AIM Company of the Year (sponsored by PrimaryBid)
We want to recognise excellence on the junior market. The category will seek to highlight the best quality companies on AIM, based on their financial, operational and strategic performance over the past year.
Main Market Company of the Year (sponsored by KPMG)
Similar to the AIM category, this award will highlight top quality firms on London's Main Market that have delivered a superior performance. That might include strong returns for shareholders, overcoming major operational or financial hurdles or growing earnings ahead of expectations.
M&A Transaction of the Year (sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs)
This category will assess which firm truly transformed its prospects in 2016, via the successful execution of a key acquisition, merger or disposal. The move will be seen as a step towards the creation of shareholder value by correctly providing premium returns which compensated shareholders for the risks involved.
Fundraising of the Year (sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs)
This category will assess which firm truly transformed its prospects in 2016.
IPO of the Year (sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs)
This category will be open to those companies that have become publicly owned in 2016. They will have already demonstrated growth and as well as an abundance of management acumen.
Best Performing Share (not voted for) (sponsored by PrimaryBid)
This is a factual award based on published data. To be eligible, companies must be quoted on the Main Market. The qualifying period for this award is from 1 December 2015 to 30 November 2016.
Growth Company of the Year (sponsored by Progressive Equity Research)
The winning company of this award category will have shown and achieved exceptional growth in turnover and profitability for at least the previous two years. This growth will have been achieved through market disruption, and clear and concise innovation in product and/or service. It will have been backed up by a highly sustainable growth strategy which will have been implemented by a quality management team.
Best Customer Focus (sponsored by AJ Bell)
This award celebrates those organisations demonstrating the link between customer service and profit, the award recognises those constantly striving to exceed customer expectations, industry leading standards of service, and innovation around customer experience.
Innovation of the Year (sponsored by NEX Exchange)
This award recognises those companies that have achieved success through bringing an innovative and disruptive approach to their marketplace. Sales, profit and a growth in the share price will also be taken into account.
Investor Relations Team of the Year (sponsored by Shares)
This category recognises those companies which have most effectively disseminated information to existing and potential shareholders across the full range of media - official RNS releases, annual report, webcasts, corporate website, public relations - regarding all aspects of their financial performance, strategy and market positioning.
CEO of the Year (sponsored by Redleaf Communications)
This category will recognise the individuals culpable for the delivery of strong fiscal results, the highest level of financial controls and corporate governance and expert communication with the market but also the successful development and implementation of a company's strategy. All of these factors should have resulted in healthy share price increases and likely outperformance of both the peer sector and the FTSE All-Share.
FD of the Year (sponsored by Redleaf Communications)
This category will recognise the key financial members charged with the delivery of strong fiscal results and the highest level of financial controls and corporate governance. Considerations will also be taking into account of successful execution of any restructuring programme, financial restructuring, fund raising or transaction carried out by the company in question. All of these factors should have resulted in healthy share price increases and likely outperformance of both the peer sector and the FTSE All-Share.
Entrepreneur of the Year (not voted for) (sponsored by KPMG)
This new category will recognise highly respected individuals that have demonstrated a continued leadership of their businesses. While the management structure around them will have expanded and grown to the demands of running a publicly listed company, the energy and spirit which helped them succeed in the early days will still be evident.
Financial PR Team of the Year (sponsored by Shares)
This category recognises the agencies that advise listed companies on how to release and manage news flow and put across their investment case in the most effective manner. The current economic situation requires a more creative approach to Financial PR and therefore the winner in this section is therefore likely to be chosen not just for their skills in garnering coverage of their clients by financial analysts, local or national journalists, as well as digital and broadcast media, but also for how their clients are portrayed when they deliver both good and bad news.
Corporate Sponsor of the Year (sponsored by Shares)
Every firm on Aim has a Nominated Adviser (NOMAD) to supervise and advise on their initial public offering and subsequent corporate governance and development of that company's relationship with shareholders and the market, while Main Market stocks usually deploy a broker to provide the same service. The best corporate sponsors should therefore be able to bask in the glory that reflects upon them from the performance of their clients' shares, as this is verdict given by the market on their performance as a provider of both advice to their client management teams and guidance to ensure companies apply governance best practice.