EISA Awards

by | Feb 13, 2015

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Mercia Fund Management won two awards at the annual ‘EISA’ (Enterprise Investment Scheme Association) Awards Ceremony held at the House of Lords. The ceremony marks a coming together of firms and personalities within the EIS and SEIS industry.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges which included Martin Fox, Managing Director of Bulletin Marketing; Lee Moran, Chairman of the Investment Committee at Baigrie Davies; Lord Lee of Trafford; Justin King, former  CEO of Sainsbury’s; and Sarah Wadham, Director General of the EIS Association.

Mercia was named Best SEIS Fund Manager/Sponsor, as well being named joint winners of the award for Best Innovation or Newcomer. This award was won jointly with Intelligent Partnership.

The award for Best EIS Fund Manager of the Year went to Calculus Capital and Grant Thornton was named Best EIS/SEIS Tax Adviser. Bovill was awarded Best EIS/SEIS Legal, or Regulatory Adviser. Parkwalk Advisors won the award for Best Investment Exit of the Year, for the exit from Tracsis.

Simon Thorn from Acceleris picked up the Rising Star award, while Green Shoots, a new organisation for younger members in the EIS/SEIS industry, was highly commended.

Director General of the EIS Association Sarah Wadham said: “Last night was a great event for the whole EIS industry and it was wonderful to bring together so many talented individuals from the UK’s early-stage investment industry.  We were enormously impressed by the high standard and number of entries for the Awards.  I would like to congratulate all the winners and the highly commended entrants, and to thank the judges for their time and expertise.

“The EISA Chairman’s Reception and the Awards are always a terrific start to the year for the EIS Association, and we’re really looking forward to seeing continuing development and growth of the EIS/SEIS industry over the coming year. EIS and SEIS investment continues to play a vital role in providing funding for start-up and early stage UK companies which contribute so strongly to the growth of the economy and the creation of jobs.”

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