Taskforce reviewing why the number of smaller IPOs has declined over recent decades. Gervais published his first book ‘Slow Finance’ in the autumn of 2011, and his second book ‘The Future is Small’ in November 2014. He was recently awarded Fund Manager of the Year 2014 by What Investment.

Rhys WilliamsfinnCap

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Rhys is a Director and Head of Sales at finnCap. He has had a 15-year career in the City, initially as a research director, and latterly as a general small/mid-cap salesman.

Dominic WilsonZeus Capital

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Dominic has been at Zeus Capital since September 2013 to lead the healthcare franchise. Prior to that he was Head of Sales at Nomura Code Securities. He has worked at Arden Partners, Piper Jaffray and Nomura International and was Head of Smaller Company Broking at Greig Middleton becoming Head of Sales when it was acquired by Old Mutual Securities. He started his City career in 1987 as a Healthcare Analyst at Kleinwort Benson in New York.

Best Investor Communication Award

Sponsored by

Design Portfolio

  • Anite plc 
  • DCC plc 
  • Go-Ahead Group plc 
  • Great Portland Estates plc 
  • Provident Financial plc 
  • Travis Perkins plc 

Achievement in Sustainability Award

Sponsored by

PwC

  • Berkeley Group Holdings plc
  • Carillion plc
  • Costain Group plc
  • Dignity plc
  • McBride plc
  • Thomas Cook Group plc

Best Technology Award

Sponsored by

Financial Times

  • CSR plc
  • Fidessa Group plc
  • Moneysupermarket.com Group plc
  • NCC Group plc
  • Optos plc
  • Playtech plc
  • Victrex plc

Turnaround of the Year Award

Sponsored by

RD:IR 

  • Greggs plc 
  • Man Group plc 
  • Northgate plc
  • Optos plc
  • Skyepharma plc
  • Wincanton plc 

New Company of the Year Award

Sponsored by

Canaccord Genuity

  • AA plc
  • Clipper Logistics plc
  • Jimmy Choo plc
  • Just Eat plc 
  • Spire Healthcare Group plc
  • SSP Group plc

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Sponsored by

finnCap

  • Peter Slabbert/Avon Rubber plc
  • Breon Corcoran/Betfair Group plc
  • Louise Makin/BTG plc 
  • Joep van Beurden/CSR plc
  • Richard Steeves/Synergy Health plc
  • Ray Kelvin/Ted Baker plc 

Company of the Year Award

Sponsored by

Instinctif Partners

  • 4imprint Group plc
  • Avon Rubber plc
  • BTG plc
  • Go-Ahead Group plc
  • Halma plc
  • Workspace Group plc

 

On 19 March 2015, the prestigious PLC Awards Dinner brought together its constituents for a night of celebration at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

 

2014 Image gallery

 

PLC Showreel

2014 Charity collection

A charity collection was held in respect of two charities: bccs, a children's charity for Essex and East
London and WellChild, the national charity for sick children.

The total amount raised at PLC Awards 2014, which was split equally between the two charities, was

£13,482