June 30


The Midland Hotel, Manchester



Afterparty at The Alchemist

11pm – 2am



Single Ticket – £130 + VAT

Half Table (5) – £600 + VAT

Full Table (10) – £1100 + VAT



Please email events@thebusinessdesk.com for enquiries






Charity Partner

The Rainmaker Awards return in 2022 to celebrate the achievements of the North West’s corporate finance community.

The evening celebrates the achievements of leading individuals and teams and the best deals of the year.

The awards are different because the shortlists and winners are chosen by the community.

The shortlist is created at a judging day with more than 30 senior professionals and the winners selected by people voting, with each firm getting one vote.

Shelina Begum, North West editor, said: “This is our eighth Rainmaker Awards and has become a must-attend event for the region’s corporate finance community.

“The North West deals community has continued to be one of the most active with deals being completed across a range of sectors from the vibrant tech sector to the region’s well-established manufacturing and industrials sector.

“It’s certainly been another busy year for corporate financiers and private equity investors.

“The Rainmaker Awards reflect the strength and depth of the regional market and is a reflection of the achievements of what we know is the most vibrant, innovative and skilled professional community in the regions.”

The Rainmaker Awards brings together 300 people from across the deals community and is a great evening of relaxed networking. It takes place on June 30, 2022 at The Midland and tickets are on sale now – BOOK NOW.



Legal Team

Addleshaw Goddard


Hill Dickinson

Pinsent Masons

Squire Patton Boggs

Corporate Finance Team

Clearwater International

Grant Thornton

Houlihan Lokey


MHA Moore & Smalley

Zeus Capital

VC/Private Equity Team


ECI Partners

Foresight Group


Palatine Private Equity




OakNorth Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Tosca Debt Capital


Deals under £15m

Arete made a significant investment in education digital platform Vivify

Fintech business BankiFi secured £2.2m from Praetura Ventures and GMCA

Connect 2 Cleanrooms acquired by US-based Angstrom

Apprentify acquired Netcom Training, backed by £5m investment from BGF

APEM bought Irish business AQUAFACT, its second acquisition in seven months

Private Company Deal

LDC took a minority stake in healthcare specialist PAM

AI company Peak raised $75m in Series C funding

Matillion raised $150m in a funding round led by General Atlantic

Prime Global bought HCD Economics following investment from Levine Leichtman Capital

LDC invested £25m for minority stake in CTI

Public Markets Deal

Wejo joined the NASDAQ through a deal with special purpose acquisition company Virtuoso Acquisition

Identity specialist GB Group bought American group Acuant, supported by a £305m placing

musicMagpie floated on AIM, raising £110m

Victorian Plumbing floated on AIM, raising nearly £300m

LadBible owner LBG Media raised £111m as it floated on AIM

Private Equity Exit

Seneca Partners exited Wejo when the tech company joined the NASDAQ

Palatine achieved a 3.7x return from Verdant Leisure, when it was sold to Pears Partnership Capital

BGF exited Kids Planet with a 3x return when it was bought by Fremman Capital

LDC exited SRL Traffic Systems, when it was sold to 3i Infrastructure

DA Languages was bought by IK Partners, with Foresight exiting

M&A Deal

Inflexion bought ANS, to combine with existing investment UKFast

EG Group and TDR Capital’s £6.8bn takeover of Asda

Just Childcare was sold to Kids Foundation, with Phoenix exiting

Confused.com owner RVU bought Manchester-based Mojo Mortgages.

Daisy Group acquired XLN Telecom in a £210m deal

International Deal

Chemical manufacturer Sentinel Performance Solutions was bought by Dutch company Aalberts

US group Acuant bought identity verification specialist Hello Soda

Radius Payment Solutions acquired Californian insuretech business Modus

Identity specialist GB Group bought American group Acuant, supported by a £305m placing

Blue Prism was acquired by US fintech giant SS&C for £1.24bn


Rising Star (under 35)

Pete Barkley – WestBridge

Hayley Brightmore – Knight Transaction Services

Harry Jones – BGF

Jacob Leone – LDC

Lizzy Tindall – Eversheds Sutherland


Claire Alvarez – Foresight Group

Beth Houghton – Palatine Private Equity

Nicola Merritt – Cortus Advisory

Charlotte Potts – Rickitt Mitchell

Jill Williams – Mercia


Dale Alderson – LDC

Mark Clephan – EY

Neil Inskip – BGF

Dominic Orsini – Houlihan Lokey

Oliver Tebbutt – Deloitte