Growth Investor Awards 2023

TV personality Claudia Winkleman hosted 550 movers and shakers from the UK’s vibrant SME investment community during the ninth annual Growth Investor Awards.

The evening opened with powerful words from Founder Guy Tolhurst on the power of collective enthusiasm followed by our keynote speech delivered by the Minister for Enterprise, Markets and Small Business, Kevin Hollinrake MP.

Multi-exit entrepreneur Debbie Woskow OBE opened the show with a rousing reminder on the grace and grit required to achieve success.

The winners, runners-up and ones to watch were celebrated after a rigorous, two-stage judging process had whittled down the entries into 112 finalists and just 23 prestigious awards.

Simon Kevan presented Mercia Asset Management with their prize. 


Celebrating the role of the UK SME investment community in job and wealth creation, the Growth Investor Awards honour all those involved in putting investment to work in high-potential businesses – from those providing or helping to source investment to those best optimising growth capital to scale.

Recognising impact beyond investment, these Awards highlight the value delivered to investors, businesses and Britain’s economy by Fund Managers, Wealth Managers, Financial Advisers, Private Equity & Venture Capital Companies, Corporate Investors, Angel Syndicates, Investment Platforms, and Entrepreneurs.


At Intelligent Partnership we’re passionate about small businesses. We know that they are a vital part of the economy: creating jobs, developing new products, opening up new markets and fuelling regional growth.

For these reasons, we want to play our part in promoting the SME sector, and in particular highlighting the finance and support available to small companies. We want to encourage more people to start their own businesses. And we want to encourage more small businesses to secure finance, scale up and become great businesses.

We’re doing this by providing education and insights on this market; by working with trade associations and government to develop better-quality market information; by recognising best practices among finance providers and professionals that support the SME community; by championing success stories, and by carrying out research to provide market intelligence for finance providers.

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