Thursday 14 June 2018

The Montcalm Hotel, London

18.30 til late

Event: Black Tie

Inaugurated in 2013, the Small Cap Awards is an annual event celebrating the best and rewarding the finest in the sub-£100m market cap quoted company sector.

In 2017, we had over 200 attendees. The Awards celebrates those professionals and companies that work within the AIM and NEX communities and is attended by institutions, fund managers, brokers and advisors.

Keynote Speaker - Gerald Ratner

Gerald Ratner is a British household name and a well-known businessman. He is also a name associated with one of the business world’s biggest falls from grace.

Gerald Ratner took over as CEO of the family jewellery chain in the mid 80s, becoming one of Britain’s best known businessmen. He transformed it from 130 stores with sales of £13m, to a public company with 2,500 stores and sales of over £1.2bn.  By 1990, Ratner’s was the world’s largest jewellery retailer with profits in excess of £120m.

Following a high profile gaffe in which he described one of the products sold in the stores as ‘total crap’, he spent 18 months trying to do damage control but was eventually forced out of the business.

He lost everything and was reduced to staying-in watching Countdown in the afternoons, depressed, ostracised and bewildered. He tried to buy a site to start a health club in Henley but no bank would back him as he had no covenant. That is until he devised an ingenious way of raising some capital.

Gerald eventually bought and developed the health club then sold it 3 years later for £3.9m. This was the start of his comeback. He then started his online jewellery business after a fellow jeweller did some market research showing Ratners was still, over 10 years after the event, the most publicly-recognized name in jewellery retailing. However, he was blocked from using his own name by his old company and had to settle for GeraldOnline which today is turning over some £25m and is ready to go public.

Today Ratner’s gaffe is still famous as an example of the value of branding and image over quality. Such gaffes are now often referred to as Doing a Ratner . His story of Riches-to-Rags disaster at his very own hands fascinates and intrigues. It will be an inspiration to many who have experienced rejection, loss and humiliation.

2018 Categories

IPO of the Year
Company of the Year
Nex Exchange Company of the Year
Executive Director of the Year
Impact Company of the Year (Sponsored by Impact Investment Network)
Transaction of the Year
Fintech Company of the Year
Analyst of the Year
Journalist of the Year
Fund Manager of the Year
Microcap Fund Manager of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
Special Services to Small Caps

2018 Judging Panel

(Chair) Claire Noyce
Managing Partner and Chief Executive at Hybridan
Dale Bellis
Investment Manager on the private equity and AiM investment team at Maven Capital Partners
David Coffman
Corporate Finance Director at Cairn Financial Advisers
Richard Gill
Head of Research at Align Research
Miles Nolan
Associate Director at IFC Advisory
Gervais Williams
Managing Director of Miton Group plc

2018 Nominations

IPO of the Year
Alpha FX Group
Appscatter Group
Keystone Law Group PLC
K3 Capital Group
Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd
Ramsdens Holdings


Company of the Year
Faron Pharmaceuticals
Frontier Developments
LoopUp Group
Nostra Terra Oil and Gas Company
TMT Investments
Water Intelligence
Wey Education
ZOO Digital Group


NEX Exchange Company of the Year
Chapel Down
Crossword Cyber Security
Field Systems Designs
National Milk Records
Walls & Futures


Executive Director of the Year
Zillah Byng-Thorne (CEO) and Penny Ladkin-Brand (CFO) – Future plc
Dr. Stuart Green, CEO – Zoo Digital Group PLC
Chris Gurry, Group Managing Director – CML MicroSystems PLC
Tom Ilube, CEO – Crossword Cybersecurity PLC
Dr Markku Jalkanen, CEO – Faron Pharmaceuticals
Bobby Kalar, CEO – Yu Group PLC
Dr. James Millen, CEO – Physiomics PLC
Ian Simm, CEO – Impax Asset Management Group PLC
Frazer Thompson, CEO – Chapel Down Group PLC
Andrew Wass, CEO – Gear4Music Holdings PLC


Impact Company of the Year
Sponsored by Impact Investment Network
Ashley House
Walls & Future


Fintech Company of the Year
FairFX Group
FreeAgent Holdings
Proactis Holdings
ULS Technology


Transaction of the Year 
Proactis Holdings PLC – Acquisition of Perfect Commerce
Work Group PLC / Gordon Dadds Group PLC – Reverse takeover
Atlantis Resources Limited – Uksmouth power stations deal (SUSPENDED)
Frontier IP Group PLC – Transactions
FairFX Group PLC – Acquisition of CardOne
7digital Group PLC – Acquisition of 24-7
Impax Asset Management Group PLC – Acquisition of Pax World Management LLC


Analyst of the Year
Vadim Alexandre, Head of Research – Northland Capital Partners
Kevin Ashton, TMT Analyst – Cantor Fitzgerald
Eric Burns, Deputy Head of Institutional Research – WH Ireland Limited
David Johnson, Research Director – Allenby Capital Limited
Rob Sanders, Head of Growth Companies Research – Stockdale Securities Limited
Simon Strong, Head of Research Growth Companies – Cenkos Securities PLC


Journalist of the Year
Smit Berry – Small Company Sharewatch
Joanne Hart – Midas
Jamie Nimmo – Mail on Sunday
Paul Scott – Stockopedia
Mark Shapland – Evening Standard
Merryn Somerset Webb – Financial Times
Simon Thompson – Investors Chronicle
Fund Manager of the Year
Daniel Nickols – Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies
James Thorne – Threadneedle UK Smaller Companies
Nick Williamson – Old Mutual UK Smaller Companies
James Zimmerman – Jupiter UK Smaller Companies


Microcap Fund Manager of the Year
Guy Feld – Canaccord (Hargreave Hale Limited)
David Horner – Chelverton Small Companies Dividend Trust PLC
Judith MacKenzie – Downing LLP
Katie Potts – Herald Investment Management
Gervais Williams – Miton Group PLC


Lifetime Achievement Award
To be announced on the evening


Special Services to Small Caps
To be announced on the evening

Small Cap Awards - Event Video


The sixth annual Small Cap Awards will take place from 18.30 on Thursday 14 June 2018 at The Montcalm Hotel in Marble Arch, London.

A standard table for 10 is priced at £1500+VAT to include a champagne reception, three course dinner and wine Individual tickets are available for £200 +VAT

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