With the ability to increase market share, reduce labour costs and expand distribution, a good merger deal can create many opportunities for a business seeking to drastically improve its performance in a competitive market. As more and more companies look to secure a global deal that could accelerate their growth within a short period of time, M&A activity remains prolific and seems unlikely to decrease after a challenging season for many industries.
As heightened M&A activity continues to thrive within the middle market and M&A deals remain a wonderful solution for fast-growing, innovative businesses with a desire to propel themselves to the next level, a fruitful and smooth transaction is crucial for those looking to combine their businesses and stand above the competition.
To complete a great deal, a great amount of work is necessary and unfortunately it is not uncommon for a deal to fall short of expectations, therefore, it is imperative that a company’s transition of ownership is scrutinised and analysed to ensure the best possible outcome for those involved. The M&A Awards 2021 are committed to commending those who work tirelessly throughout every stage of the merger process to navigate and guarantee the successful completion of transactions through which benefits can be reaped, and the course of a business can be changed indefinitely.
Each nominee in the M&A Awards 2021 will be assessed based on their achievements over the past 12 months by our in-house panel of judges. This assessment will be centred around the evaluation of skills and the quality of services on offer. The wider market reputation of each nominee will also be taken into consideration during our extensive research process.
Winning an award with Acquisition International will not only create the chance to boost your brands publicity, but it will also increase your credibility. Gaining a competitive advantage over others is key, but a visual reminder can also raise employee morale and motivation.
Should you wish to be included in the M&A Awards 2021 or know of a business or individual deserving of a place on the shortlist, please submit a nomination using the voting form below.
Nominees are gained via our online nomination form from magazine subscribers, online visitors, social media following, clients and our wider circulation.
Those putting forward nominees are welcome to nominate their own firm or colleagues within their firm as well as third party businesses.
Acquisition International is part of the publishing house AI Global Media, the publishers also put forward nominees for consideration.
All those who formally accept their nomination will be asked if they would like to submit material for further consideration as supporting evidence.
We consider materials supplied by nominees, information on those nominated businesses available online and any information supplied with the original nomination.
Our research team who are highlighted below will assess all information presented when it comes to determining winners.
The team gather information independently from a number of publicly available sources, they will assess the material supplied by the nominees and by those who put them forward originally.
They will cast their final judgment based on various criteria including client dedication, innovation, business growth, longevity, online reputation, client feedback and business performance.
Once winners have been determined each winner will be contacted directly.
Details of those winners will be embargoed until Acquisition International formally announce the winners publicly via the website and award winners' magazine.
We encourage all of our winners to publicly announce their win independently.
Announcements via company websites, social media channels, via publicly released press releases, and through local and national press are a great way of really maximising the exposure gained from such an amazing achievement.
After joining the business in 2015, Martyn has been involved with numerous award programmes on Acquisition International and has thus developed a keen interest in corporate finance matters. Gaining an understanding of the trends affecting how businesses perform has been hugely important in his role as lead researcher on AI.
Martyn is honoured to be the figurehead for AI award programmes, after witnessing the brand develop over the last four years.
Laura is our awards manager overseeing a number of our key Acquisition International awards programmes
Jeremy is head of the research team, a diligent individual committed to Acquisition International’s customers and award winners
As one of AI Global Media’s Directors, Kathryn is passionate about delivering maximum value for each award winner.
"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 – www.adrianashton.co.uk
"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 - www.carlyle-consultants.com
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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."
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Paul Hardiman, Quality Partner Limited - https://qualitypartner.co.uk/
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