11 November 2020

In a challenging year, and with a record-breaking number of award entries, Par Equity has secured a spot as one of the finalists in the Growth Investor of the Year category of the 2020 Growth Investor Awards, hosted by Intelligent Partnership. Now in their sixth year, the Growth Investor Awards are a landmark event in the investment calendar. With the support of investors, businesses, government and industry bodies, they celebrate the companies and individuals who go above and beyond to support the UK’s growing businesses, and in doing so create jobs, boost economic growth and support innovation.


About the awards

The Growth Investor of the Year award is the highest accolade for investment providers. It recognises outstanding investment managers for performance, product and service developments, and true ‘impact beyond investment’ on customers and the wider business community. Par Equity will compete for the award alongside four other impressive finalists: 24Haymarket, Augmentum Fintech Plc, Deepbridge Capital, MMC Ventures, Par Equity, Parkwalk Advisors and Puma Investments.

The Exit of the Year category highlights any kind of exit strategy since 6th April 2019, paying attention to investment performance, value added to the investee business, customer feedback and overall impact. Par Equity will compete for the award alongside five other impressive finalists: Mercia Asset Management, MMC Ventures, Oxford Capital, Par Equity, Parkwalk Advisors and Symvan Capital.

In true 2020 fashion, the winners in all categories will be announced during a festive virtual event. It’s been such a tough year and we now find ourselves in another lockdown, so we’ve decided to up the celebratory stakes and are planning something special for the awards ceremony!

Commenting on the 2020 Growth Investor Awards, Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, said: “This has been an exceptional year in so many ways, and, as every finalist can confirm, success has come from being able to adapt and keep moving forward. I’m delighted we can host these awards as an online event, and continue to recognise the investment providers playing such a crucial role in giving the UK’s smaller companies the growth capital and expertise they need.

I would like to congratulate Par Equity – because to reach the finalist stage in such a competitive field of entrants in this category is a huge achievement.”

Award submissions will now move to a second round of judging from an independent panel of judges. All scores are collated to determine the winner and runners-up, with all finalists receiving a tailored feedback and benchmarking report offering expert insight about areas for improvement.

For further information, please visit growthinvestorawards.com

Awards are always taken with a pinch of salt, but having been recognised as a ‘Highly Commended’ EIS Fund Manager as the EIS Association awards last month, it’s pleasing to see Par nominated for two more at the GrowthInvestor Awards 2020. All of the team here are at Par, our wider network, and of course the portfolio, are deserving of this recognition.  Good luck to all the finalists.
Andrew NoblePartner, Par Equity