The City is back, and so are the City A.M. Awards, recognising the best of the Square Mile, Canary Wharf and London’s business community – which has shown shown resilience, innovation and adaptability like never before over the past year. We’re delighted to host what will be a wonderful celebration of the capital’s rebound, but we need your nominations to do it. After months of uncertainty, it’s time to look forward – and say well done to those who came to the fore in the most difficult of circumstances. 

City A.M. Awards 2023
The Guildhall
Thursday 2nd March

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Insurance Company of the Year

The insurance sector has had an extraordinary year, dealing with natural disasters and climate change on the one hand and investing at pace on the other. This year we’re looking not just at insurers who are delivering for shareholders but those looking to take the lead in greasing the wheels of the British economy.

Accountancy Firm of the Year

Auditors and accountants have spent plenty of time in the spotlight in recent years, but some firms are leading the way in putting audit and accountancy’s reputation back on the right track – and some are choosing innovative ways to respond to today’s challenges.

Law Firm of the Year

The City’s legal sector continues to lead the world even in the face of great global changes and an occasionally difficult political climate. We’re looking not just at the biggest players in the market but those that are looking to innovate through both acquisition and technological innovation and disruption.

Bank of the Year

Lenders might have expected things to calm down post-pandemic, but the cost of living crisis put paid to that. We recognise those banks that are going above and beyond to support British business.

Analyst of the Year

City watchers are more valuable than ever, and these analysts have consistently got the big calls right. We recognise those who put the hard yards in to know their businesses and sectors – and who are willing to go out on a limb. 

Dealmaker of the Year

Getting deals across the line in a global climate that is ever more volatile is no mean feat. London remains at the heart of global M&A – and we look at the rainmakers who are still doing the business.

Innovative Company of the Year

The City has always thrived on the back of innovation and these firms have it in their DNA. We honour the big ideas and fast-moving firms who are helping to define the future of the Square Mile.

Entrepreneur of the Year

London has always been a home for risk-takers, and that hasn’t changed. We look at the driving forces behind growing and established companies alike, looking not just at the bottom line but highlighting those who are using markets and business to solve global problems.

Investor of the Year

Never have markets been more difficult to predict – but even in a tough environment there are gains to be had. It’s those investors that still raise the eyebrows of City professionals in admiration.

Environmental, Social, and Governance Award

‘ESG’ has never been more in focus than it has been over the past year, with the City going green at pace. But it’s not just about saying the right things, but doing them – and using innovative new products to finance them, too. From big to small, businesses are on the sustainability march.

Business of the Year

We’re looking for the best of the best – the companies that have navigated economic headwinds and come out ahead. We’re looking for smart management, growth, and a willingness to do things differently.

Personality of the Year

The final and arguably most prestigious category will see City A.M. recognise the very best of the best in the Square Mile and beyond. The City remains a global financial leader – and it does so on the back of its people. Who will be this year’s big winner?

Partners

BA Cityflyer is a wholly owned subsidiary of British Airways operating a fleet of 24 Embraer E-190 Aircraft from its hub, London City Airport. Serving 32 destinations from London City Airport, BA Cityflyer primarily visits European and domestic business hubs including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Edinburgh, and Dublin with a robust schedule catering to the needs of the business community. 

BA Cityflyer also offers Londoners year-round and seasonal direct services to popular leisure destinations such as Florence, Mykonos, Ibiza and San Sebastian among. All BA Cityflyer aircrafts are fitted with 2-2 seating configuration. 

All services departing or arriving at London City Airport offer complimentary snacks and beverages in Euro Traveller, as well as an enhanced premium experience in Club Europe. 

Ba.com/Londoncity

Aquis Exchange PLC (“Aquis”) is a creator and facilitator of next-generation financial markets, through the provision of accessible, simple and efficient stock exchanges, trading venues and technology.

Aquis consists of three divisions: Aquis Exchange, a subscription-based exchange offering pan-European cash equities trading; Aquis Technologies, which develops and licenses next-generation exchange technology globally; and Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE), a growth and regulated primary exchange delivering capital to companies via the listing and trading of shares.

Kuflink is a multi-award-winning Peer to Peer platform offering investors the opportunity to generate attractive returns by diversifying asset backed investments across a range of loan types. Our platform provides a unique opportunity for investors to receive higher returns than they would traditionally receive from savings and investments. Our experienced team provides a secure, and simple online platform to use, allowing our clients to find the right finance solution for their needs. With Kuflink, you can enjoy the reassurance of knowing that you are in good hands.

With our innovative online platform, which is FCA authorised and regulated, you can lend against these loans, that are secured against UK property, offering returns of up to 8.08% gross per annum*.  We offer a range of IF-ISA desirable options starting from £100.00. With Kuflink, you earn interest while you sleep, putting your money to work for you.  *Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose money. This is a high-risk investment. You may not be able to access your money easily and are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong.

Contemi provides technology solutions that create value for insurance providers, distributors and buy-side and sell-side firms in the evolving financial services landscape.

Contemi’s market-leading offerings digital insurance platform Seamless.insure, digital wealth management suite Wealth Intelligence, corporate actions software, post-trade processing system, client onboarding platform, and analytics tools, improve operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and create higher levels of customer satisfaction.

Founded in the UK and Norway in 2001, Contemi Solutions is now headquartered in Singapore with 11 offices across Europe, APAC & ANZ. Leveraging its global, regional, local and 20+ years of industry expertise, Contemi is delivering value to 50+ financial services organisations globally. 

For more, please visit www.contemi.com or contact info@contemi.com, or follow on LinkedIn- https://www.linkedin.com/company/contemi-solutions

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Judges

Romi Savova

Romi Savova founded PensionBee in 2014 to simplify pension savings in the UK, following a difficult pension transfer experience of her own. As the Chief Executive Officer, she has played a pivotal role in advancing consumer standards in the pensions industry, from reducing transfer times to campaigning for the full abolition of exit fees. Romi is also a member of the government’s Pensions Dashboards Programme Steering Group, which was set up to advise on the delivery of pensions dashboards. Prior to founding PensionBee, Romi worked at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Credit Benchmark, holding varied roles in risk management, investment banking and financial technology.

Roger Parry

Roger is Chairman of: Aves Enterprise (private equity); Oxford Metrics (software) and YouGov (data analytics). Non-Executive Director Uber UK. He was co-founder and Executive Chairman of MSQ Partners. CEO of Clear Channel International and More Group. Chairman of Future, Johnston Press and Shakespeare’s Globe. Director at Aegis, Chrysalis Vision, Internet Indirect, iTouch and WCRS; McKinsey consultant. Broadcaster BBC, ITV and LBC. Educated at the universities of Bristol and Oxford (now a Visiting Fellow) Awarded a CBE for services to media. Author of six books including: Anticipating Disruption and Ascent of Media.

Debbie Wosskow OBE

Debbie Wosskow OBE is a multi-exit British entrepreneur and Co-Founder of AllBright, the women’s’ careers network. She is the former founder CEO of Love Home Swap, a subscription-based home exchange business, sold to Wyndham Worldwide in 2017 for $53m. She founded and built her marketing agency Mantra, through to exit in 2007. Debbie is also a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company. She is a member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board and sits on the Board of the Women’s Fiction Prize. Debbie won the Evening Standards’ ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2018 and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2019. She is the author of the independent UK government review on the sharing economy ‘The Wosskow Report’ (2015) and is the former Chair of Sharing Economy UK. She is the Co-Author of ‘Believe, Build, Become – How to Supercharge your career’ (Virgin Books, 2019). Debbie is recognised as one of the most prominent serial entrepreneurs in the UK, known for successfully launching and scaling businesses in the areas of digital disruption, the sharing economy and female and female empowerment. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for her services to business.

David Buik 

The City wouldn’t be the City without the living legend that is David Buik. A regular commentator, his weekly fayre emails have become the stuff of lore in the Square Mile, and his championing of the value of the Square Mile during the worst of the pandemic cheered the hearts of many stuck in the spare room on a dodgy laptop. Never shy of a phrase, he’s a true City personality.

Mark Kleinman

Mark Kleinman is City Editor at Sky News and a former newspaper journalist, and is renowned as one of the finest story-getters of his generation. He has his ear to the ground in the City – and not a lot happens without him knowing about it. 

Christian May

Christian May was Editor of City A.M. from 2015 to the end of 2020, after which he became a strategy and communications consultant working with the leadership of some of the world’s largest companies  

Dominic Christian

Dominic is Global Chairman of Aon Reinsurance Solutions and a member of the Global Executive of Aon.  He is a Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s and a long-standing member of its council/board. He chairs the Inclusion@Lloyd’s Group.   Dominic is Chairman of the Sainsburys Centre of Visual Arts (SCVA) and a Director of the StandUp Foundation and of the Bermuda Society.  He is a former Chairman of ClimateWise, President of the Insurance Institute of London, Lloyd’s Tercentenary Foundation and of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He is married to Kate, a Canadian, and has two children, Joey and Julia.  His children describe his interests as family, conversation, history, architecture, football, tennis, cats and overworking. Not all are approved of. He holds an honours degree in History from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law. He is a member of the Common Council of the City of London.

Last Year’s City A.M. Awards

2022 Winners

Investor of the Year
Personality of the Year
Law Firm of the Year
Environmental, Social & Governance Award
Insurance Company of the Year
Bank of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year
Analyst of the Year
Accountancy Firm of the Year