Ambition Nation Listed 50 Awards: The Winners

The winners of Ambition Nation Listed 50 Awards have been announced, with Kainos and Future the major winners

by Management Today Staff
Last Updated: 02 Oct 2019

Kainos was recognised as the ‘Overall top ranking’ company and Future won ‘Overall best performing’ company at the Ambition Nation Listed 50 Awards today. Other winners included K3 Capital who were the top ranked ‘Financial’ company, On The Beach was the top ranked ‘Consumer’ company, while Tristel took home the gong in the ‘Best of the rest’ category.

The timing of the launch of Ambition Nation Listed 50 came just days after the market entered its most severe correction since the 2008 financial crisis. In Q4 2018 alone, the FTSE AIM all share fell 22% and the FTSE Small Cap index fell 11%, with Growth companies particularly hard hit.

Against this difficult market backdrop, the best performing share price was Future with a stunning total return of 179%, thus making it the best performing ‘Best of the rest’ company as well. Sanderson (+63%) was the best performing ‘Tech’ company, Hotel Chocolat (+24%) was the best performing ‘Consumer’ company, while Liontrust (+23%) was the best performing ‘Financials’ company.

Despite some slight recovery in markets over the following months, the average of the two aforementioned indicies in the year to September 2019 is minus 13%. Any company that generated a positive share price return in the past year performed well. In fact, the Listed 50 companies on average delivered a total return of minus 8% (thus outperforming the wider market by 5%), with 29 of the 50 companies outperforming the wider market.

The aim of Ambition Nation Listed 50 is to identify and celebrate those UK-listed smaller companies that offer the best blend of growth and quality.

2019 winners list:

Top ranked company: Overall

Kainos

Top ranked company: Technology

Kainos

 

Top ranked company: Consumer

On The Beach

 

Top ranked company: Financials

K3 Capital

 

Top ranked company: Best of the rest

Tristel

 

Best performing company: Overall

Future 

 

Best performing company: Technology

Sanderson Group

 

Best performing company: Consumer

Hotel Chocolat

 

Best performing company: Financials

Liontrust Asset Management

 

Best performing company: Best of the rest

Future

 

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