Buyout Track 100 national awards dinner
The 2012 awards dinner was held on 13 March at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London. The keynote speaker was Allan Leighton, plural non-exec chairman of many public and private equity-backed companies. After dinner, The Sunday Times business editor, Dominic O'Connell, hosted an insightful interview session with the executive chairman, Stefano Pessina, of the UK's biggest private company backed by KKR, Alliance Boots, and chief executive of mid-market Bridgepoint-backed HobbyCraft, Catriona Marshall. Each company and their backers received a framed certificate at the dinner.
The sponsors presented a number of special awards:
- Best brand, sponsored by The Sunday Times
Winner: Hunter Boot backed by Searchlight Capital
Runners up: Agent Provocateur backed by 3i, and Patisserie Valerie backed by Risk Capital Partners
- Best deal, sponsored by Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets
Winner: Aesica Pharmaceuticals backed by Silverfleet Capital
Runners up: Teaching Personnel backed by Graphit Capital, and The Mill backed by Equistone
- Best management team, sponsored by Skillcapital
Winner: Wiggle backed by Bridgepoint
Runners up: Office backed by Silverfleet Capital, and The Foundry backed by Carlyle Group
- 10 Biggest, sponsored by Deloitte
Winner: Infinis backed by Terra Firma
- Fastest-growing company, sponsored by Deloitte
Winner: Partnership backed by Cinven
See the press release for more details.
For a list of all previous Buyout Track 100 award winners click here.
Buyout Track 100 dinners & roundtable discussionsFast Track also organises follow-up specialist dinners and roundtable discussions for Buyout Track 100 companies' owners and directors. Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets sponsor a series of specialist industry and NED dinners. Recent dinner speakers range from John Lovering to Jim McCarthy of Poundland.