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Vision 2024

Leaders Driving Growth

Vision 2024 celebrates the best teams of 2023 backed by private equity and venture capital, awarding portfolio companies and their investors.

These annual awards take 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. In addition to the portfolio companies, Vision 2024 will also see GPs receive an award to recognise the incredible support our members provide to their investee companies.

Vision 2024 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.

Supported by our headline sponsor Grant Thornton and supporting sponsor Santander, our initiative applauds the extraordinary companies that show vision, and the lasting value that the investment and support of their investors brought in 2023.

Submit your nomination

Award process

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 awarded for its work across all four of the 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.

Companies recognised with awards will be announced at the BVCA’s National Dinners and Main Summit Conference, with the final national list announced at the Gala Dinner in December 2024. This list will consist of 15 companies, including four receiving a national award.

Management teams will have the opportunity to share their work and recognition with supporting marketing assets provided by the BVCA.

Awards will be received by companies at different investment stages: early-stage, scale-up, medium and large.

The period judged is the 2023 calendar year and we are looking for the impact of investment and hands-on involvement coming to fruition. Investment is therefore very likely to have been received in the years prior to 2023.

Submission deadlines
  • 26 April 2024: Midlands & East
  • 03 May 2024: North West, North East
  • 10 May 2024: Northern Ireland
  • 28 June 2024: Wales & South West, London & South East
  • 06 September 2024: Scotland
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Typl, Senior Manager, Industry Development, Membership on dtypl@bvca.co.uk.

All recognised companies in 2023:
In total, fourteen extraordinary companies were recognised in 2023. The National Winners, four of these 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 2023's initiative in our dedicated awards booklet below.

View awards booklet



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Your submission

Vision 2024 is supported by Grant Thornton and Santander. The BVCA will invite selected nominees to interview with Grant Thornton and Santander, who will then compile information for the judging process. When making your nomination please therefore be prepared to introduce Grant Thornton and Santander to the investee company at a later stage.

The period judged is calendar year 2023 and we are looking for the impact of investment and hands-on involvement coming to fruition. Investment is therefore very likely to have been received in the years prior to 2023.

Awards will be announced at the following BVCA events:

  • Midlands Dinner (Birmingham) 19 June 2024
  • Northern Ireland Dinner (Belfast) 27 June 2024
  • North England Dinner (Manchester) 4 July 2024
  • Summit Main Conference (London) 12 September 2024
  • Scotland Dinner (Edinburgh) 13 November 2024
  • Gala Dinner (London) TBC December 2024

Submission deadlines:

  • 26 April 2024: Midlands & East
    Presented at our Midland Dinner in Birmingham on 19 June 2024.
  • 03 May 2024: North West, North East
    Presented at our North England Dinner in Manchester on 4 July 2024.
  • 10 May 2024: Northern Ireland
    Presented at our Northern Ireland Dinner in Belfast on 27 June 2024.
  • 28 June 2024: Wales & South West, London & South East
    Presented at the Main Summit Conference in London on 12 September 2024.
  • 06 September 2024: Scotland
    Presented at our Scotland Dinner in London on 13 November 2024.

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Typl, Senior Manager, Industry Deveopment, Membership on dtypl@bvca.co.uk.


Submit your nomination
 
Recognition themes

Nominees will be asked to provide information regarding the value their investment and hands-on involvement brought in 2023 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

Submit your nomination
 
Judging panel

The judging panel for Vision 2024 comprises of:

Chair

  • Jan Rutherford, Partner, Scottish Equity Partners

Judges

  • Rhian Elston, Wales Investment Director, Development Bank of Wales
  • Beth Houghton, Impact Managing Partner, Palatine
  • Matthew Jacobs, Partner, Livingbridge
  • Matt Legg, Partner, Bridgepoint
  • Sean Longsdale, Managing Director, Structured Finance, Santander
  • Ewan MacKinnon, Partner, Maven Capital Partners
  • James Marshall, Investment Director, LDC
  • Mo Mereli, Partner, Head of Deals & Business Consulting, Grant Thornton
  • Andrew Priest, Partner, 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



Past insights from our judges

Further information

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT THE BVCA

 +44 (0)20 7492 0400

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