Reyker were pleased to present the 2017 Best BPR Investment Manager award to Octopus Investments at the Growth Investor Awards

by Michelle Powell
Reyker were pleased to present the 2017 Best BPR Investment Manager award to Octopus Investments at the Growth Investor Awards


Thursday 9 November 2017


  • Pippa Brown, Director of Business Development at Reyker Securities, presented the 2017 Best BPR Investment Manager award to Octopus Investments
  • Six leadings fund managers duked it out at the 2017 Growth Investor Awards
  • Visit for details of winners and runners-up in all 16 categories

Last night, at the Royal Lancaster in London, 450 leading decision makers from the UK’s vibrant SME investment ecosystem celebrated their stellar successes at a the third annual Growth Investor Awards, organised by Intelligent Partnership.

Octopus Investments won the highly esteemed Best BPR Investment Manager award at the 2017 Growth Investor Awards, organised by Intelligent Partnership. Octopus was praised not just as the dominant provider in the market but a leader in innovation and development, and liaison with government.

The Best BPR Investment category, sponsored by Reyker Securities, was open to any investment provider specialising in investments qualifying for Business Property Relief who strongly demonstrates innovation in product development and impact on SME growth. Judges evaluated investment volume and performance, impact on investee companies, selection of investee companies, product development and quality of adviser outreach.

Pippa Brown, Director of Business Development at Reyker Securities presented the award. TIME Investments was runner-up, being praised for its integrity and reliability, with industry leaders Downing, Foresight Group, Puma Investments and Triple Point also represented on the impressive shortlist.

Brown commented: “With BPR products fulfilling a market need for estate planning solutions, it is important to recognise the role of providers and investment managers in both delivering good products to investors as well as ensuring that solidly performing businesses are passed down through generations rather than being broken up or sold.”

Guy Tolhurst, Managing Director at Intelligent Partnership, expanded on the judges’ decision: “From vital liaison with HMRC to a uniquely rich quality of advisor outreach, the advisory panel identified many ways Octopus stood out. As an innovator, Octopus also displayed a wide understanding of market risks which will prove a comfort to investors.”

Rory Bremner presided over the exclusive black tie awards, spanning 16 different categories. Chris Philp MP, entrepreneur and Parliamentary Private Secretary to HM Treasury Ministers, gave the first keynote speech of the evening. The ceremony featured a second keynote speech from Alan Cheatle, CEO and founder of TEN Group, on its stages of growth and how magic can happen when great investors meet promising entrepreneurs.

The Growth Investor Awards have consistently showcased the resounding successes of investment providers, high-growth companies and financial intermediaries. Together they are promoting high-potential SMEs, striving to bridge the productivity gap, and creating jobs and wealth across the UK.

Tolhurst said: “Progress matters. We need to be more aware of the unconscious bias that draws us towards people just like us across all parts of the SME investment ecosystem. The UK is one of the best places to start a business, but for it to become one of the best places to scale a business, we need to campaign for opportunity and success for all.”

Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, commented “It is events like these – where the business community comes together to both reward and recognise laudable achievements – that instil in us all a great sense of pride in the UK. We are working hard to support businesses and entrepreneurs across the UK to ensure they can access the finance and wider support to grow and have the right conditions for companies to invest in the long term. Events like the Growth Investor Awards do a great service to that end. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who received an award and hope this serves as inspiration to others to start and build their own businesses.”

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Notes for editors

2017 Best BPR Investment Manager

Winner: Octopus Investments
Runner-up: TIME Investments
All entrants: Downing, Foresight Group, Octopus Investments, Puma Investments, TIME Investments and Triple Point

About the Growth Investor Awards

The Growth Investor Awards are organised by Intelligent Partnership with partners including the BVCA, EISA, UKCFA, The Centre for Entrepreneurs, The Entrepreneur Network and The Supper Club. The awards, inaugurated in 2015, are supported by a family of sponsors including Smith & Williamson, Beauhurst, Bates Wells Braithwaite Compliance, LGBR Capital, Mainspring Fund Services, RAM Capital Partners, RW Blears Solicitors, Exact Financial Systems, Reyker Securities and MICAP. Find out more at

About Intelligent Partnership

As the UK’s leading curator of education and insights on alternative investments and SME campaigning, Intelligent Partnership increases awareness and engagement among intermediaries, investment providers, professional services providers and the wider SME ecosystem, providing them with the tools and information to speak knowledgeably with their clients about a broader range of investment options. Insights are delivered year-round through a programme of content that includes digital and printed reports, video content, and live events – which are accredited for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Institute of Financial Planning (IFP) and Personal Finance Society (PFS). This content is aimed at our 15,000+ audience of advisers, wealth managers and financial services professionals who are all interested or active in alternative investments. Learn more at

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