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Jeremy Roberts
Tony Caldeira
Richard O'Sullivan
Brian Hay
Michael Oliver
Debbie Pierce
Charlie Mullins
Steve Purdham
Julie Meyer
Laura Tenison
Jennie Johnson
David Pollock


And the winners are...

At a glittering awards ceremony, held at Tatton Park on November 15, EN celebrated the region's entrepreneurs and dealmakers whose success reflects their contribution to making the North West an outstanding place to do business.

Our guest speaker John Caudwell, was catapulted to business celebrity status earlier this year when he sold the Caudwell Group, which included international mobile phone dealer Phones4U, to a pair of private equity houses for £1.46 billion - the largest cash out in history of UK mergers and acquisitions.

However, as well as bagging a personal fortune, Caudwell has since the mid 1990s given much of his time and energy to raising funds for children's charities, with his main focus on the Caudwell Charity. This organisation, founded in 2000, has pledged £50,000 a year to the NSPCC Full Stop Campaign, but its primary purpose is to make individual donations to sick, disabled and terminally ill children nationwide. Caudwell, a sports fanatic and adrenaline junkie, goes to great lengths in support of his chosen cause, including epic cycle rides. His next challenge will be to sail around the world. All proceeds raised from the charity auction were donated to the Caudwell Charity. Visit


DEBT PROVIDER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Brabners Chaffe Street)
SHORLTIST: Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland
WINNER: Royal Bank of Scotland

EQUITY HOUSE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Kaupthing, Singer and Friedlander)
SHORTLIST: Barclays Private Equity, LDC, ECI Ventures
WINNER: ECI Ventures

BEST TURNAROUND (sponsored by Stark Brooks)
SHORTLIST: Glynn Web (Acquisition and Disposal), Manchester Cables (MBO), Neville Johnson (Acquisition)
WINNER: Manchester Cables

BEST TECHNOLOGY DEAL (sponsored by The University of Manchester)
SHORTLIST: Red Vision (Sale), Renovo (IPO), Synexus (IPO)
WINNER: Renovo

BEST DEAL UNDER £10m (sponsored by Northwest Regional Development Agency)
SHORTLIST: Braemar (Reverse Takeover), Philpotts (Sale), Ascribe (Acquisition), Smart Storage (Development Capital)
WINNER: Smart Storage

BEST DEAL £10m - £50m (sponsored by Berg Legal)
SHORTLIST: ANC Group (MBO), Chemicare Health (Sale), Debtmatters (Acquisition), Latium Group (Acquisition)
WINNER: Chemicare Health

BEST DEAL OVER £50m (sponsored by NM Rothschild)
SHORTLIST: Caudwell Group (Sale), Jerrod Holdings (Development Capital), NES Group (Sale), South Lakeland Caravans (Sale)
WINNER: Caudwell Group

BANKER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Ford Campbell)
SHORTLIST: Dave Rimmer, Barclays; Mike Scowen, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance; Tony Dean, Royal Bank of Scotland
WINNER: Tony Deam Royal Bank of Scotland

SHORTLIST: Phil Adams, Altium; Dave Cheetham, Ford Campbell; Andrew Thomas, NM Rothschild
WINNER: Andrew Thomas, NM Rothschild

LAWYER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by The Co-operative Bank)
SHORTLIST: Tim Hamilton, Addleshaw Goddard; Darryl Cooke, DLA Piper; Danny Hall, Eversheds
WINNER: Danny Hall, Eversheds

VENTURE CAPITALIST OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Hitchenor Wakefield)
SHORTLIST: John Walker, Barclays Private Equity, Paul Johnson, DLA; Tim Raffle, ECI Ventures
WINNER: John Walker, Barclays Private Equity

WINNER: Andrew Thomas, NM Rothschild

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