300 entries for Deals Awards
More than 300 nominations have been submitted for the Deals Awards, the major corporate finance event in the south
Judges met last month to assess the entries and decide a shortlist of finalists for the event, which takes place at Oakley Hall (pictured), Oakley, near Basingstoke, on April 26.
Corporate finance advisers, lawyers, bankers, private equity specialists and other dealmakers will gather at Oakley Hall for the Thames Valley & Solent Deals Awards 2012.
Full details and all the winners will appear first on www.dealsawards.co.uk
and a full report will appear in the May issue of The Business Magazine.
Categories include Management Team of the Year, Corporate Finance Team and Adviser, Bank and Banker, Law Firm and Lawyer, VC Firm, plus Dealmaker and Deal of the Year.
Sponsors include PwC, HSBC, Leumi ABL, Grant Thornton, Lloyds Bank Corporate, HMT Corporate Finance, Lamport Bassitt, Pitmans, Barclays Corporate and The Business Magazine.
The event will be presented by comedian Dominic Holland, back by popular request after his success three years ago.
Winners of the Deal and Dealmaker categories will be decided by guests on the night using an electronic voting mechanism.
Public sector contract awarded
The Audit Commission has announced the provisional award of audit services’ contracts covering local authorities and the NHS in the south west to Grant Thornton.
The five-year contracts, awarded on the basis of audit quality and value, will begin in September and 300 professionals from the Audit Commission will transfer to join the existing team delivering the work. Grant Thornton will be expanding its public sector graduate recruitment programme and recruiting IT and other public sector specialists to support its enlarged practice.
Norman Armstrong, head of audit in Southampton, said: “The Audit Commission has recognised the high quality of our work, the value for money we offer and our capacity and flexibility in delivering contracts of this size. This procurement process was designed to achieve efficiencies while maintaining high quality. We have a positive reputation in the public sector, based on our deep understanding of the market, commitment to quality and delivering value-for-money. That we have been awarded such a high proportion of the audits is recognition of our success in working in partnership with clients.
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“We look forward to welcoming new colleagues on board and are confident that we will offer them a great opportunity to influence the future shape of local public audit.“
Added Stephen Mills, office managing partner in Southampton: “That we have been so successful in such a detailed, competitive process, which compared firms of all sizes on a level playing field, demonstrates the strength of our current position and provides evidence that we can achieve ambitious future growth targets.“
Other areas the firm has been provisionally awarded contracts in include: the West Midlands; the North West; London (south), Surrey and Kent.
MaxAd cuts costs of recruitment
A new online company is using the Internet to transform the way businesses go about finding the skilled people they need.
Petersfield-based MaxAd is leveraging the benefits of cyberspace both to identify and reach suitable candidates for companies, and in doing so, cutting the cost of recruitment by up to 90%.
“Finding the right employee is a challenge, but with increasing numbers of people going online to search for jobs, the potential talent
pool is huge. However this in itself can create problems,“ said Matthew Fernandez, director of MaxAd (pictured left).
“We use systems developed to navigate our way around cyberspace, to identify the best online jobs outlets and social media sites for clients, and to search for individuals who fit the desired skills profile.“
After telephone screening, a shortlist is emailed to clients, with support through to the point of a successful hire.
THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE – SOLENT & SOUTH CENTRAL – APRIL 2012
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