The qualifying period for all awards is 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
Best Investor Communication Award
Success in communicating effectively with both professional and private investors and to shareholders and potential shareholders is the main criteria behind this award. The winner of this award will recognise that communication works best when it is two-way. The winner will use a variety of communication tools to their maximum advantage including the annual report, the investor relations website, attendance at specialised investor forums and conferences, analyst and shareholder site visits, etc.
Best Performing Share Award
This is a factual award based on published data. To be eligible, companies must be quoted on the Main Market but not be a constituent of the FTSE100. The qualifying period for this award, and for all the awards, is from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
Fund Manager of the Year Award
This is a factual award based on published data. The qualifying period for this award is the same as for all the other awards this evening, namely from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.
Corporate Social Responsibility Award
In respect of this award, the Voting Panel will look for leadership, innovation, and commitment to take responsibility for the impact the company has on environmental and social wellbeing. The winner of this award will have gone beyond what may be required by regulators or environmental protection groups and engage in actions that further some social good, beyond the interests of the firm and that which is required by law. The winner will have increased shareholder trust through positive public relations and high ethical standards to reduce business and legal risk by taking responsibility for corporate actions which affect the environment and all stakeholders including consumers, employees, investors, communities, and others.
Best Technology Award
The winner of this award will be a company whose business growth and success is dependent on, or attributable to, the development of one or more technologies or the development of technology-led products or services that require or have demonstrated significant innovation either in terms of the technology itself or its application.
The technology does not have to be proven and could range from communications, electronic and computer related areas, including online technologies or businesses, through to biotechnology, medical and health innovation.
Turnaround of the Year Award
This award encompasses companies that have completed the most innovative turnaround of the year in a way likely to save or substantially improve the business and offer the prospect of the creation or enhancement of substantial shareholder value in the future.
This could be an equity or debt refinancing, a restructuring
and/or a debt for equity swap or a combination of all of those aspects. The winner will be a business that is now strongly positioned for future growth, rather than a business that had simply staved off the inevitable or one that was effectively being run solely to service its existing debt burden.
New Company of the Year Award
In short, a future company of the year, but one that has too short a track record to be considered for that award.
The winner will have gone public in 2016, yet will already have demonstrated that it possesses both growth and management qualities. It will, in effect, have served notice to the investing community that this is a formidable growth company in the making.
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
The winner of this award will have demonstrated continued leadership of the business. Whilst the essential entrepreneurial spirit that enabled the group to succeed in earlier days will have been retained, a management structure that can cope with the demands of running a public company will have been introduced.
Furthermore, recognising the importance of the management team and its people, it will have been proactive in the area of personnel motivation.
Company of the Year Award
The winner of this award will be a company that has clearly demonstrated that success is not just a short-term phenomenon.
The winning company will undoubtedly be successful in share price terms, but with full realisation that share price is but one method of measurement. It will be professionally managed, of course; its long-term strategy will be intact; and its growth and development to date will have been soundly financed as befits a conservatively run growth business.