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Shaw & Co Shortlisted for Three Awards at Insider South West’s Annual Dealmaker Awards

Insider’s South West Dealmakers Awards dinner is the landmark event in the professional services and corporate finance calendar in the region. The region's leading banking, funding, legal and accountancy communities 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 this week’s Insider South West Annual Dealmaker Awards.

The annual wards celebrate the standout deals in the region over the past 12 months, recognising and rewarding the wealth of talent across its corporate finance and dealmaking community.

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Shaw & Co has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Corporate Finance Advisory Team of the Year

The Shaw & Co team focussed 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 500 business owners, helping them to access over £35m of funding.

  • Deal of the Year

Shaw & Co advised on the acquisition of Bristol-based Senta, the cloud-based practice management software for accountants and bookkeepers, by IRIS Software Group, one of the UK’s largest privately held software companies. The deal saw Shaw & Co support Senta’s management team on the end-to-end trade sale process, ensuring that they obtained the optimum deal in a transaction process that took just eight weeks from offer acceptance to completion.

  • Dealmaker of the Year

Meanwhile, Jim Shaw, Founder and CEO of Shaw & Co, has also been nominated in the ‘Dealmaker of the Year’ category. In the last 12 months Jim has managed five major deals in the South West region with a combined deal value of £66m. These include the aforementioned 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).

"I would also like to thank the team at Shaw & Co who have risen to the many challenges of the last 18 months with determination and vigour."
Jim Shaw
Founder & CEO, Shaw & Co

Jim Shaw, Founder and CEO of Shaw & Co said: “The South West  region comprises a host of great businesses and a huge array of talent so it is particularly pleasing to have been nominated for three awards. I would particularly like to thank our clients as they have provided us with a platform that has enabled us to demonstrate our skills and expertise, be it in acquisition and exit strategies, securing finance for growth projects, or selling a business.

“I would also like to thank the team at Shaw & Co who have risen to the many challenges of the last 18 months with determination and vigour. Good luck all those on the shortlist - hopefully we will carry off one of the winner’s trophies on the night!”

The ceremony takes place this Wednesday 15 September at the Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel. For further information visit

Karl Blockwell
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