The Imbiba Partnership‘s Darwin & Wallace has been shortlisted for Growth Champion of the Year at the 2016 Growth Investor Awards, which recognise impact beyond investment in the UK SME investment management industry. Managed by Mel Marriott, Darwin & Wallace has the vision of “a village pub for the 21st century”: welcoming to both sexes and all ages; the heart of the community – business and residential; welcoming visitors and locals to the area with a fresh, inspiring experience.

Darwin & Wallace is one of 8 finalists from a long list of top performing SMEs. Each shortlisted company was profiled before eight finalists were selected on the 8 August after the final judging stage. The winner of this award, sponsored by Smith & Williamson, will be determined by a dedicated judging panel in combination with a public vote. A public voting campaign will be based on video interviews with senior representatives of each finalist company. Check out Mel’s video interview below:

Voting is now open and will close 3 October, ahead of all winners being revealed at the Growth Investor Awards black tie dinner on 3 November at the Marriott Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London. You can vote for Mel and Darwin & Wallace here

The awards programme is guided by an Advisory Board including angel investor and entrepreneur Sherry Coutu CBE, Co-founder of the Scale Up Institute; Luke Johnson, Chairman of Risk Capital Partners; Claire Cockerton, Founder and Ambassador of Innovate Finance; Tim Hames, Director General of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA); Emma Jones MBE, CEO of Enterprise Nation; Simon Devonshire OBE, Entrepreneur in Residence at BIS; and Michael Hayman MBE, Co-founder of Seven Hills.

Commenting on the new Growth Champion of the Year award, which recognises scale up businesses that have best optimised growth capital, Simon Devonshire OBE said: Britain has more engaged investors and a more active eco-system than anywhere else in Europe and Growth Champions bring this story to life. Its important to show how growth capital is being used to scale and transform the countrys economic landscape.




The Awards are organised by Intelligent Partnership (IP), the UK’s leading provider of research and education in alternative investments, and supported by partners including the BVCA, EISA, UKCFA, Centre for Entrepreneurs, The Entrepreneur Network and The Supper Club.

Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director of Intelligent Partnership, which organises the Growth Investor Awards, commented: The finalists of our new Growth Champion of the Year award are among the UKs best performing scale up SMEs – and their story of growth capital at work really brings the Growth Investor Awards campaign to life.

The 2016 campaign for the Growth Investor Awards is supported by a family of sponsors including Smith & Williamson, Bovill, Bates Wells Braithwaite, LGBR Capital, Mainspring, RAM Capital Partners, MICAP, and RW Blears.

Winners will be revealed at the Growth Investor Awards black tie dinner held on the evening of Thursday 3 November at the Marriott Grosvenor Square in Mayfair, London. For information on how to attend, a full list of finalists, and to place your vote, visit:

About Intelligent Partnership

As the UK’s leading curator of education and insights on alternative investments, Intelligent Partnership increases awareness and engagement amongst intermediaries, providing them with the tools and information to speak knowledgeably with their clients about a broader range of investment options. Insights are delivered year-round through a programme of content that includes award-winning digital and printed reports, video content, and live events – which are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment (CISI) and Personal Finance Society (PFS). This content is aimed at its 6,000+ subscriber community of advisers, wealth managers and financial services professionals who are all interested or active in alternative investments.

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Growth Investor Awards 2016 Categories

  1. Industry Champion
  2. Exit of the Year
  3. Most Impactful Investment
  4. Industry Game Changer
  5. Best Investment Platform
  6. Financial Adviser of the Year
  7. Wealth Manager of the Year
  8. Best SEIS Investment Manager
  9. Best EIS Investment Manager
  10. Best BPR Investment Manager
  11. Best VCT Investment Manager
  12. Best AIM Investment Manager
  13. Growth Champion of the Year
  14. Growth Investor of the Year

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