The UK Private Business Awards are now in
their eighth year, having been held every year since 2011.
The Awards are positioned to recognise success and achievement within the vast number of private businesses in the UK. Being presented to the UK’s most successful private companies, entrepreneurs and management teams, the Awards are often referred to as “the Diamonds”.
Each year sees the attendance of over 450 entrepreneurs, CEOs, FDs, COOs and management teams from a diverse range of industries, along with their corporate advisers.
Sponsored by PwC, this year’s event will be held once again at The Brewery, London EC1 on Thursday 13 September 2018. Providing excellent networking opportunities for anyone involved in this sector, it really is an event not to
Nominations open | Mon. 5 February ’18
Nominations close | Fri. 23 March ’18
Submission form deadline | Weds. 2 May ’18
Voting Panel meeting | Mon. 4 June ’18
Shortlist published on website | Weds. 6 June ’18
UK Private Business Awards | Thurs. 13 September ’18
The awards cover the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.
International Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by UBS Switzerland AG, Wealth Management
Private Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by PwC
Who is eligible?
All privately owned businesses are eligible for the awards, as defined below.
- All privately owned businesses.
- The business must be UK headquartered and have some UK‑based operations.
- For one category, Private Business of the Year, the business must be at least 51% owned by private individual shareholders or trusts.
- Its shares must not be publicly traded but it could have received Private Equity or Venture Capital funding; however, no one individual institutional investor can have control.
- A private business may have Private Equity or Venture Capital investors but no one individual institutional investor can have control.
- The awards cover the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017.
The Voting Panel will meet on Monday 4 June 2018 to deliberate on this year’s nominations and arrive at a final shortlist.
The credentials of members of the 2018 Voting Panel will be announced here in due course.
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“I’m Brian Henderson and I’m delighted to be the PwC partner sponsor for the UK Private Business Awards, which is now in
its eighth year and continues to celebrate this critical part of our UK Economy.
While PwC is probably better known for working with the world’s largest companies, there’s another part of our firm that’s just as important to us and even more important to our clients. More than 25% of our business comes from advising privately owned companies, their owners and their families, so it is a critical part of our work that we are passionate about.
Over the last six years of the awards, I have had the pleasure and privilege of meeting many of the nominees, short listed companies
and winners and I am still blown away by the passion, dynamism
and stories behind the entrepreneurs and companies I have met.
From start-ups to iconic global companies and from social enterprises to family businesses, the talent, innovation and hunger to succeed amongst the UK’s private business community is unrivalled. PwC’s Private Business team continues to be well placed to support you and the market as a whole with our breadth of experience and our expertise in the sector.”
BGF is the most active and influential investor in small and mid-sized businesses in the UK and Ireland. An established and independent company, it has £2.5bn to support a range of growing companies – early stage, growth stage and quoted – across every region and
sector of the economy.
BGF makes long-term equity capital investments in return for a minority stake in the companies it backs. Initial investments are typically between £2m–£10m and BGF can provide significant follow-on funding. BGF is a minority, non-controlling equity partner with a patient outlook, based on shared long-term goals with the management teams it backs. With a 150+ strong team, BGF offers an unparalleled international network of business leaders, sector experts and Board-level non-executives and provides in-house support with Chair and senior executive selection and appointments.
BGF offers flexible investment structures with a mix of equity and unsecured debt. BGF can provide equity release for existing shareholders, and funding to support acquisitive and organic
As one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups, we offer a distinct perspective that makes a meaningful difference to our clients’ business and wealth.
We provide independent advice on M&A, strategy and financing, as well as investment and wealth management solutions to large institutions, families, individuals and governments worldwide.
As a family-controlled business we have always been driven by the Rothschild family motto “Concordia, Integritas, Industria” (“Harmony, Integrity, Industry”). These values remain at the heart of our guiding principles on how we do business to this day.
To find out more, please visit our website:
At City law firm Fox Williams, we advise businesses at every stage of their lifecycle, whether on funding growth, strategic transactions or governance – or on the exit that will realise their value.
We understand the pressures on owners, funders and investors and we support and advise our clients throughout, delivering the full complement of legal services required.
Clients instruct us first and foremost for our City quality, experience and expertise. Through the client service, industry knowledge, commercial approach and value for money that we provide, we seek to become our clients’ trusted business advisers.
“The team is service-oriented, motivated and highly commercial.”
The Legal 500
“They did an excellent job and were very proactive, helping not only in the legal process but also in the commercial aspects and negotiations. They added a lot of value…” Chambers UK
To find out more, please visit our website:
Shared Interest is an ethical investment organisation. We act
co-operatively, which means we are owned by our UK investors, who want to be part of a fairer world. We use their collective investment of £39m to provide finance to fair trade farmers and handcraft makers across the globe. Our loans and credit facilities ensure that farmers are paid on time for their crops.
Our finance helps handcraft organisations to buy raw materials, and enables co-operatives to pre-finance orders from their overseas buyers. From a head office based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and with the support of in-country colleagues, Shared Interest reaches almost 400 organisations in over 59 countries. Our finance supports Fairtrade products such as coffee, fresh fruit, nuts and cocoa, as well as handcrafts such as woven baskets and furniture.
Our work is not just about providing finance on fair terms. The fair trade organisations we finance say that, thanks to our supporters, they have helped transform their communities.
“Thanks to Shared Interest, we can work together to create livelihoods and make dreams a reality all over the world.”
Chino Henriquez, General Manager, Apicoop, Chile.
Corbett Keeling specialises in advising entrepreneurs, business owners and management teams on all aspects of corporate finance, including raising capital, building value through M&A and selling their businesses.
We focus on realising and maximising the value of equity in businesses, with the optimum buyer and with the highest certainty of completion, and we combine this with an extremely smooth process.
Our sector expertise and highly tailored approach – combined with our access to strategic, financial and overseas purchasers – have seen us become the go-to corporate finance adviser for the lower mid-market.
A Corbett Keeling client receives more personal and senior attention, and is delivered an outstanding outcome.
UBS provides financial advice and solutions to wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. The operational structure of the Group is comprised of our Corporate Center and five business divisions: Wealth Management, Wealth Management Americas, Personal & Corporate Banking, Asset Management and the Investment Bank. UBS’ strategy builds on the strengths of all of its businesses and focuses its efforts on areas in which it excels, while seeking to capitalise on the compelling growth prospects in the businesses and regions in which it operates, in order to generate attractive and sustainable returns for its shareholders. All of its businesses are capital efficient and benefit from a strong competitive position in their targeted markets.
Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, UBS has offices in 54 countries, including all major financial centres, and employs approximately 60,000 people. UBS Group AG is the holding company of the UBS Group. Under Swiss company law, UBS Group AG is organised as an Aktiengesellschaft, a corporation that has issued shares of common stock to investors.
UBS Wealth Management provides comprehensive advice and financial services to wealthy private clients around the world, with the exception of those served by Wealth Management Americas. UBS is a global firm with global capabilities, and its clients benefit from a full spectrum of resources, including wealth planning, investment management solutions, corporate finance advice, and banking and lending solutions, as well as a wide range of specific offerings. UBS Wealth Management’s guided architecture model gives clients access to a wide range of products from the world’s leading third-party institutions that complements its own products.
Based in London with offices in New York, Mishcon de Reya services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work we undertake is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex.
Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working. We like to solve problems quickly. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests, recognising the significant nexus between business affairs and personal affairs and the ways in which this affects our clients.
We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted adviser. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say “It’s business. But it’s personal”.
Zeus Capital is an independent investment banking boutique, providing the highest quality advice to clients across a range of sectors and transactions. We are proud in our ability to navigate privately owned businesses through their exit strategies.
Our expertise enables us to guide companies through the often complex process of making acquisitions, selling a business, management buy-outs/ins and IPOs.
Since 2013, Zeus Capital has been ranked number one by IPO funds raised on AIM. Over £4bn has been raised by Zeus Capital as Sole or Joint broker and/or book-runner over the last four years.
Our track record can be found here:
Since being founded in 2011 Family Business United (FBU) has become an award-winning magazine, resource centre and events organisation championing the contribution that family businesses make to the global economy. FBU is an innovative community with family businesses at the heart of all that we do – irrespective of their size, age or sector – and was formed out of our passion for the family business sector and the leadership of Paul Andrews, who has over 20 years’ experience of working with, and in, various family firms and advisory organisations with family business clients.
Unlike other organisations, FBU is a resource for family businesses of all sizes and sectors, and their advisers, helping to raise the profile of the contribution that family businesses make to dispel the myths surrounding the sector, and sharing insights, research and tools to help family firms deal with the unique issues they face. FBU is a non-advisory organisation and as such works with professional advisers and academic institutions around the world to source content and share articles, insights and events to enhance the knowledge available to the family business community.
As a collaborative multimedia outlet we work to share materials that matter and that can make a difference and help family business owners realise that they are not alone and that they can learn from the experiences of others. We are one of the most active family business community participants in social media activities globally with regards to family business and continue to break new ground with innovative ways to champion the family business sector.
Our network continues to grow and open up more opportunities to fly the flag for the family business sector here in the UK, dispel the myths around family firms and raise the profile of the vital contribution they make to the UK economy and beyond.
Ways to be involved
There are numerous ways of being involved with the UK Private Business Awards, including:
Hosting a table
Reservations will be available for tables of ten people. Numbers are strictly limited and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.
Advertising in the brochure is welcomed and enables your key messages to reach a highly targeted audience. The event brochure is available on the night and contains details of all the nominees, the programme for the night, the running order and the menu. Uniquely, it also contains the names of all attendees, in alphabetical and table order. Thus it is widely used as a corporate finance reference guide for up to a year after the event.
Sponsorship opportunities sometimes become available, including sponsorship of an individual award, sponsorship of the official drinks reception or sponsorship of the menu. Sponsorship opportunities are, by their very nature, limited. Costs and availability on request.
If you have any queries, please contact the event organiser, Jo Thomas, at Ford Sinclair Ltd on 01277 350 557 or by email:
Period under review
The awards cover the period from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.
Nominations open on Monday 5 February 2018
Nominations close on Friday 23 March 2018
Online submission forms must be completed by Wednesday 2 May 2018
If you wish to be added to our mailing list for notifications, please sign up for email alerts here.
Is there a fee to enter the awards? ▼
There are no costs to enter the UK Private Business Awards.
Do the companies have to be UK headquartered? ▼
Please see information on eligibility here.
What does the nominations process involve? ▼
Nominations will open on Monday 5th February 2018.
You will then be able to make one or several nominations by following the online instructions.
Once your nomination(s) have been submitted, the nominator should receive an email confirmation and the nominee(s) should also then receive an email outlining the next steps.
Nominees will be sent an email for all nominated categories with a link to an online detailed submission form. Please fill out the form as directed by Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
If you require any assistance with the submission, please email Emma Hamblett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details supplied in your submission, along with other publicly available information such as your company accounts, will be assessed as part of the judging process. The Voting Panel will meet on Monday 4th June 2018 and the final shortlist will be announced on this website on Wednesday 6th June 2018.
If I require further information on the nominations process, who should I contact? ▼
If you have any queries regarding the nominations process, or any queries about submission form questions, please contact the UK Private Business Awards Team email@example.com, alternatively call Emma Hamblett on
020 7212 3609.
When are the winners due to be announced? ▼
The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Thursday 13th September 2018 at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD.
Who can I contact with regards to the UK Private Business Awards dinner? ▼
For further information on sponsorship, purchasing a table at the event or any other queries regarding the dinner, please contact Jo Thomas on 01277 350557.
September 13, 2018
The Brewery, Chiswell street, London EC1
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