Month: January 2016

An Award Winning End to 2015 for Smedvig Capital Portfolio Companies

At the end of November, CEO of Quill, Ed Bussey won the highly coveted Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards are an annual event hailed as the benchmark for entrepreneurial success in Britain. The awards consist of 16 categories aimed at entrepreneurs whose businesses vary in size and scale and across a range of industries.

It was a successful month for Quill who also made it into Deloitte’s prestigious ranking of the UK’s fastest-growing tech companies: Tech Fast 500 EMEA, which honours business growth, technological innovation and UK Entrepreneurial Spirit. Quill was founded in 2011 and specialises in the production of quality content at scale. They enable businesses to use content to drive online engagements and revenues more efficiently.

Brett Akker, Chairman of Lovespace was also successful at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards being awarded the Espark special merit for the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. LOVESPACE was founded in 2011 by Brett, co-founder of Streetcar and Carl Ameln, founder of City Self-Storage and a pioneer of self-storage in Europe.

My Home Move, the UK’s leading providing of mover conveyancing services, continues to thrive and win a surplus of awards. For the third year in a row they have been awarded ‘Best Legal Services Provider’ at the Your Mortgage Awards. The awards recognise and reward lenders and providers who have offered the very best products and service to mortgage borrowers over the proceeding 12 months.

They have also been awarded ‘Best Conveyancing Provider’ at the Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards 2016. This is the second time in two years that my Home Move have been recognised by the judges of these Awards; in 2015 it was named ‘Best Use of Technology’ for its innovative, online case management service, eWay.

Lastly, My Home Move have been awarded ‘Education and Training Initiative of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards. In 2013 My Home Move opened its in-house CPD accredited Learning and Development academy. Recognised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to deliver professional training and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers as an accredited college, the Academy Provides training to over 300 Legal professionals a year.

Continued Success…

Not only are Smedvig’s current portfolio a great success at Award ceremonies around the UK, but also Smedvig’s past portfolio members:

Tusker has recently won GrowingBusiness of the Year 2015 (Larger Category) at the Growing Business Awards. Created by Real Business and held in association with Lloyds Bank, the Growing business Awards are the most established and respected national recognition of SME and entrepreneurial success. Tusker was founded in 2000 and today manages fleets of cars for organisations large and small. They are pioneers of the easiest and most effective way to run a car for employees with their award winning salary sacrifice car scheme.

Finally, Ocean Outdoor has been awarded The Grand Prix Award with WCRS at The Drum’s Creative Out of Home Awards for their campaign on Women’s Aid, entitled ‘Look At Me.’ Ocean are an independent British company offering unique, impactful and interactive digital outdoor advertising spaces. Speaking about the Grand Prix winner, judge and creative director at OMD Ann Wixley said: ‘Look at me was a unanimous choice for Grand Prix. The idea is grounded in real human insight, delivered simply and impact-fully and uses facial recognition technology in a fresh original way to make people stop, look and think. A perfect storm of ingredients for great outdoor.’