Five of the best businesses in the Midlands were named tonight as the UK trade body for private equity and venture capital funds presented the Management Team Awards 2018 in Birmingham.
Every year for almost a decade, the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) scours the country for the best businesses backed by private equity and venture capital. The BVCA Management Team Awards, produced in association with Grant Thornton, are our way of giving these enterprises the recognition and platform they deserve for their outstanding performance over the last year.
Full details, including judging criteria and past champions, can be found here.
The award winners will pick up their prizes tonight as part of the BVCA’s annual Midlands Dinner at Birmingham Town Hall. All of them will now forward into the national final to compete against our other regions, before the UK winners are announced at the BVCA Gala Dinner on 29 November in London.
Backed by Palatine Private Equity
The Westleigh management team achieved an amazing result with support from Palatine Private Equity in just two years in a sector that has previously not received much attention from private equity. The judges also commented on Westleigh’s great culture, including promoting people within the business.
Backed by Stirling Square Capital Partners
The management team’s execution of a clear growth and acquisition plan in a challenging environment made Mettis worthy winners of this award. The judges praised CEO Gordon Fraser for his vision and the culture that he and the management team have developed.
Backed by LDC
The judges were impressed by the passion of BlueBay’s founder-owners and their approach to working with private equity as a partner. In a challenging market for the travel industry they have had great online growth and developed fantastic partnerships.
Backed by Mercia Technologies
A business which has found a real market niche, connecting publishers and resellers in the gaming industry via a cloud-based platform, it has achieved great things since its found just three years ago, working with more than 50 partners.
Backed by Endless
The judges praised the management team’s fantastic transformation of the business, in partnership with Endless, both online and with the rollout of stores, and the shift in market perception to being a retailer of quality products.
Tom Allchorne, Director, Communications, BVCA
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