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Lily & Piper Limited: Small Cap Awards Winners Announcement 2018

Lily & Piper Limited

15-Jun-2018 / 14:00 GMT/BST

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London, UK
June 15th, 2018

Small Cap Awards Winners Announcement 2018
The sixth annual Small Cap Awards winners were announced last night in London at The Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch.

Over 200 guests, all supporters of the small cap community congregated at the black tie event. Companies and advisors were present at the evening hosted by Peter Dickson (the voice of television programme The X-Factor) with a keynote speech delivered by Gerald Ratner, a British household name and a well-known businessman. He is infamously associated with one of the business world's biggest falls from grace.

The awards shine a light on the best companies and participants in the small and micro-cap community (sub £100m market capitalisation) across thirteen categories. They are a once-in-a-year opportunity to recognise outstanding achievement focused on smaller quoted companies.

This year, the Small Cap Awards were headline sponsored by Nex Exchange. In addition, the event was co-sponsored by the highly respected commercial law firm Hamlins LLP; the Top 15 national audit and accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young; global leader in all aspects of digital corporate communications EQS Group; and the first new provider of CREST registry services in over 20 years, Avenir Registrars and Impact Investment Network; the first organisation licensed to deliver the Social Stock Exchange brand and accreditation methodology in the UK.

The Small Cap Awards included thirteen award categories and two inaugural awards were introduced; Fintech Company of the Year and Microcap Fund Manager of the Year. A special award set up to recognise Impact Company of the Year was also launched, sponsored by the Impact Investor Network.

The nominations have primarily been chosen from the calendar year 2017. The judging panel consisted of:

(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

The nominations and winners were:
IPO of the Year
Alpha FX Group
Appscatter Group
Keystone Law Group PLC
K3 Capital Group
Rainbow Rare Earths Ltd
Ramsdens Holdings

Winner: K3 Capital Group plc

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

Winner: ZOO Digital Group

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

Winner: Crossword Cyber Security

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

Winner: Bobby Kalar, CEO - Yu Group PLC

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

Winner: Walls & Future

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

Winner: FairFX Group

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
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

Winner: Proactis Holdings PLC - Acquisition of Perfect Commerce

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

Winner: Kevin Ashton, TMT Analyst - Cantor Fitzgerald

Journalist of the Year
Smit Berry - Small Company Sharewatch
Joanne Hart - Midas
Jamie Nimmo - Mail on Sun
Paul Scott - Stockopedia
Mark Shapland - Evening Standard
Merryn Somerset Webb - Financial Times
Simon Thompson - Investors Chronicle

Winner: Paul Scott - Stockopedia

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

Winner: Nick Williamson - Old Mutual 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

Winner: Guy Feld - Canaccord (Hargreave Hale Limited)

Lifetime Achievement Award

Katie Potts

Special Services to Small Caps (posthumous award)

John Jenkins

The sixth annual event follows the success of the Small Cap UK network ( founded by Lily and Piper, a specialist integrated Events Company talented in building niche networks. SmallCap UK is supported by Hamlins LLP, a leading central London commercial law firm and Avenir Registrars, the first new provider of CREST registry services in over 20 years.

Since it started in mid-2012 the Small Cap Club has successfully enabled leaders and participants in the micro-cap sector to regularly meet together, based on the premise that meeting people builds trust and creates new areas of thinking and opportunity. The regular networking events have gone from strength to strength.


About the Sponsors:

About NEX Exchange
NEX Exchange helps companies reach investors and raise capital. Whether choosing to offer equity or debt products, once admitted onto our stock exchange, small and medium-sized companies have easier access to investors. Admission is straightforward and we fully support the transition to a public market environment. For the small and the ambitious, NEX Exchange is more than a source of capital - we are the platform for growth. And for investors, we offer simple access to a diverse range of dynamic companies. NEX Exchange is a NEX Group business.

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About EQS Group

EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Digital Investor Relations. More than 8,000 companies worldwide trust EQS's products and services to securely, efficiently, and simultaneously fulfil complex national and international information obligations to the global investment community.

EQS has a unique portfolio of digital solutions. From the distribution of regulatory news (an FCA-approved Primary Information Provider), to insider list management and digital IR services. These include IR and corporate websites, stock charts and news feeds, online financial and sustainability reports and corporate audio and video webcasts.

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About Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP is a commercial law firm renowned for its industry expertise, entrepreneurial approach, and quality lawyers who are recognised leaders in their fields. We have deep market knowledge of the media, digital, real estate, sport, retail and leisure industries.

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About UHY Hacker Young

The UHY Hacker Young Group is one of the UK's Top 15 accountancy networks with more than 100 partners and 590 professional staff working from 27 locations around the country. The offices within the Group provide a wide range of audit, accounting and tax services, with a reputation for integrity and reliability within the financial community, and particularly with London's Stock Markets. UHY Hacker Young are ranked 12th in the ARL Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide amongst other UK audit firms for advising London Stock Exchange listed companies.

UHY Hacker Young is a founder member of the UHY International network with 320 offices across 92, with representation in all major financial centres.

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About Avenir Registrars

Avenir Registrars Ltd is a provider of CREST registry services. Avenir's clients include privately and publicly held businesses who have issued both debt and equity. Collectively, their instruments are listed at venues including NEX, the International Stock Exchange, the Gibraltar Stock Exchange, Nasdaq OMX and the London Stock Exchange. As the first new CREST registrar in over twenty years, Avenir's technology has been built from the ground up to deliver a revolutionary pricing model, with client support delivered by a team of experienced advisers.

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About the Impact Investment Network

The Impact Investment Network Ltd (IIN) is the first organisation licensed to deliver the Social Stock Exchange brand and accreditation methodology in the UK.

IIN is a partnership of value-driven businesses working collectively to empower both public and private companies to grow in a sustainable and ethical way, bringing leading organisations together as part of a dynamic network of socially and environmentally driven, commercially-focused businesses from across the globe. IIN also provides access to Europe's only public market segment dedicated to enterprises making the world a better place, through the NEX Exchange.

For more information, go to

About Lily & Piper

Lily & Piper is an integrated event and branding agency, which specialises in placing brands in selected events around the UK, building campaigns and creating and developing niche networks.

Recent networks founded by the company include the Foreign Direct Investment Awards, Small Cap Network, Fast Growth Entrepreneurs and Impact Investor Club.

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