Puma Investments crowned ‘Best AIM Investment Manager’ for a second year in a row at the Growth Investor Awards 2017
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 the third annual Growth Investor Awards, organised by Intelligent Partnership.
Puma Investments prevailed in the Best AIM Investment Manager category, being praised as an innovative team with a great range of products and a central presence in the market. Puma fought off stiff competition from Close Brothers, Investec, TIME Investments, Unicorn Asset Management and runner-up Amati Global Investors in the process.
The award, sponsored by Exact Financial Systems, was open to any investment manager with an AIM VCT, AIM EIS or AIM IHT portfolio service who has championed AIM with advisers and investors. Entrants were expected to demonstrate both outstanding performance and real commitment to the market. Judges considered portfolio performance against both stated objectives and peers, deployment of capital and activities undertaken to promote AIM and engage advisers.
Gary Butcher, CEO of Exact Financial Systems, presented the award to Puma Investments, who claimed the accolade for the second year on the trot.
Commenting on the award, Justin Waine, Investment Director at Puma Investments, said: “Puma Investments is delighted to win this award for the second year running. It is further confirmation that our unique stock selection process and strong investment returns are finding favour with the financial community."
"Particularly pleasing is that the award also rewards our work to promote AIM. This year we have run numerous AIM presentations to educate financial advisers of its benefits. We have also worked to make our product easily accessible to investors with our service now available through three of the leading investment platforms.”
Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director at Intelligent Partnership, expanded on the judges’ decision: “The advisory board was impressed by the consistently high returns achieved. They also stressed the importance of Puma’s visibility in the industry, market commentary and bespoke educational events.”
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.”
Best AIM Investment Manager Award 2017
(Pictured from left to right) Justin Waine, Investment Director, Puma Investments (winner); Gary Butcher, CEO, Exact Financial Systems; Kimberly Martin, Investment Manager, Puma Investments; and Rory Bremner.