● Roger Blears, a Senior Partner at RW Blears, presented the 2018 Best SEIS Investment Manager award sponsored by RW Blears Solicitors to Symvan Capital

● Symvan Capital has outpaced four other impressive finalists

● Visit for details of winners and runners-up in all 15 categories

RW Blears Solicitors is delighted to announce that Symvan Capital has beaten off strong competition in the head-to-head race for the title of the Best SEIS Investment Manager at the fourth annual Growth Investor Awards, organised by Intelligent Partnership. The award is sponsored by RW Blears.

Roger Blears, a Senior Partner at RW Blears, presented the hotly coveted trophy to Symvan on November 7 at a black-tie gala dinner for over 45 0 movers and shakers from the UK’s impressive SME investment community.

Symvan won considerable praise and plaudits for its excellent engagement with the industry and its great platform for outreach to potential Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) investors. Amid intense competition, Deepbridge Capital came a close second for its exceptional investment inflows, significant impact on investee companies and robust product.

Sapphire Capital Partners scooped the one to watch title for a remarkably diverse range of funds under management and its great enthusiasm for theSEIS space.

The accolade recognises providers specialising in Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes. The judges specifically looked for investment volume, performance, impact on investee companies, quality of adviser outreach and innovation in product development.

Guy Tolhurst, managing director of Intelligent Partnership, expanded on judges’ top picks:“Symvan has displayed very proactive engagement across the industry, with HM Treasury and the EIS Association in particular. It’s also really great to see the team’s considerable commitment to helping investee companies realise their potential to the fullest.” “Deepbridge Capital has demonstrated truly superior investment inflows and a formidable product line, but it was its profound impact on investee companies through Acorn that really set it apart from the competition. Sapphire Capital Partners has successfully grown its brand with promising performance. The judges were really impressed by the team’s enthusiasm forSEIS and a solid engagement with the EISA.”

The top three contenders competed for the Best SEIS Investment Manager title with two other impressive finalists: Daedalus Partners and Earthworm Capital. Visit for details of winners and runners-up in all 15 categories and a full coverage of the Growth Investor Awards gala. About the Growth Investor Awards Launched in 2015, the Growth Investor Awards have rightly become a major focal point in the UK’s SME investment community calendar. The awards celebrate companies and individuals involved in putting investment to work in high-potential businesses. They honour those providing or helping to source investment and leading players that are helping to optimise growth capital for scaling UK companies.

About Intelligent Partnership 

At Intelligent Partnership we’re passionate about small businesses. We know that they are a vital part of the economy: creating jobs, developing new products, opening up new markets and fuelling regional and national growth. We want to play our part in promoting the SME sector and, in particular, highlighting the investment and support available to small companies. Putting ourselves at the centre of the wide-ranging capital debate, we want to encourage more people to start their own businesses. Through our campaigning, research, content, events and awards initiatives, we want to encourage more small businesses to secure vital investment and associated support to scale up and become great businesses.

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12 November 2018