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Evening Requirement Business Awards: Finance and innovation battle it out for our top prizes

We are heading ever closer to the inaugural Evening Standard Business Awards, our event of London’s cutting-edge companies and landmark initiatives.

The awards event will happen at Tobacco Dock on June 30 with the Square Mile’s great and excellent in participation.

Today, we profile the names giving London its excellent digital credibility and the monetary services business that provide the bedrock of the City.


Tech Company of the Year


This firm has assisted to develop a phenomenon that is altering the way in which small companies raise funds. In a post-crisis world, its design has actually blazed a trail that has actually permitted some of the capital’s greatest names to go from a flash of an idea to a completely functioning, multi-million-pound company.

Crowdcube, established by Darren Westlake and Luke Lang in 2010, recently burst through a substantial landmark, revealing that 150 million has actually been raised on its site in the 5 years since launch to money new UK business, creating 7000 jobs. In March, the website raised 1 million for digital banking start-up Mondo in just 96 seconds, the fastest fundraising of its kind.

Equity-based crowdfunding now represents 15.6% of all UK seed and venture-stage equity investment, according to a report from research study group Nesta and the University of Cambridge. Crowdcube has actually seen 34 fundraisings of more than 1 million, 24 of them since the start of 2015.

In the past year, it has actually started to see the fruits of its labor as E-Car Club and Camden Town Brewery were bought out by big investors, representing rapid success for their founders.


This cyber-security company has confused critics who declared that innovation companies can’t raise money by noting in London, with big names choosing United States markets.

Its 1 billion float at the third effort last June saw it become the biggest ever initial public offering for a British software application company on the London Stock Exchange.

Its shares wandered downwards last autumn on concerns over the way the group reported profits but the company has actually since assured the market. Creators Jan Hruska and Peter Lammer established business in 1985 after conference as students at Oxford, from where business is still run.

Arm Holdings

The FTSE 100 smartphone chip designer helps Britain to bat on the world innovation phase, and its work to supply Apple indicates its competence is utilized by millions of individuals around the world every minute.

Regardless of the current travails of Tim Cook’s tech giant, ARM has continued to report strong profits and sales. Incomes were up 14% in the very first quarter of the year, with earnings also ahead 14% at 137.5 million.

ARM s chances outside mobile phones were demonstrated previously this month when the company splashed out 242 million on robotics and digital imaging company Apical. What’s more, Arm expects to take advantage of the increasing use of computerization in cars, with boss Simon Segars saying that clever items such as connected automobiles are driving our licensing.

Segars was its 16th staff member when he joined in 1991 and, with the Internet of Things moving from a buzzword to a truth, he is well-placed to steer it through the next digital transformation.


It is hard to get around in London above the ground without seeing a Deliveroo driver zip by, shuttling piping hot thrills from the very best dining establishments to the doors of its customers. Deliveroo boasts that the average order takes simply 32 minutes to deliver.

The group, established by New York investment lender Will Shu and computer developer Greg Orlowski, raised $100 million (68 million) in new financing in 2014 from City tech backers consisting of Accel Partners and Index Ventures. The funds will be ploughed into broadening to Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Melbourne and Sydney.

With the food firm hanging the tantalizing prospect of providing utilizing drones in suburbia, there’s plenty to whet the hunger on the road ahead.

Financial Services Business of the Year

Robey Warshaw

Rather incredibly for a nine-person, recently established firm, Robey Warshaw has existed or thereabouts in practically every huge City merger in the previous year. It helped SABMiller push AB Inbev’s bid as much as 71 billion after earlier offers fell short; it worked for BG Group on its takeover by Shell and, more recently, it has been recommending the London Stock Exchange on its merger with German Equivalent Deutsche B rse.

The firm, which in 2014 had profits of practically 24 million, was formed by 2 corporate finance veterans. Simon Robey, formerly of Morgan Stanley and among the best-connected lenders in the City, signed up with forces with Simon Warshaw to produce it.

The duo, who run the firm from a Georgian townhouse in Mayfair, are providing the bulge-bracket banking giants a run for their money.

Goldman Sachs

The giant US investment bank, which has its London headquarters in Fleet Street, is once again leading the European tables for mergers & acquisitions work, according to the most recent figures from Dealogic. Goldman s interests stretch into every industry in the City and its dealmakers continue to be among the most effective in the Square Mile.

The bank has striven to enhance its track record through a string of community engagement efforts and investment into small businesses of late. The bank is also improving the chances it offers its female staff members.

Goldman last year promoted 30 women to handling director, one rung down from partner level. That equates to 27.5% of the partners, compared to simply 16% 2 years ago. It still brings in debate its involvement in informally recommending Sir Philip Green on the sale of BHS saw UK investment banking co-head Anthony Gutman carried in front of MPs last week.

Lloyds Bank

The lender was among the greatest casualties of the financial crisis as its merger with HBOS virtually sank the bank, setting off countless job losses and a 20.5 billion bailouts in 2008. Previously this year it indicated its recovery with a bumper 2 billion dividend after years of difficult graft notably from primary executive Antonio Horta Osorio who, regardless of taking time off for stress, has impressed.

The Government s stake has been trimmed to 10% from 42% and a retail sale of the shares postponed by Chancellor George Osborne amid market turmoil in January is hotly expected later on in 2012. Growth has been challenging to come by, with challenger banks such as Virgin Money snapping at its heels, however the long-lasting outlook is strong.

Its costs remain relatively high but with its 16 billion payment security insurance exposure nearly at an end, it appears to be genuinely on the repair with its capital strength considerably enhanced.