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Shaw & Co Nominated For Three Awards At The 2021 South West Business Leader Awards

Business Leader's South West Awards is the landmark event in the professional services and corporate finance calendar in the region. The region's leading businesses will be in attendance, making this the premier networking opportunity for professional services in the South West.

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Karl Blockwell

Shaw & Co, the specialist corporate finance advisory firm, has been shortlisted for three awards at the 2021 South West Business Leader Awards.

Now in their ninth year, the awards highlight the leading companies and individuals that are driving growth in the South West region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also providing a platform for entrepreneurs and businesses to celebrate their success.

Shaw & Co has been shortlisted in the ‘Business of the Year (1-10 Employees)’ and ‘Advisory Firm of the Year’ categories while Jim Shaw, the company’s CEO and Founder, has been nominated for the ‘Business Leader of the Year’ award.

Key highlights of the company’s entries include:

  • Pivoting the company’s services to focus on supporting CBILS (Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme) and CLBILS (Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme) applications for businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The team advised over 700 business owners, helping them to access over £35m of funding.
  • Despite the impact of the pandemic, Shaw & Co grew its revenue in FY2020 by 54% to a record £2.0m.
  • In the last 12 months CEO Jim Shaw has managed five major deals in the South West region with a combined deal value of £66m. These include the sale of Senta to the billion-pound IRIS Software Group, the sale of Keep IT Simple Limited (KITS) to The Panoply Holdings PLC, and the sale of Smartbox to CareTech Holdings PLC (October 2020).

Shaw & Co is also sponsoring the Customer Excellence Award at the event which is open to outstanding customer champions - businesses that operate customer-centric organisations. The shortlist for this year’s award is:

  • British Corner Shop
  • Complete I.T.
  • Cook Corporate Solicitors
  • MW Funeral Directors
  • Pelican Business Services
  • Right at Home North Somerset
  • Key Solutions Mortgages

Our whole company ethos is centered around our clients and ensuring that their ambitions are turned into greater outcomes."
Jim Shaw
Founder & CEO, Shaw & Co

Shaw continues: "These awards nominations would not be possible without our clients as they have provided us with the opportunity to demonstrate our range of industry-leading skills and expertise; be it in acquisition and exit strategies, securing finance for growth projects, or selling a business. Of course, these nominations are also testimony to the hard work and dedication of the Shaw & Co team who have excelled in the most trying of circumstances over the last 12 months. They have been outstanding and fully deserve to be recognised."

“Finally, we are also pleased to be sponsoring the award that celebrates the region’s most outstanding customer champions. This last year has been particularly difficult for all businesses in terms of meeting customer expectations in what have been incredibly challenging market conditions.”

Hosting this year’s awards is comedian and television personality Tom Allen whose unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling has seen him become a household name in the UK.

The event takes place at 6pm on Thursday 23 September at Ashton Gate. For further information visit

Karl Blockwell
Communications Manager
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