Grant Thornton takes top honours at regional corporate finance awards for sixth successive year


Financial and business advisers Grant Thornton has been named Corporate Finance Advisory Firm of the Year for the sixth year in a row at Insider’s Central and East of England Dealmakers Awards 2017.

The accolade recognises the outstanding work of Grant Thornton’s Northampton based team, the largest in the region which has had another successful twelve monthssupporting high levels of transactions in terms of both deal volume and value. Highlights include the sale of Heating Plumbing Supplies to Marlowe and the acquisition of Woodway Packaging by Bunzl.

“It has been another hugely successful year for us and winning the top accolade for the sixth time in a row at the Dealmaker of the Year Awards is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every one of our team.”

In addition to being named as the leading advisory firm in the region, Grant Thornton’s Stuart Davies scooped Young Dealmaker of the year. The judges were impressed by the number of deals Stuart supported over the past 12 months and his ability to take the lead on key transactions. They also recognised his recent promotion to Associate Director as a strong achievement for someone under 30.

Commenting on the awards, Grant Thornton’s Phil Sharpe said: “It has been another hugely successful year for us and winning the top accolade for the sixth time in a row at the Dealmaker of the Year Awards is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of every one of our team. I would also like to congratulate Stuart Davies on his much deserved recognition and the instrumental role he has played in key deals throughout the year.

“We have been heavily investing in our team across the region to ensure we continue to offer the highest levels of expertise and local knowledge to dynamic, fast growing businesses. The combined depth of experience we have is demonstrated by the strong results we have achieved for our clients.”

Phil added: “There has been a lot of talk about the challenges facing businesses in this current uncertain economic environment but the deal market over the past twelve months has demonstrated for many firms it is ‘business as usual’. Whilst activity hasn’t quite reached the record breaking heights of last year, businesses continue to remain optimistic about their future prospects.”

The annual Insider Central and East of England Dealmakers Awards was held on Thursday 9 November at the Doubletree by Hilton in Milton Keynes and recognise the achievements of the region’s top performers in the corporate finance sector over the last year.