Britain's Most Admired Companies 2013: Speciality and other finance

It's been a vintage year for UK IPOs. Can the same be said of the companies that bought into them?

Winner Hargreaves Lansdown, the online supermarket for stocks and shares, has had a bumper year, thanks to the growth in DIY investing and Royal Mail's hugely popular flotation. It's also joint winner of the innovation award. Last year's victor, Asian equity specialist Aberdeen Asset Management, is second, but after its headline-grabbing £550m acquisition of Scottish Widows from Lloyd's - making it the largest listed fund manager in Europe - it could well reclaim the crown next year. Ashmore has seen sustained investor appetite for its emerging market funds: assets under management have risen 22% to $77.4bn. Spread-betting outfit IG Group is growing, with new offices in Ireland and Norway. Profits reached £192m, up from £186m last year.

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