• Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 Growth Finance Awards, which celebrate the providers offering ‘more than finance’ to the UK’s SMEs
  • 2022’s ceremony will build on the success of our last ceremony, which featured 300+ guests, was hosted by Claudia Winkleman, and featured a keynote address by Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP
  • Awards entries can be made until May 27 across 26 categories


We’re delighted to say that entries are now open for The Growth Finance Awards, the only awards that celebrate the community of SME lenders that help growing businesses thrive.

The Growth Finance Awards shine a light on a community including high-street banks, challenger banks, specialist lenders, online platforms, financial technology companies and many others. All these companies are dedicated to providing SMEs around the UK with an unrivalled array of financial products, services and support that help them to succeed.

The SME finance market has been at the forefront of the UK economy’s pandemic recovery. We’ve seen a surge in entrepreneurs starting, and investing, in UK small businesses over the last 2 years. The latest data from the British Business Bank shows that SME equity increased by 130% in the first three quarters of 2021, to £14bn. That’s great news for the long term, and highlights the vital role the growth finance community is playing in ensuring our economy bounces back, stronger than ever.

The Growth Finance Awards bring this community together once a year to celebrate their achievements during an unforgettable evening. Our debut event took place in September 2019 in the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Presented by Claudia Winkleman, 325 guests celebrated established and challenger banks, technology companies, and other lenders for their support for the SME ecosystem. And a keynote address from Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst emphasised the importance of growing business health to Government and policymakers.


Details about entering the 2022 Growth Finance Awards

Entries for the Growth Finance Awards are now open until May 27. They are open to companies, teams and individuals that can demonstrate innovation in products, services, technology and marketing; impact on business performance, customers and employees; and how they are actively deploying growth finance, enabling and supporting SMEs.

Visit growthfinanceawards.com for more information on the categories and how to enter.

We will be presenting 26 awards:

  • Growth Finance Leader of the Year
  • Impact Through Finance
  • Best New Finance Business
  • Growth Finance Broker of the Year
  • Best Fund Manager – Credit
  • Deal of the Year
  • Growth Finance Provider of the Year
  • Specialist Lender of the Year
  • Best Business Banking Innovation
  • Best Bank for SMEs
  • Best Bank for Start Ups
  • Sustainable Finance Provider of the Year
  • Direct Lending Platform of the Year
  • Best Trade Finance Product
  • Best Invoice Finance Provider
  • Best Leasing or Hire Purchase Product
  • Asset-based Lender of the Year
  • Venture Debt Provider of the Year
  • Best P2P Business Lender
  • Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) Provider of the Year
  • Best Marketing Campaign
  • Best Customer Experience
  • Best Place to Work
  • Best Covid Response
  • Best Digital Product or Service
  • Innovative Product of the Year

The finalists will be announced in the week commencing June 20. Over the summer, the shortlisted entrants will go to a second round of judging by a minimum of three experts drawn from an independent panel of more than 35 judges.

All of the judges’ scores will be collated to determine the winner, runner up and one to watch in each category. A personalised feedback and benchmarking report will be given to all finalists, providing them with valuable insight on areas of improvement.

The winners will be announced on Thursday September 29 during a black-tie dinner for 400 movers and shakers from the growth finance industry.


Growth Finance Awards 2022 timeline:

May 27 – entry deadline

June 20-24 – finalist announcements

September 29 – black-tie awards dinner and accolades announced


About the organisers

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.

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.


Hear from some of our previous winners:

“To be named Best P2P Business Lender is testament to the significant strides we have made since our launch in 2014. LendingCrowd exists to help alleviate the funding gap facing the UK’s vital community of SMEs, and we’re delighted to have received this recognition at the Growth Finance Awards.”

Stuart Lunn, Founder and CEO, LendingCrowd

Winner – Best P2P Business Lender


“We were honoured to be nominated and to come away having won two awards is an incredible achievement – we’re immensely proud. A huge amount of hard work has gone into making Capital on Tap what it is today and building a platform to support tens-of-thousands of SMEs all over the UK. Thanks to our staff, our partners and most importantly, our customers, for making this possible.”

David Luck, CEO, Capital on Tap

Winner – Business Growth Enabler


Contact info 

For more information about Intelligent Partnership or the Growth Finance Awards, or to arrange interviews, please contact the Events team:

[e]: events@intelligent-partnership.com

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