Login
HomeOur IndustryVision 2023

Vision 2023

Leaders driving growth

2022 was a challenging year in which companies navigated the difficulties of rising inflation and interest rates, supply chain issues and the impact of the war in Ukraine.

Vision 2023 will recognise the best teams of 2022 backed by private equity and venture capital, taking into account growth, competitiveness, innovation, ESG and the challenges of the year, with a focus on the future and the sustainability of the business as well as past performance.

Vision 2023 is an evolution of our Management Team Awards, which existed for over a decade, and briefly evolved into “Adapting with Purpose” in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Continuing our close collaboration with Grant Thornton, our initiative applauds the extraordinary companies that show vision, and the lasting value that the investment and support of their investors brought in 2022.

The themes for recognition include:
  • How companies remained competitive
  • How growth was achieved
  • Demonstrable innovation or agility
  • ESG commitment and progress

Each business will be recognised for its work across all four of these recognition themes, flagging distinct areas in which each company has excelled. This initiative will compile the stories that cast a spotlight on those management teams who have shone and deserve to be rewarded with the highest acknowledgement.

All recognised companies

National Winners:
The National Winners, four of the top 14 companies representing each investment stage: early stage, scale-up, medium-sized, and large businesses, were announced at the Gala Dinner on 22 November 2023. Discover more about these winners and all companies recognised throughout this year's initiative in our dedicated awards booklet below.

View awards booklet


Latest winners:
London and South East Awards
The London & South East winners were announced at the BVCA's Gala Dinner on 22 November 2023. Discover more about the recognised firms in our dedicated awards booklet below.

View awards booklet


Vision winners throughout 2023:
Scotland Awards
The winner from Scotland was announced at the Scotland Dinner on 1 November 2023. Discover more about the recognised firm in our dedicated awards booklet here.

North West, Midlands & East Awards
The North West, Midlands & East winners were announced at the North England Dinner on 7 September 2023. Discover more about the recognised firms in our dedicated awards booklet here.

Northern Ireland Awards
The Northern Ireland winner was announced at the Northern Ireland Dinner on 29 June 2023. Discover more about the recognised firm in our dedicated awards booklet here.

Yorkshire & North East Awards
The Yorkshire & North East England winners were announced at the Leeds Dinner on 11 May 2023. Discover more about the recognised firms in our dedicated awards booklet here.





Video Placeholder
Recognition themes

Nominees will be asked to provide information regarding the value their investment and hands-on involvement brought in 2022 to the following themes and criteria, where relevant.

Competitiveness (how companies remained competitive):

  • Pricing
  • USP / Unique offering
  • Business model, including flexibility and/or resilience
  • Competitive advantage

Growth (how companies achieved growth):

  • Growth by acquisition
  • International growth
  • Domestic regional growth
  • Follow-on investment
  • Value creation

Innovation & Agility (demonstrable innovation or agility):

  • Product/service diversification
  • Talent pool and succession

ESG (ESG commitment and progress):

  • Carbon reduction / Path to Net Zero
  • Social: people and community
  • Social: diversity and inclusion
  • Impact Investment
  • Governance
Judging panel

The judging panel for Vision 2023.

Chair:

  • Jan Rutherford, Scottish Equity Partners

Judges:

  • Dr. Manjari Chandran-Ramesh, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Rhian Elston, Development Bank of Wales
  • Beth Houghton, Palatine
  • Matt Jacobs, Livingbridge
  • Matt Legg, Bridgepoint
  • Ewan Mackinnon, Maven Capital Partners
  • James Marshall, LDC
  • Mo Merali, Grant Thornton
  • Andrew Priest, Inflexion
Winning companies from 2023

Yorkshire and the North East Winners

The recognised firms:

  • Crisp, a Kroll business (backed by Baird Capital)
  • Cutwel (backed by NorthEdge)
  • iamproperty (backed by LDC)
  • Panintelligence (backed by YFM Equity Partners - marked as ‘One to watch’)

Representatives from each of the winning companies received a trophy at our Yorkshire and North East Dinner in Leeds on 11 May 2023. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated awards booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




Northern Ireland Winner

The recognised firm:

  • Bob & Berts (backed by BGF)

Representatives from the winning company received a trophy at our Northern Ireland Dinner in Belfast on 29 June 2023. You can read more about the recognised business in our dedicated awards booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the company recognised


North West, Midlands & East Winners

The recognised firms:

  • APEM Group (backed by WestBridge)
  • Upperton (backed by Inflexion)
  • Findel (backed by Endless)
  • Precision Micro (backed by LDC)
  • Back 2 Work Group (backed by Palatine - marked as ‘One to watch’)

Representatives from each of the winning companies received a trophy at our North England Dinner in Manchester on 7 September 2023. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated awards booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




Scotland Winner

The recognised firm:

  • Liftango (backed by Maven Capital Partners)

Representatives from the winning company received a trophy at our Scotland Dinner in Edinburgh on 1 November 2023. You can read more about the recognised business in our dedicated awards booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the company recognised




London & South East Winners

The recognised firms:

  • Focus Group (backed by Bowmark Capital)
  • loveholidays (backed by Livingbridge)
  • Matrix (backed by Bridgepoint)
  • Medik8 (backed by Inflexion)
  • Times Higher Education (backed by Inflexion)
  • Bridewell (backed by Growth Capital Partners - Marked as 'One to watch')
  • Kubrick Group (backed by Bowmark Capital - Marked as 'One to watch')

Representatives from each of the winning companies received a trophy at our Gala Dinner in London on 22 November 2023. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated awards booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




National Winners

The recognised firms:

  • Early stage: Liftango (backed by Maven Capital Partners)
  • Scale-up: Crisp, a Kroll Business (Previously backed by Baird Capital)
  • Medium: Times Higher Education (backed by Inflexion)
  • Large: loveholidays (backed by Livingbridge)

Representatives from each of the companies receiving a National Award received a trophy at our Gala Dinner in London on 22 November 2023. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated booklet here, or in our video here.

Read about the National Winners

Winning companies from 2022

Yorkshire and the North East

The recognised firms:

  • Faradion (previously backed by Mercia Asset Management)
  • iamproperty (backed by LDC)
  • Rosemont Pharmaceuticals (backed by Inflexion Private Equity)

Representatives from each of the recognised companies received a trophy at our Yorkshire and North East Dinner in Leeds on 19 May 2022. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




South England & Wales

The recognised firms:

  • Delio (backed by Maven Capital Partners)
  • Health & Her (backed by the Development Bank of Wales)

Representatives from each of the recognised companies received a trophy at our South England & Wales Dinner in Bristol on 30 June 2022. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




Scotland

The recognised firm:

  • BioAscent (backed by Maven Capital Partners)

Representatives from BioAscent received a trophy at our Scotland Dinner in Edinburgh on 3 November 2022. You can read more about the recognised business in our dedicated booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the company recognised




North England

The recognised firms:

  • Veincentre (backed by Palatine)
  • Cloud Technology Solutions (backed by NorthEdge)
  • Reconomy Group (backed by EMK Capital)
  • Sterling Pharma Solutions (backed by GHO Capital)

Representatives from each of the recognised companies received a trophy at our North England Dinner in Manchester on 22 November 2022. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




London & South East

The recognised firms:

  • AgilityEco (backed by Bridges Fund Management)
  • Anthesis (backed by Palatine)
  • Chambers and Partners (backed by Inflexion)
  • K2 Partnering Solutions (backed by Inflexion)
  • Sparta Global (backed by Inflexion)

Representatives from each of the recognised companies received a trophy at our Annual Gala Dinner in London on 1 December 2022. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated booklet here, or in our press release here.

Read about the companies recognised




Special accolades

The recognised firms:

  • Health & Her (backed by Development Bank of Wales)
  • Faradion (Previously backed by Mercia)
  • Chambers and Partners (backed by Inflexion)
  • Sterling Pharma Solutions (backed by GHO Capital)

Representatives from each of the companies receiving a special accolade received a trophy at our Annual Gala Dinner in London on 1 December 2022. You can read more about the recognised businesses in our dedicated booklet here, or in our video here.

Read about the special accolades



Insights from our Judges

Further information

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE BVCA

 +44 (0)20 7492 0400

 membership@bvca.co.uk