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About the Leading Adviser Awards


Throughout our lives, people always need someone to guide them and offer them advice and insight based on their knowledge and experience. This does not stop as we get older, and no matter how successful, profitable or renowned a business may be, it goes without saying that alongside its own assemblage of talent and expertise, there will always be a network of professionals behind the scenes helping to inform, guide and shape the way in which it operates.

Across all sectors and industries, from lawyers, accountants, bankers and consultants to HR professionals, IT specialists and security experts, a vast array of outside agencies and organisations, advisers can contribute massively to a company’s success, having invaluable input for its top tier management team.

Playing a major role in a business’s ongoing success, these professionals aim to advise, assist and support their clients, providing essential information that informs and shapes vital strategy. As such, they have become a fundamental part of the ever-evolving business landscape.

Since 2014, every year Acquisition International looks to highlight some of the most renowned and innovative professionals from around the world. Our dedicated team have left no stone unturned to ensure that these awards are allocated only to the individuals and firms that truly deserve them and have demonstrated excellence within their respective fields.

Whether those put forward hail from the largest, international corporations, or the small firms and individuals that work alongside them, we’re aiming to highlight the industry’s shining lights and act as the ultimate guide for those seeking trusted experts.

Jo Holloway We can point you in the right direction.

Jo joined the AI Global Media team in 2016 and has since been involved in numerous projects for AI Global Media Ltd. She is both creative and dedicated in her role as account executive. Jo works hard to ensure a great customer journey for her clients and is passionate about delivering maximum value for each recipient.



Throughout the year, our in-house research team spend a considerable amount of time looking to establish those most deserving to be mentioned, included and recognised as part of our 2022 Leading Adviser Awards. Therefore, during the program, we do not gather votes from either the firms, the individuals in question or other third parties: rather, we select our award recipients based on achievements, endeavours and efforts made over the previous 12 months.


Recipients are determined through an internal process of research, analysis, shortlisting, and selection. Our in-house team use publicly available sources such as local and national press, industry journals, client recommendations, press releases, and other published works to source potential candidates based entirely on merit, each of which is then carefully scrutinised to narrow down a shortlist, followed by a final selected list.

Throughout this process, factors the team take into consideration include, but are not limited to: sector expertise, experience, industry recognition, innovation, client testimonials, reputation, firm performance, leadership, extracurricular activities etc.


Once our chosen individuals have been determined, each will be contacted directly with the good news by our Program Coordinator, Elliot Ashbourne.


As these awards aim to recognise the best in the industry, not those with the largest marketing budgets, there are no mandatory costs associated with accepting your recognition. All those selected are entitled to a digital certificate, and we encourage our winners to spread the word of their inclusion through their company website, social media channels, press releases etc so that they can make the most out of their success.

In addition to this, those recognised also have the opportunity to feature within our monthly publication, as well as be included in our dedicated 2022 Leading Adviser supplement, which will be released at the end of the year. Inclusion in these publications is not complimentary, but we have a range of packages to choose from so that everyone can select the option that is right for them.


There are many ways to judge an awards programme, but here at AI we feel this is the ultimate way to give our readers an insight into the best that the consultancy and advisory space has to offer. After all, this approach ensures that our recipients are selected based purely on merit, not popularity, and allows us to recognise the leading players in each field.

From micro-businesses and SMEs through to multinational corporations, we aim to showcase those that are succeeding in their field and who are constantly innovating, growing and improving. The 2022 Leading Adviser Awards, like the preceding year's programmes, will act as THE guide to consultants and advisers globally, and give our readers the resource they need to choose the most talented individuals and firms from their sector.


How long has Acquisition International been in circulation for?
Acquisition International has been running for over five years and in that time the publication has grown substantially, now having a circulation of 108,000 readers in over 170 countries. AI is a monthly magazine that seeks to inform, entertain, influence, and shape the global corporate conversation. We aim to achieve this through a combination of high quality editorial, rigorous research and an experienced worldwide network of dedicated advisers, experts and contributors. Acquisition International is one of the many publications by AI Global Media, a UK based publisher which has over 200 issues to its name since 2010.
Who makes the final decision?
We employ an entirely impartial panel of 5 individuals to conduct all of the research to our high standards. At the helm, the panel is led by a veteran academic leader with international academic and training experience and is well versed in research, fact-checking and mediation. We believe this method is the most efficient in determining which individuals and companies are most deserving in winning an award and has brought us much success and commendation throughout its use.
Is there a winner’s ceremony/award dinner and if so, when does it take place?
We do not focus our efforts on a celebratory event, despite being an enjoyable occasion, it doesn’t support our group’s philosophy of cost-effective marketing. As well as the lack of cost efficiency, AI is a company who runs awards worldwide and we believe it would be logistically difficult for some of our winners to attend an awards ceremony. We follow the belief that any of the optional costs involved with the award would be more beneficial in a year’s worth of online marketing for a winner, rather than spending it all on a ceremonial evening. All of our press announcements are made digitally, online and across our network to enforce our position as digital publishers. We aim to arm you with the tools (both digital and physical) to generate real-world value.
Are there any costs involved?
As previously mentioned there are no compulsory costs involved, however we do offer a variety of paid additional benefits for our winners, but these are completely optional. To demonstrate our commitment to no mandatory fees, all our winners are offered a free of charge promotional package. Our company policy will always remain: regardless of budget, our clients should always be able to garner the full value of the award and our seal of approval. We offer a variety of promotional opportunities to our winners. as we have an extensive network and we know, more than anyone, the wider business benefits from promoting industry awards.

"As a freelance business adviser, it was a fantastic feeling just to be noticed amongst all the other larger consulting firms in the UK.

I’ve used the award in a number of ways already: to assure clients that they are, and are continuing to, work with recognised excellence; and to assure my parents that their son didn’t turn out all that badly after all!

"This recognition has also meant that my credibility when submitting evidences and ideas to inform future government policy and wider business support practices is enhanced. It’s offered me a great excuse to rekindle relationships with lapsed colleagues and network contacts who reached out to congratulate me on this achievement."

Adrian Ashton –

"Winning an award is a third-party endorsement of your capabilities and should be highly treasured and promoted.

"AI Global Media have gone out of their way to help me promote the award, they have taken the awards to the next stage, it is not a bye-bye when you have the certificate but a concentrated effort to ensure that your achievements reach a wider audience. Our award has been seen on all the social media platforms, by clients and competitors, friends, and family. The logo is on every email we send out and all of this is due to the encouragement of the team at AI.

"The award has endorsed our capabilities, made people think more seriously about our work and most importantly has influenced our bottom line. People are more likely to trust an award winner and accept that if you employ an award-winning agency there is a cost for this extra layer of professional advice."

Tricia Topping, Carlyle Consultants -

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"They gave me time to make the publication, however, owing to my involvements in other cases I sent the material in the very last moment.

"The staff at AI were still friendly and made a wonderful editing job, as well as leaving time for me to read and approve it.

"The article was published, and they did a good job, especially in comparison to comparable offers.

"I was more than satisfied with how the how the staff works and reported my pleasant experience to my partners. We will utilize these friendly services in the future."

Mihály Lantos, Danubia Patent & Law Office -

"We always have a great experience working with AI Global, they are easy to communicate with, organised and very professional. Thanks for your continued hard work!"

Hannah Wharton, Waldeck Consulting -

"We have worked with AI since about year one and it has been a pleasure every time. They do great work and have a very fast response time."

Stephan Roider, Roider IP -

"We have been working with AI Global Media for a number of years, they have always been great to deal with, very flexible and we are always happy with the final article."

Michael Brown, Geo-Environmental Services Limited -

"From the moment of first contact Al Global we very professional timely in all communication, and very responsive when I asked questions. It was a pleasure to work with them and hope the relationship can continue in future years."

Paul Hardiman, Quality Partner Limited -

"We have had two articles published in AI magazine and have found the copywriting and graphic design to be of a high standard. They are responsive, and open to feedback, which is great when trying to ensure the right message is published.

"The PDF copies of articles are great for handing out at exhibitions and the link to the online article provides a quick and easy way to impress a new client."

Michael Coates, Protostar Leadership Development LTD -

"AI Global were easy to work with and provided a smooth process."

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"Stiltz has enjoyed some great exposure on the back of our recent spotlight article in AI. It’s been a great morale booster and the perfect platform to highlight all the great work the team here at Stilz have done. Not only have we experienced an increase in web traffic, but some positive communications from clients, old and new.

"A great team and a really professional outcome, I’d thoroughly recommend them."

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