The South Coast’s corporate finance sector celebrated the region’s dealmaking at the 2019 Solent Deals Awards.
Nearly 300 guests attended the awards evening, staged by The Business Magazine at the Hilton Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
The region’s advisers, lawyers, banks and investors joined company management teams, founders and shareholders for the celebration of the year’s best achievements.
The awards highlighted how the 71 finalists across 14 award categories are creating value for shareholders and boosting the region’s economy.
Peter Laurie, head of client relations at The Business Magazine, said: “M&A activity was up in 2018 – and in the early part of 2019 there are signs that this could be a record year.
“Brexit has given the market a sustained momentum, with business owners spurred into action, plus there is evidence of overseas companies acquiring strong local businesses in this region.”
The awards were sponsored by AIB, BDB Pitmans, BDO, Bibby Financial Services, Blake Morgan, Clarke Willmott, CMA Recruitment Group, Coffin Mew, Ethos Partners, HSBC, Meridian, Quantuma and Taylor Made Computer Solutions.
The evening was hosted by Mark Durden-Smith, who has presented ITV’s This Morning, is a regular guest presenter on BBC Radio London’s The Breakfast Show, and has hosted Sky’s rugby coverage.
Generous donations from guests on the night raised over £2,600 for Brain Tumour Research, the charity dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours.