Category: Awards

Captify win BVCA Growth Management Team Award 2017

Captify have won the Growth Management Team Award at the BVCA South East Management Team Awards 2017. The awards recognise and reward brilliant businesses up and down the country that have been backed by UK private equity and venture capital investors. Captify will now go forward into the national final to compete against other regions, before the national winners are announced at the BVCA gala dinner in November.

The Judges of the awards made the following comments on Captify’s win:

“Captify showed phenomenally rapid growth in 2016. The company now has a genuinely international presence with a roster of blue chip clients and is second only to Google in Search Intelligence. Dominic Joseph and Adam Ludwin have built this business from start-up in a very competitive space in only 6 years.”

Profile make 2017 Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies List

Profile Financial has been included in the 2017 Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies List. The Sunday Times publish their list every year to honour the ‘cream of Britain’s employers’. The award follows much dedication towards the team environment and to creating a positive culture for everyone who works at Profile.

COO of Profile, Rachel Blundell commented:
We know that Profile wouldn’t be the success that it is without great people and that’s why creating a healthy culture and working environment for our team is crucial to our business strategy. As a young business which has grown quickly in three years, we are incredibly proud to be on the list and we have bold ambitions for the future!”

Read the full story here.

An award-winning November for Smedvig Capital portfolio companies

Two Smedvig portfolio companies have won places in Deloitte’s 2016 Technology awards. The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500 rank the fastest growing technology companies around the world.

Quill has been awarded a place in the 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 – a ranking of the UK’s fastest-growing technology companies according to their revenue growth over the past four years. Following wins in 2014 and 2015, Quill has once again made the list, ranking in 43rd place this year with a revenue growth rate of 407%.

Mediamorph has ranked 153 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. Mediamorph has grown 558% during this period.

Ed Bussey, CEO of Quill commented:
“I’m thrilled that Quill has once again been ranked one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the UK. I’m confident that this rate of growth will accelerate as we move into 2017, with plans to expand the team, to replicate our UK successes overseas and to continue to optimise our multi-language content production processes. I’d like to thank everyone on the incredibly talented Quill team – who have made all this possible with their unstoppable energy, as well as our investors, who have supported us on the journey and who share the same global ambitions for Quill as we do.”

Rob Gardos, CEO of Mediamorph commented:
“Over the past three years, Mediamorph has made great advancements to our platform and broadened our offering to more types of customers around the globe. We are proud that Mediamorph made the Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ and want to thank our customers and employees for driving our success.”

My Home Move have had an extremely successful month winning four awards at three different events.

For the fourth year in a row they won ‘Best Legal Services Provider’ at the Your Mortgage Awards. They have also won ‘Innovation of the Year’ at the Modern Law Awards. Lastly, they won two highly coveted awards – ‘Best Conveyancing Firm’ and ‘Innovation (non-lender)’ at the 2016 Mortgage Finance Gazette Awards.

LOVESPACE have been named ‘Crowdfunded Business of the Year’ for the second time at the Start Up Awards 2016. The Start Up Awards recognise the UK’s most creative, innovative and ambitious new businesses.

Finance Director Simon Fattuhi commented:
“It was a tough competition. We were up against a pool of fast growing start-ups, some of whom will no doubt become household names in years to come. Several of them had raised substantially more money than we did this time round. Given the popularity and prevalence of crowdfunding as an alternative source of finance these days, it was an honour to be nominated. To come out and win is a fantastic recognition of what we have achieved this year.”

Third win for My Home Move CEO at Mortgage Awards 2016

CEO of My Home Move Doug Crawford has won the ‘Conveyancer – Business Leader’ Category at the British Mortgage Awards 2016 for the third time in four years.

Doug Crawford said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been honoured with this award for the third time. The British Mortgage Awards represent the very best of those who work within the mortgage sector and associated industries – tough competition and high praise indeed for which I am grateful.

These last twelve months have presented some real challenges for our industry; from the rise in property prices to the lack of housing stock and pressure caused by the additional stamp duty levy. Despite these challenges, the industry responded with a collective effort to be proud of. The success this award represents is reflective of the hard work of all my colleagues at My Home Move – and so I’d like to extend my thanks and gratitude to them for their commitment and the exceptional conveyancing service they deliver to tens of thousands of home movers a year.”

My Home Move have also recently launched their enhanced eWay service which enables clients to manage their conveyancing case on the move, via a smartphone or tablet. Through the accompanying eWay app, clients are sent push notifications as well as provided with access to support materials, videos, forms and case documents, at the touch of a button – a pioneering, industry first.

Captify: Awards, features & world firsts!

Captify have won the South East Regional BVCA Management Team award in the ‘Venture or Growth Company Team’ category and are looking forward to the national finals in December.

This comes on the back of a great month for the company as they were named as one of the few EU companies featured on the Business Insiders List of hottest global pre IPO ad tech companies who they consider as ‘game changers’ in the industry.

Captify have also recently collaborated with Havas Media and Emirates on the world’s first dynamic video campaign which has received very positive reactions in the media, in particular a piece by The Drum which can be found here.

Sam Packer, video partnerships director at Captify said: 
“By enabling advertisers to inform their video creative with valuable insight derived from Search Intelligence, we can now unleash an even deeper level of targeting and personalisation, simply not achievable before. Like Havas, we aim to push the boundaries, and this campaign does that. Dynamic video powered by search opens up so many creative opportunities”.

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.’


GP Bullhound announces the winners of the Northern Tech Awards 2015

Palringo, Mobica, Crisp Thinking, Missguided, Parcel2Go and Performance Horizon all walked away with awards at the GP Bullhound Northern Tech Awards, which recognise the leading technology companies in the North.

The invitation-only event took place on 26th March 2015 at Aspire in Leeds, a growing hub in the internet sector and home to a large number of successful technology companies across a wide number of sectors.

The Northern Tech Awards are owned and managed by international technology investment bank GP Bullhound, and are held every year to recognise the fastest growing technology companies in the North.

This year’s event, hosted by David Rowan, Editor of WIRED magazine, and Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of GP Bullhound, was attended by a select group of 200 CEOs, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and journalists.

We were delighted to sponsor the event, alongside other sponsors including Barclays, Squire Patton Boggs, Berenberg, Business Growth Fund, Crowdcube, Enterprise Ventures, Frazer John Recruitment, The London Stock Exchange, Scottish Equity Partners and Silicon Valley Bank.

The Awards winners, the final ranking of top 50 companies, and the list of Rising Stars were announced during the evening:

Fastest Growing Company Award, won by Palringo, a leading platform for mobile communities all around the world

Fastest Growing Larger Company Award, won by Mobica, a global software development and integration services company

Most Innovative Company Award, won by Parcel2Go, the UK’s leading parcel delivery comparison web service

Judges Leadership Award, won by Missguided, an international online fast fashion retailer

Judges’ Award for International Success, won by Crisp Thinking, offering a technology that helps protect brand reputation on social networks

Overall Judges’ Award, won by Performance Horizon, whose technology enables global brands, agencies and publishers to optimize and take control of the performance of their campaigns

The panel of Judges comprised leading figures from the local, national and international entrepreneurial scene, including: Adam Balon (Founder, Innocent Drinks), Martin Bryant (Editor, The Next Webb), Michael Dimelow (ARM, VP Strategic Business Development), Sir Terry Leahy (Private Investor), David Rasche (Founder, SSP), David Rowan (Editor, WIRED), Charles Sharland (Chairman and Co-Founder, Appsense), Paul Walker (Co-Founder, Sage), Phil Webb, (EMIS Group, CTO).

“The Northern Tech Awards are a celebration of the boundless energy and global ambitions of tech entrepreneurs in the North”, said Hugh Campbell, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of GP Bullhound, praising the standard of the entries: “This year the quality and quantity of nominations is the highest ever, and the whole of the North is represented” He added: “We were blown away by the talent and ground-breaking innovation of the companies who won each category.”

GP Bullhound is strongly committed to the region and since the opening of its Manchester office in 2014, headed up by Hugh Campbell, the firm has advised on a number of successful transactions such as the sale of Textlocal to IMImobile, the sale of Realise to St Ives, the sale of Great Fridays to EPAM and the sale of Sumo Digital to Northedge.

Northern Tech Map
The Northern Tech Awards also saw the release of the Northern Tech Map, a unique interactive map built by GP Bullhound, locating and describing the region’s best tech companies, to discover on

Tusker wins Gold award at the Green Apple Environmental Awards!

Market-leading contract hire and salary sacrifice provider, Tusker, has struck gold at the Green Apple Environmental Awards for its commitment to green automotive best practice, including carbon offsetting on all new cars and free advice on Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles.

Tusker won their gold award for Best Automotive Green Practice at the Green Apple Awards ceremony which was held in the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the River Thames at the Houses of Parliament.

The award was presented to Tusker’s CEO David Hosking by Roger Wolens, Managing Director, The Green Organisation, along with Leicester Councillor, Michael Cooke.

The Green Apple Award judges recognised the merits of Tusker’s Green Project which has a number of environmental objectives and an ongoing commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

One of these is to have only carbon neutral cars on the road within the next three years through the use of carbon offsetting for every new car added to Tusker’s Salary Sacrifice fleet. Carbon emissions are offset using a number of accredited offsetting schemes in conjunction with carbon offsetting specialists, Carbon Footprint.

In this way, Tusker expects to offset 30,000 tons of tailpipe carbon emissions by the end of this year, rising to 60,000 tons by the end of 2015.

Another green initiative is a new microsite that promotes the cost savings and environmental benefits of ultra-low emission vehicles to all Tusker drivers, and is packed with useful information to educate employees and drivers on the benefits of going electric.

Tusker’s recent move to a green office park, has supported the company‘s own carbon reduction through several green actions, including the appraisal of all electricity, water and waste usage.

“We are delighted to have won a Gold Award at the 2014 Green Apple Awards and see it as a fitting reward for our continued and ongoing environmental commitment,” said Tusker CEO, David Hosking.

Ed Bussey is awarded a Special Merit for Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2014 Great British Entrepreneur Awards

Global content creators Quill are thrilled to announce that Founder and CEO, Ed Bussey was awarded a Special Merit for Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2014 Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The business was also recently included in the O2 Smarta100 list of Britain’s smartest business.

In addition, Quill are proud to have been selected to take part in the London Stock Exchange ELITE Programme – a bespoke programme for the UK’s most exciting private companies. ELITE brings together ambitious companies as part of an ecosystem that supports innovation, entrepreneurialism and growth at all stages of business.

Myhomemove – award-winners once more!

Myhomemove are award winners once more, having won the coveted title of ‘Best ABS over 100 employees’ for the second year running at the 2014 Modern Law Awards. The awards celebrated the very best in entrepreneurship, market development, business management and ‘best practice’ in the modern legal services arena.

Doug Crawford, myhomemove CEO said, “Through our Alternative Business Structure we are able to operate as a modern, forward-thinking company that places the needs of our clients first.

Each year we invest substantially in our staff, technology and operations to ensure the service we deliver is first class. We are constantly challenging ourselves to be better and so to have won the title of ‘Best ABS over 100 employees’ for the second year in a row is testament to the hard work and dedication of every employee at myhomemove.”

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