14 November 2017
- Alex Evans, Programme Director at The Supper Club presented the award to YFM Partners
- YFM Equity Partners topped an impressive field including Endeavour Ventures, Mercia Fund Managers, Parkwalk Advisors and Stellar Asset Management
- 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 a the third annual Growth Investor Awards, organised by Intelligent Partnership.
YFM Equity Partners saw off competition from Endeavour Ventures, Mercia Fund Managers, Stellar Asset Management and Parkwalk Advisors to scoop the Exit of the Year award. With a 37x return on original investment and proactive investee support, YFM Equity Partners’ case was extremely strong.
The Exit of the Year award, recognising that a variety of factors combine to achieve the best exit for all stakeholders, permitted entrants based on any type of exit. It was judged fundamentally against initial targets and value added to the investee business, but obstacles to exit and management of risk were also closely scrutinised.
Alex Evans, Programme Director at The Supper Club presented the award. In previous years Beringea and Parkwalk Advisors have both triumphed in the category.
Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director at Intelligent Partnership, expanded on the judges’ decision: “The judging panel were of course impressed by the superb return, but the early years support that made it happen was what won YFM Equity Partners the trophy.”
Commenting on the victory, James Savage, Portfolio Director at YFM Equity Partners said: “We are immensely proud to have been selected for exit of the year. This investment demonstrated the real energy and value that can be created by the UK’s small businesses. It is also a fantastic testament to the ability of venture capital trusts to be truly patient capital, delivering a 37x return over 18 years.…”
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, high-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.”