Bordeaux, Brandreth and Brexit
Hudson Sandler was proud to sponsor and judge the UK Stock Market Awards. The awards set out to recognise all that is great about publicly-listed British firms, the equity market in which they choose to operate and their contribution to the United Kingdom’s economy. All lofty and aspirational stuff. However at its heart is the simple premise of establishing who is truly creating shareholder value whilst continuing to outperform their peers.
Hudson Sandler Director and ‘Stock Market Award’ Judge Charlie Jack reports back on an evening of competition and City celebration:
With the runners and riders all assembled in black tie at The Sheraton Park Lane Hotel on London’s Piccadilly, there was a sense of real excitement as over 350 gathered to find out which Plc’s, individuals and advisors had really cut the mustard. Having been on the judging panel I could vouch for the quality of the analysis that went into choosing the winners. The judges included, amongst others, top bods from Liberum, Panmure Gordon, KPMG, Killik, Equiniti and the host publisher Shares Magazine.
We at Hudson Sandler were delighted to show off our credentials, hosting a table that boasted senior figures from the world of leisure with the top brass from Rank, Greggs, 32Red, Canaccord Genuity, Rothschild, Nichols, Greene King and the Daily Telegraph all joining HS hosts Kate Hoare and Alex Brennan.
Compère and host for the evening Gyles Brandreth was quick to present the attributes of the award winners, albeit with many leaving the stage, gong in hand, with a deflated ego as a result of his acerbic wit. Last laugh went to Roger Whiteside CEO of Greggs, whose leadership saw the nation’s favourite food on the go retailer leave with best retailer award, that I was delighted to hand over. (This made Brandreth’s reference to me, whilst on stage, as ‘Tintin’ a little easier to bear). Other nominated Hudson Sandler clients included 32Red, Greene King, Bilby and Hudson Sandler itself. A great night for the agency.
Talk amongst fund managers was of certain IPOs being a bellwether for the broader state of investment confidence ahead of the Brexit vote. A CEO of a leading City institution expressed real nerves on the topic having surveyed clients who forecast the outcome as being very tight. There was no doubting it is firmly front of mind in the Square Mile. Meanwhile companies, however hard they tried, could hardly fail to suffer from the green eyed monster with soar away success Fevertree Drinks scooping company of the year and its CEO Tim Warrillow CEO of the year. Your Hudson Sandler hosts, along with Tim, thought it only appropriate to be the last to leave the hotel bar…