pro.manchester joins forces with The Rainmaker Awards and Out There Events are pleased to announce a strategic partnership with pro.manchester for The Rainmaker Awards.

The Rainmaker Awards, a joint venture between the online regional business news provider and Out There, is a community-led corporate finance awards to recognise the excellence of the sector in the North West.

Richard Hughes from Zeus Capital was voted the first ever North West Rainmaker in recognition of the firm’s outstanding year of public market deals, which included the AIM IPO of fashion website

The partnership will see working closely with pro.manchester on its respected annual corporate finance review and corporate finance lunch, and on the research process for The Rainmaker Awards judging process.

Chris Barry, editor of in the North West said: “We were delighted with the response to our Rainmaker Awards this year and to see so many of pro.manchester’s members not only present but nominated for awards.

“Our partnership with pro.manchester makes sense and will make The Rainmaker Awards stronger as we look forward to the formal launch of the 2015 awards early next year.”

Marcie Incarico managing director of Out There Events added: “The Rainmaker Awards is about celebrating the success of the corporate finance community and so it is pleasing to welcome pro.manchester – a major part of that community – as a partner for the awards.”

John Ashcroft, chief executive of pro.manchester said: “The corporate finance community is an important part of our core pro.manchester membership and it’s great to be partnering with and Out There Events to include The Rainmaker Awards in our programme for 2015.

“We also look forward to working with on our Corporate Finance Review, The Corporate Finance Lunch in February 2015 and a series of private equity dinners.”