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BVCA Announces Winners of Wales Management Team Awards 2018

Exceptional enterprises across Wales were celebrated at the 10th annual BVCA Management Team Awards.

The outstanding companies picked up their prizes for their phenomenal performances over the past year. Taking place at our annual dinner in Bath, the BVCA Management Team Awards, produced in association with Grant Thornton UK LLP, recognise and showcase companies that are backed by private equity and venture capital funds and which have excelled in their field.

Full details, including judging criteria and past champions, can be found here.

The BVCA Wales Management Team Awards 2018:  

Henry Howard FinanceCabot Square CapitalLarge Company Management Team


Newport finance house wins private equity and venture capital-backed business award

Henry Howard Finance (HHF), one of the UK’s largest independent finance houses, has been awarded the title of ‘Wales Large Company Management Team of the Year’ at the BVCA Management Team Awards held last night (3 May).

The annual awards, now in their tenth year, are organised by the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association and celebrate the work of businesses backed by private equity and venture capital in the UK.

Commenting on the award win HHF co-founder and director, Mark Crook, said: “This award is a huge achievement for the firm and we’re delighted that HHF’s efforts during the past few years have been recognised as we continue our journey from a specialist brokerage firm into a major commercial lender.

“It goes without saying that our investment from Cabot Square Capital and the British Business Bank has played an integral role in the company’s journey, success and growth. Their additional capital helped us achieve a record-breaking year in 2017, during which we provided funding to more than 8,000 businesses, grew our own book balance sheet by more than 40% and pushed our asset-based funding volumes past the £100 million threshold. We were also able to invest in innovative technology that makes the finance journey quicker and easier for SMEs.

“One such example is HowApp, an online portal designed to ensure businesses have access to flexible finance options at the click of a button, without having to spend time on the lengthy paperwork process often associated with finance applications.

“After a record-breaking 2017, we’re enjoying a positive few months of the new year as we continue to grow the company with the backing of Cabot Square Capital and the British Business Bank.”

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