Our two stage judging process increases robustness, ensures credibility and enhances prestige for all those recognised for the Growth Finance Awards.

Open to any growth finance solution providers and forward thinking UK SME’s that have scaled to impressive heights using growth finance. The awards are judged on information supplied in an online entry form, with questions specific to each category.

Guided by an advisory board, Intelligent Partnership’s research team conducts an initial shortlist of all entries* to identify finalists, who are announced in July. Finalist entries in each category then go to a second round of judging by, at least, three people drawn from an independent panel of 35 judges** to provide a diverse mix of qualified perspectives. All of the judges’ scores are collated to determine the winner and to generate a personalised feedback & benchmarking report, so all finalists receive insight on areas of improvement. The judges decision is final.

*Please note that all information supplied in your entry is completely confidential and will not be published or shared with third parties.
**To avoid any conflict of interest, sponsors are not invited to judge, entrants cannot be sponsors and sponsors cannot enter the awards.




Drawn from within the alternative finance industry and wider business community, our panel of independent judges bring a range of perspectives to level the playing field, increase robustness and credibility, and enhance the prestige of each award presented.

The independent judging panel for 2019 include:

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Adam Blaskey

The Clubhouse

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Adam is the CEO & Founder of The Clubhouse. Adam founded The Clubhouse in 2012 after becoming frustrated with meeting important clients in uninspiring, unproductive places around London. This ignited the idea to create a better way to do business and to fill the gap between a serviced office and meeting in hotel lobbies or coffee shops.

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Mike Budd

Philip Hare & Associates

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Mike qualified as a Chartered Tax Adviser in 2003 and has over 20 years’ experience advising on aspects of tax and structured investments.
Following his training with Smith & Williamson, Mike spent 4 years working in The Specialist Tax Group at HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited advising ultra high net worth and high profile clients on a variety of matters, both in the UK and internationally. In 2011, Mike set up his own consultancy practice focused on both the practical and technical aspects of HMRC’s Venture Capital Schemes, an area he had gained a vast amount of experience in whilst working in his previous commercial and technical roles. Mike has a particular interest in start-ups and is a member of The Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of Taxation Technicians.
Mike works part time for Philip Hare & Associates, a leading tax consultancy business which specialises in providing EIS, SEIS, VCT and SITR tax advice.

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Reece Chowdhry

Founder of RLC Ventures

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Reece is the Founder and CEO of RLC Ventures and is an award-winning venture capitalist. He is an ex EY Management Consultant. Reece has been featured in the media frequently, including on The Sunday Times and Channel 4.

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Donna O’Toole

CEO of August - The Awards Consultancy

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Donna O’Toole, CEO of August – The Awards Consultancy, has helped hundreds of businesses, brands, entrepreneurs, and leaders across the globe to raise their profile by achieving valuable awards for their work and achievements.

Donna is a national awards judge for multiple industry awards and she supports awards organisers to ensure their awards programmes are robust, fair, and highly successful. Her knowledge and experience has led to an outstanding success rate in the most prestigious industry awards competitions in the world including the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, and her work has resulted in some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs, business leaders, VIPs, and community champions receiving personal recognition (MBE to knighthood) from Her Majesty The Queen.

Using her exclusive awards insights, Donna has now developed a unique awards training programme to help businesses and individuals win the awards they deserve.