About the Awards
Each year the AIM ‘club’ gathers to celebrate outstanding achievement on the world’s most successful growth market.
Sponsored by BDO in association with the London Stock Exchange, the Awards identify the quoted companies and entrepreneurs who have harnessed AIM to help them fulfil their ambition and growth potential in the last twelve months. With ESG having an ever-increasing importance, we have widened the criteria for each category to give full emphasis to ESG considerations – covering well known environmental issues, along with social issues and governance matters. Due regard will be given to alignment with current ESG Best Practice and any demonstrable ESG policies that have directly impacted decision making.
Celebrating 29 years, the AIM Awards Dinner attracts over 1,000 guests including Senior Directors from AIM quoted companies and their advisers – ranging from NOMADS and brokers to accountants, lawyers, investor relations and financial PR professionals, the media and analysts – making it the largest AIM gathering – and, indeed, one of the annual highlights – in the City calendar.
Each year the AIM Awards Dinner is a sell-out event and over the years it has developed its own distinctive atmosphere – ‘professional but fun’. In recent years, the event has made its home right in the heart of the City, at Old Billingsgate – a striking landmark venue situated on the banks of the River Thames, just moments from Tower Bridge.
BDO is proud to provide accounting and business advisory services to over 251 AIM-quoted companies. The businesses that we work with are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially spirited and high-growth organisations that fuel the economy. We help those businesses to succeed by offering honest, practical advice that is relevant to their business and this market.
Moreover, BDO LLP is a key member of the BDO global network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms. The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 164 countries, with 95,400 people working out of 1,710 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $11.8bn. Being a member of the BDO global network allows us to meet the needs of clients who are growing and trading internationally.
Over 28 years on from its launch, AIM remains the largest and most vibrant growth market in Europe.
£1bn of equity has been raised on AIM so far this year, representing over a third of all equity capital raised across Europe’s growth markets, highlighting the strength and resilience of the global growth companies and investors that AIM supports.
AIM companies have raised a combined £134bn, through over 4,000 offerings, since AIM was launched in 1995, including £86bn through further capital raisings by existing AIM companies, funding their ongoing expansion and development and demonstrating the long term access to capital AIM provides. The unique global community of advisers and investors who help companies join AIM and support them once on market remains as ever, integral to its ongoing success and bringing this community together at the AIM Awards is a reminder of the breadth and vibrancy of the AIM community.
We remain committed to ensuring that our companies have access to the capital they need to grow, and to ensuring that companies can start, scale and stay in the UK throughout their growth journey. We are confident the ambitious program of regulatory reform taking place in the UK provides a real opportunity for change and will put the UK’s capital markets in a strong position to fund growth companies for future decades.
AIM continues to be a critical link in the funding continuum and we look forward to working with the AIM community to explore the opportunities to further develop the AIM Market and ensure its continued success as the globally recognised growth market of the future.
Houston is a leading communications consultancy serving listed companies, corporates and consumer brands. Houston was born out of passion and unswerving belief in the power of integrated communications. In a fast-changing world where audiences are continually bombarded by news and content from numerous platforms, influences and sources, the impact of an integrated approach to optimise the communication of consistent message, conveying a brand or business to its stakeholders, has never been more powerful.
We work with our clients to generate people powered impact. We listen to their challenges, design communications campaigns that engage multi audiences and achieve real, measurable impact. All this delivered by a passionate, highly connected team who pride themselves on strong client service and flawless execution.
Winterflood Securities is a leader in the UK Equity market, committed to providing liquidity and flexible execution services to institutional investors, retail brokers, investment banks, and asset managers. Winterflood combines traditional trading values with the performance of our own cutting-edge technology.
Winterflood Securities has been fully committed to the AIM market since AIM’s conception in 1995, when only ten companies were quoted. There are now over 800 companies quoted on the world’s leading growth market and we cover nearly all of these stocks.
Winterflood Securities is once again delighted to sponsor the Best Use of AIM Award and would like to congratulate all of tonight’s award winners & nominees. We hope that their success will continue to promote the vital role that AIM plays in the provision of capital for small, young, and fast-growing companies.
Cavendish is a UK champion for ambitious growth and investment companies. The Group is trusted by public and private companies, operating across industry sectors, to deliver expert services in equity capital markets, M&A, debt advisory and growth capital.
Cavendish has offices in London and Edinburgh and has a global reach through its membership of Oaklins.
Cavendish completed 78 transactions including 6 IPOs in 2022 and raised over £3.65 in 2022.
Cavendish are delighted to sponsor the Best Technology Award.
Addidat is a leading provider of ESG advisory services for the London Stock Exchange AIM market, using its proprietary dataset which covers all industry sectors and companies listed on AIM. Addidat enables ESG strategy setting and review through data-driven insights. Addidat’s data and analysis delivers actionable findings, laying the foundations for successful ESG strategies and providing confidence that investment is being targeted in the areas that matter most to investors, clients, employees and regulators.
Addidat’s researchers undertake a highly structured approach to gathering and validating ESG data from all AIM listed companies, which provides unique clarity and detailed analysis on current ESG positioning. Addidat's analysis is undertaken at an index, industry sector, competitor group and whole AIM market level. Addidat provides data-driven insights on key metrics across the full ESG landscape, which is combined with materiality, market trend and regulatory insights to provide practical recommendations for AIM Boards and Executive leadership teams on where best to target ESG investment.
Addidat is delighted to sponsor the Diversity Champion award. Addidat works closely with AIM listed clients to support the development of their own DE&I strategies, typically within their larger overall ESG investment programmes.
HSBC Innovation Banking provides commercial banking services, expertise and insights to the technology, life science and healthcare, private equity and venture capital industries. HSBC Innovation Banking is a subsidiary of HSBC Group, benefiting from its stability, strong credit rating and international reach to help fuel its growth.
ONE Advisory is proud to provide its corporate services to more than 100 AIM and main market clients.
ONE Advisory provides day-to-day Co-Sec, Corporate Governance and Compliance services to its clients as well as being AIM’s adviser of choice in delivering IFRS conversions, FPPP drafting and IPO project management services.
ONE Advisory has broad and deep relationships with the AIM capital markets community built over more than 20 years and is owned and staffed by ex Nomads, corporate lawyers, reporting accountants and company secretaries.
ONE Advisory is once again delighted to be the sponsor of the AIM Corporate Governance Award.
Whether scaling operations, expanding into new markets, or pursuing a strategic acquisition, BGF can provide cornerstone investments to reduce fundraising and execution risk. BGF’s Quoted team has invested over £500m across nearly 100 listed companies to date. Investments span every region and sector of the economy within the smallcap space.
BGF typically invests between £2m and £20m in the companies it backs but can provide follow-on funding beyond this to support growth. With a balance sheet of £2.5bn, BGF is the most active and influential investor in small and mid-sized businesses in the UK and Ireland.
Whether scaling operations, expanding into new markets or pursuing a strategic acquisition, BGF can offer cornerstone investments to reduce fundraising and execution risk. BGF’s Quoted team has invested £200m across 45 AIM-listed companies to date. Investments span every region and sector of the economy.
BGF typically invests between £1m and £10m in the companies it backs and can provide follow-on funding to support further growth. With a balance sheet of £2.5bn, BGF is the most active and influential investor in small and mid-sized businesses in the UK and Ireland
Edison Group is a leading investor relations business, operating across all major capital markets.
We help create optimal valuations for client stocks, deploying our award-winning combination of intelligent strategic advice, equity research, investor marketing and direct investor engagement. At scale and across the globe.
Octopus Investments, part of the Octopus Group, is an investment company investing in the people, ideas and industries that will change the world. We manage investments for retail and institutional investors, investing the £12.9* billion they have entrusted to us into the areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact.
Our retail investors and the financial advisers that support them, have many different goals, from supporting their families to lead better lives and effectively passing down wealth to protecting their money and directing it to places that need it. We provide a range of products that help them to achieve these aims, including Venture Capital Trusts, Enterprise Investment Schemes, Business Relief-qualifying investments, and listed UK small and medium-sized company funds.
We support our institutional investors to meet their investment mandates on behalf of their end investors, across five specialist asset classes: renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure, real estate, healthcare, and venture capital.
WH Ireland Capital Markets ranked No. 3 by total number of clients the firm acts as broker for on AIM. The business provides financial advisory and corporate broking services to public and private growth companies. Our expertise covers the full range of solutions, including private capital raising, pre-IPO funding, IPOs, public equity placements, public takeovers and M&A advice. We have built a diverse network of public and private investors, encompassing everything from large institutions to high-net-worth individuals and family offices through the WH Ireland Investor Forum. To date we have helped multiple growth companies fulfil their ambitions and today the team is engaged by around 100 public and private growth companies to support their capital raising strategies.
* Source: AIM Adviser Ranking Guide 2023 Q3 July
At Design Portfolio, we help forward-thinking companies build trust with their stakeholders through creative storytelling, integrated communications, and sustainability strategies.
Our four-step approach – Identify, Uncover, Create, Produce – has been honed over 30 years and is powered by industry-leading processes and tools. We advise on strategic direction, create engaging narratives and memorable brands, and ensure that each client’s story is told consistently.
What we do
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covering the period 1 August 2023 to 31 July 2024
The AIM Awards look at how companies and individuals harness AIM to power their growth and fulfil 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 scrutinises recent joiners and more established companies, as well as the advisers and commentators, to identify the stars of the last twelve months across eleven categories. Due regard will be given to alignment with current ESG Best Practice and any demonstrable ESG policies that have directly impacted decision making.
Nominations open w/c Monday 17 June 2024
Click on each award to view more information
The Voting Panel will meet to discuss this year's nominations on Thursday 12 September 2024.
Members of the full 2024 Voting Panel will be announced on this page in due course.
Click below to see judges from past events.
The 2023 Voting Panel
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.
Hosting a table
Reservations are available for tables of ten people. Numbers are strictly limited and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.
Advertising in the digital brochure is welcomed and enables your key messages to reach a highly targeted audience. The digital event brochure is available to download on the night and contains details of the all nominees, the programme for the night and the menu. Uniquely, it also contains the names of all attendees, in alphabetical and table order. Thus it is widely used as a reference post event for up to a year afterwards.
Bespoke sponsorship opportunities
We offer a range of bespoke sponsorship packages, tailor made to suit your marketing objectives and budget. Further information on request.
If you wish to be added to the waiting list for a forthcoming event or for any other information, please contact Jo Thomas at Ford Sinclair.
Arrangements on the night
Thursday 10 October 2024
1 Old Billingsgate Walk
16 Lower Thames Street
London EC3R 6DX
6.00pm. – drinks reception
7.30pm. – dinner
1.00am. – carriages
A charity collection will be taken up during the course of the evening and the AIM Awards team will be available throughout to accept contactless donations. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Further details will be available in due course.
Please click here for details of local hotel recommendations with preferential rates near Old Billingsgate.
In recent years, the AIM Awards Dinner has held a Charity Collection, principally for the benefit of child-focused charities. To all those who have made donations, thank you so much for your generosity – the charities concerned are all extremely grateful.
A charity collection was held at the AIM Awards 2023 and the total amount raised, which was split equally between our supported charities, bccs and The Children's Society, was:
bccs: One in every ten children has a diagnosable mental health disorder – that’s roughly three in every classroom. A recent survey conducted also found 22% of girls and 9% of boys were self-harming. These alarming statistics demonstrate just how important it is to look after children’s mental health.
bccs is a children’s charity covering East London and Essex, with the primary focus of providing counselling for children and young adults whose wellbeing, mental or emotional health is at risk.
The Children’s Society is a national charity working to transform the hopes and happiness of young people facing abuse, exploitation and neglect. We support them through their most serious life challenges and we campaign tirelessly for the big social changes that will improve the lives of those who need hope most. We've been doing this for 140 years and we won't stop until we've built a society where hope is alive in every child.
Images from the AIM Awards 2023