RD:IR sponsors award at IR Magazine European Awards


At a glittering gala event held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London on 22 July 2016, IR professionals from around Europe gathered for the IR Magazine European Awards.  

RD:IR sponsored the Rising Star Award, a new category for IR professionals under 35 who bring fresh thinking and a unique approach to the profession.  Mark Robinson, Senior Client Manager (European Issuer Services) represented RD:IR and was on hand to award Martin Kjær Hansen from ISS A/S with the award.

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 Martin Kjær Hansen (ISS A/S) with Mark Robinson (RD:IR)

Source: IR Magazine 


A full list of the award winners can be found below, and RD:IR takes this opportunity to congratulate all nominees and everyone who went home with a prize.

The full list of winners:

Best investor event Unilever
Best use of multimedia for IR Deutsche EuroShop
Rising star Martin Kjær Hansen, ISS 
Best use of technology  Iberdrola 
Best sustainability practice Unilever
Best IR by region: Central & Eastern Europe ČEZ Group
Best IR by region: Germany  Continental 
Best IR by region: Northern Europe Novo Nordisk
Best IR by region: Southern Europe Iberdrola 
Best IR by region: UK & Ireland Unilever
Best IR by region: Western Europe Roche Holding
Best IR by sector: Communications Deutsche Telekom         
Best IR by sector: Consumer discretionary Continental 
Best IR by sector: Consumer staples Unilever
Best IR by sector: Energy Galp Energia
Best IR by sector: Financials Allianz                  
Best IR by sector: Healthcare Novo Nordisk
Best IR by sector: Industrials Deutsche Post DHL
Best IR by sector: Materials BASF               
Best IR by sector: Technology  Amadeus 
Best IR by sector: Utilities Iberdrola 
Grand prix for best overall investor relations (small cap) REN ‒ Redes Energéticas Nacionais
Grand prix for best overall investor relations (mid-cap) RWE                      
Grand prix for best overall investor relations (large cap) Novo Nordisk

RD:IR sponsors Best Investor Communication Award at PLC Awards

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The 30th PLC Awards was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on the 3rd March 2016.  The prestigious event, sponsored by PWC, is held annually to recognise success and achievement amongst publicly quoted companies in the UK.

RD:IR were delighted to sponsor the Best Investor Communication Award at the PLC Awards, this year attended by roughly 1000 representatives including CEOs, Finance Directors, investment bankers, fund managers, analysts and corporate advisors. 

Richard Davies, Managing Director of RD:IR and a member of the voting panel for the awards, was on hand to present the award to Derek Harding and Bindi Foyle from Senior Plc.

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From left: Stephanie Hyde (PwC); Richard Davies (RD:IR); Derek Harding & Bindi Foyle (Senior plc –  winner); The Rt. Hon. Lord Hague of Richmond; and Kate Silverton


The shortlisted contenders included several of RD:IR’s clients including Senior plc, Betfair Group plc, Laird plc, Clipper Logistics plc, Micro Focus International plc and UDG Healthcare plc.

Our congratulations go to the shortlisted contenders and winners (highlighted) of the 2015 PLC Awards, shown below.

Best Investor Communication Award (Sponsored by RD:IR)

  • Genus plc
  • Go-Ahead Group plc
  • Great Portland Estates plc
  • Senior plc

Best Performing Share Award

Winner: Betfair Group plc

Fund Manager of the Year Award

Winner: Colin McLean – SVM UK Emerging Fund plc

Achievement in Sustainability Award

  • Costain Group plc
  • Interserve plc
  • Petra Diamonds Ltd 
  • Ricardo plc

Best Technology Award

  • Genus plc
  • Laird plc 
  • Sophos Group plc
  • Zotefoams plc

Turnaround of the Year Award

  • e2v technologies plc
  • Greggs plc
  • Laird plc
  • SuperGroup plc 

New Company of the Year Award

  • Auto Trader Group plc
  • Kainos Group plc
  • Sanne Group plc 
  • Wizz Air Holdings plc

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

  • Steve Parkin/Clipper Logistics plc
  • Rod Flavell/FDM Group (Holdings) plc
  • Peter Cowgill/JD Sports Fashion plc
  • Joel Leonoff/Paysafe Group plc

Company of the Year Award

  • Betfair Group plc
  • Micro Focus International plc
  • RPC Group plc
  • UDG Healthcare plc

Richard Davies moderates IR Seminar on Governance

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On 7 October, Richard Davies, Managing Director of RD:IR, moderated the IR Society’s second 2015 Corporate Governance Seminar.  Hosted by Instinctif, the 40-strong audience heard from a knowledgeable panel of speakers on topics broadly around the theme of “Collective Engagement: the next step in Governance”

The event was kicked off by a panel including representatives from The Investor Forum, a body formed following the recommendations of the Kay Review and subsequent Collective Engagement Working Group (a group established by the ABI, IMA and NAPF); Emily Carey, BP; and David Trenchard, David Trenchard Consulting.  The Investor Forum is an investor-led organisation, whose governance is independent of any trade association, and which was represented on the panel by Simon Fraser (Chairman), Andy Griffiths (Executive Director) & Phineas Glover (Senior Advisor).  The three speakers outlined the purpose for the formation of The Investor Forum, namely to position stewardship at the heart of investment decision-making by facilitating dialogue, creating long-term solutions and enhancing value.  They also talked through the engagement process, explaining how they would typically get involved in helping companies and investors to agree courses of action to achieve their stated goals in a confidential environment.  Following the presentation, a discussion between the panel and participants from the audience ensued, with several different points of view being aired and addressed by The Investor Forum team.

The next presentation was given jointly by David Trenchard, David Trenchard Consulting and Cas Sydorowitz, Georgeson on “Framing Activist Risk”.  They compared the typical US model of activist investment against the European model, as well as examining the difference on how activism is perceived in both geographies.  There were some fascinating insights and behind the scenes information about how activist funds operate, and real examples of companies who had successfully defended themselves against activism.

Mark Robinson, Senior Client Manager for EMEA Issuers, RD:IR, followed with a talk on Depositary Receipts (DR’s) and the governance issues surrounding this equity instrument.  He highlighted, among other issues, the lack of transparency in ownership as something for companies to consider when issuing DRs.  Representatives from depository banks in the audience contributed views and insights from their perspective to provide a useful background to the topic.

Finally, Will Pomroy, representing the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), posed the question “Where is the workforce in corporate reporting?”  His presentation looked at how companies regularly report on directors’ remuneration in their annual reporting but seldom report in any depth on other workforce metrics.  He argued that “for long-term investors, conversations about the people that constitute the workforce are crucial to understanding a company’s culture, how well a company is functioning and whether warning lights are beginning to flash”.


RD:IR Sponsors Best Communications at 2015 AIM Awards

The 20th annual AIM Awards Dinner took place on 8th August 2015 at Old Billingsgate, a striking City location overlooking Tower Bridge and the Thames.  Attended by well over 1,200 guests drawn from the companies and professional advisors of the AIM Market, the evening celebrated AIM as a platform for smaller and more entrepreneurial companies to grow and fulfil their strategies.

The compere for the evening was Bev Turner, LBC presenter and journalist, and entertainment was provided by Dara Ó Briain, the Irish comedian, who had the audience in stitches with his rapid-fire delivery.

RD:IR was pleased to sponsor an award for the first time – the Best Communication Award which recognises a company’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively with shareholders and  potential investors.  Amongst the areas being judged were the website, the annual report, regulatory news and press releases and the appropriate utilisation of social media.  The judging panel was looking for clarity, honesty, timeliness and consistency of messaging throughout all the company’s communications during the period from 1st August 2014 to 31st July 2015.

The panel shortlisted four companies for the award – Breedon Aggregates, Cohort, EMIS and Imperial Innovations, and it was Imperial Innovations that was announced the winner.  Jon Davies, IRO was presented his award by Richard Davies (Managing Director, RD:IR),  David Snell (Partner & AIM Leader, PwC) and Bev Turner.


From left to right: Richard Davies (RD:IR), David Snell (PwC), Bev Turner (awards presenter) and Jon Davies (Imperial Innovations Group plc)

From left to right:
Richard Davies (RD:IR), David Snell (PwC), Bev Turner (awards presenter) and Jon Davies (Imperial Innovations Group plc)


RD:IR would like to congratulate all of the shortlisted companies and the successful winners at the 2015 AIM Awards:

  • Best Communication Award – Imperial Innovations Group plc
  • Best Performing Share Award – Victoria plc
  • Best Use of AIM Award – Ideagen plc
  • Best Technology Award – Advanced Oncotherapy plc
  • AIM Transaction of the Year Award – Optimal Payments plc
  • Best Performer Over 20 Years – ASOS plc
  • Best Research Award – finnCap
  • International Company of the Year Award – Hutchison China Meditech Ltd
  • Best Newcomer Award – Fevertree Drinks plc
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Clinigen plc
  • Company of the Year Award – CVS Group plc


RD:IR introduces new Investor Access department


Leading global investor relations consultancy, Richard Davies Investor Relations (RD:IR), is delighted to announce the creation of its new Investor Access department. Seasoned IR professional, Jenni Herbert, has joined RD:IR to lead the department in the newly formed position of Head of Access. Jenni brings with her a wealth of experience, having worked in the financial markets for over twenty years, most recently with investment banking house, Liberum, where she built up its corporate access function. 

With increasing regulatory pressures being placed on investment banks by the FCA, the traditional model of corporate access is undergoing considerable changes, and RD:IR has identified an increasing opportunity to help companies manage their relationships with stakeholders and potential investors in a way that complements the services provided by their advisors.

RD:IR is already widely recognised for the excellence of its shareholder analysis and targeting campaigns and the company is planning to use its proprietary data to give an added layer of insight and advice to clients, in order to help them engage with, and manage their shareholders and targets in a cost and time effective way. Furthermore, the focus that the team are putting into winning pan-European business also translates into opportunities to introduce investors to clients outside the UK.

Asked to comment on her new role, Jenni said, “I am delighted to have joined the team at RD:IR. I have worked in the City with companies in a variety of advisory roles during the past ten years and hope to bring this experience to bear in a new and holistic offering at RD:IR, helping its existing clients and attracting future opportunities.”

For further information regarding RD:IR’s investor access services please contact Jenni Herbert on +44 20 7492 0540 or