On behalf the MSM Media Group I am delighted to launch the 2014 UK Stock Market Awards in association with KPMG, the fourth such annual event. Once again the awards will celebrate all that is great about publicly listed British companies and the equity market within which they operate.
The event will also seek to answer the biggest question of all - who is truly creating shareholder value? The winners in each Super Sector category, and also those sections which highlight individual executive and deal-making achievement, will be judged on their ability to allocate capital in the most effective manner possible. They will be assessed for how well they balance risk with reward to generate the earnings or dividend growth that in turn yield the optimal total shareholder return.
Industry professionals and retail investors alike can vote in the initial nomination process. Voting opens 24 October, and will run until Friday 13 December and I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to make your voice heard.
As before, the categories will cover the FTSE Super Sectors and a range of other areas of corporate and individual activity.
The nominations, five per category, will then be whittled down to the winners by our panel of industry experts at a special lunch early next year. The awards will be hosted on Thursday 27 March 2014 in London's Mayfair within the Ballroom of the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel.
I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support of this fourth annual event and look forward to seeing which firms and individuals receive one of the coveted nominations. All will be revealed in our first issue of 2014, due out on 09 January.
Russ Mould, Editor, Shares Magazine