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AIM Awards is delighted to announce it raised a grand total of £65,278 for the supported charities, WellChild and BCCS. This is the most money that has ever been raised at AIM Awards and is a fantastic achievement that will change children's lives forever. We would like to thank all the attendees for their very generous donations.
The AIM Awards look at how companies and individuals harness AIM to power their growth and fulfill their strategy.
AIM is one of the most important platforms to help smaller and growing companies raise the capital they need for expansion. The AIM Awards scrutinise recent joiners, more established companies as well as the advisers and commentators to identify the stars of the last twelve months across eleven categories.
The Awards cover the period 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013.
Sponsored by | Octopus Investments
The winner of the Best Communication Award will possess much more than a well-produced set of accounts. The winning company will have demonstrated that it is able to communicate effectively with all levels of shareholders and potential shareholders, being consistent in its approach and presentations and maintaining regular contact with its shareholders.
Sponsored by | RBC Capital Markets
This is a factual award. In addition to share price performance, adjustment is made in view of restricted liquidity. Thus the winner must have at least 25% of its issued share capital in public hands. For the purposes of this award, "public" is defined as not connected with 5% shareholders, the Directors, family or others acting in concert. In addition, cash shells are excluded, as are those companies that have undergone significant financial engineering.
Sponsored by | Winterflood Securities Limited
The winner of this award will be a company that regards its arrival on AIM as the beginning of a journey rather than a destination in itself. The winning company will probably have raised money initially from a wide spread of institutional and private investors and may well have undertaken further fund raisings to accelerate its growth.
Sponsored by | Sanlam Securities UK Limited
The winner of this award will be a company which reflects the innovation and entrepreneurial skills that are the cornerstone of the AIM culture. The technology concerned does not have to have been proven. Obviously this is, potentially, a high risk award, given the innovative nature of the subject matter, and the Voting Panel will be aware of, and make allowances for, this fact.
Sponsored by | Meridian Equity Partners
The winner of this award will be a company that has been transformed by a single financial or commercial transaction during the period under review. This is necessarily a wide ranging award, given to recognise a significant achievement by a company in transforming itself, literally at a stroke, and thereby creating significant shareholder value.
Sponsored by | Canaccord Genuity
The winner of this award could be an individual, a team or a department, a publication, a columnist or a contributor who has, quite simply, brought AIM to life. Providing the oxygen and creating interest in a market of 1,100 diverse small and medium sized companies will be the analysts, brokers, journalists and contributors who provide detailed investment commentary; the winner of this award will be recognisable for his or her contribution in increasing the profile of AIM.
Sponsored by | Westhouse Securities
AIM is a market that has a significant international focus. AIM's constituents include companies from many countries around the world. To reflect this international participation, the International Company of the Year Award is given to reward all round excellence in AIM companies whose operations and headquarters are internationally based. The Voting Panel will refine the nominations received to ensure that the shortlist contains companies that are incorporated overseas as opposed to simply registered overseas.
Sponsored by | finnCap
The winner of this award would quite simply be a strong contender for Company of the Year were it not due to the lack of a public company track record. Arriving on AIM between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013, the winner will already have caught the imagination of investors.
Sponsored by | PwC
AIM is a market tailor-made for entrepreneurs and therefore voters should be spoilt for choice. The winner of this award will be an entrepreneur who has demonstrated the vision, flair, drive and business acumen to take his or her business forward, via an AIM listing, at a pace impossible without access to Stock Exchange funding. The winner will also have recognised that behind every successful entrepreneur is an established management team that will help him or her deal with the demands of public company life.
Sponsored by | WH Ireland
The ultimate accolade for any AIM company is the Company of the Year Award. The Company of the Year will have demonstrated to its new shareholders that it is a responsible, fully accountable, dynamic business with strong growth prospects and a commitment to AIM. The Company of the Year's growth potential will be excellent, but these prospects will not necessarily have manifested themselves in results announced to date. Above all, the winner will be a serious, well managed business, having attracted public funding to enhance and develop its growth potential to the full.