The Small Cap Awards 2014

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The 2014 Small Cap Awards, which is supported by the London Stock Exchange plc and ISDX, will take place at Grange St. Pauls Hotel, 10 Godliman Street, London, EC4V 5AJ on 21 May 2014 to celebrate the success of smaller quoted companies. The event will shine a light on the best companies and participants in the small and micro-cap community (sub £100m market capitalisation) and will feature Peter Dickson, the voice of television programme The X Factor, as Compère. A speaker will be announced in due course.

The Awards will be attended by institutions, fund managers, brokers and advisors, creating a chance for all attendees to network with those who have shown exceptional growth and performance in the last year.

The Small Cap Awards is a once-in-a-year opportunity to recognise outstanding achievement focused on companies quoted on AIM and ISDX.

The event is supported by London Stock Exchange and ISDX, and sponsored by Bishopsgate Communications, Grange Hotels, Hamlins LLP and UHY Hacker Young.

Research house Equity Development will work with the Judges to draw up the 2014 long list of nominees for each category, based on the 2013 calendar period, from which a shortlist will be announced shortly. There are eleven award categories including Company of the Year, Adviser of the Year, IPO of the Year, Transaction of the Year and Small Cap Hero of the Year. Small Cap Hero will be awarded to the person or company that has best promoted the case for Small Cap Quoted Companies.

“I think 2013 marked a turning point in the UK small/microcap market” said Gervais Williams, a member of the judging panel and supporter of Small Cap stocks as an active fund manager in the sector as managing director of Miton Group plc.

“For most of the last 20 years it has been a case of being able to invest in any stock we chose; the tricky part was finding a way to exit the investment in a sea of sellers. Over the past six months all that has changed. It is a case of being able to sell almost any of our holdings almost instantly, and the key problem has been finding decent sellers in volume in most small/microcaps. We believe this is a multi-decade change of trend coming through.”

Colin Wright, of the quoted company advisory team at UHY Hacker Young, supports Gervais “our various research studies undertaken at the end of 2013 indicate that the value of investors’ trading activity in AIM stocks has risen dramatically in the last few months, signalling what could be a turning point for the market”.

“Since August 2013, when AIM stocks first became eligible for inclusion in ISAs, the average daily value traded in AIM stocks has risen by 29% to £127.6 million, reaching as high as £148.4 million during October.  By contrast, over the same period, the average daily value traded in FTSE100 stocks declined slightly, down by 3% to £6.2 billion.”

“Our analysis shows that being able to include AIM stocks in ISAs has attracted more retail investors to the market, particularly as a growing number of AIM companies are now paying a dividend.”

“In addition, improving economic sentiment, especially towards the UK economy which is now rated by the OECD as having the fastest-growing in the developed world, has revived investors’ risk appetite.  This has resulted in renewed interest in AIM’s small, but potentially high-growth companies.”

“Our research covering the year to 31 December 2013 showed that AIM has grown for the first time in six years, with the number of companies joining the market outweighing the number of companies leaving.”

The event follows the success of the Small Cap Club founded by Lily and Piper, a specialist integrated Events Company talented in building niche networks.

Since it started in mid-2012 the Small Cap Club has successfully enabled leaders and participants in the small and micro-cap sector to meet regularly together, based on the premise that meeting people builds trust and creates new areas of thinking and opportunity.

SMEs are the most dynamic areas of UK business, employing 14.1 million people (59% of the private sector employment) having an annual turnover of £1,500 billion (48% UK business aggregate turnover)*.