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UK companies dominate Cleantech Connect 2012 Awards

UK comes out on top as European clean technology companies are recognised

London, UK – 22 November 2012: The ten fastest-growing and most innovative cleantech companies in Europe were awarded special recognition last Thursday at Cleantech Connect 2012, with over half of the awards being picked up by UK companies.

Amongst the UK winners were Southampton based water pressure management company i2O Water, who picked up the Judges Award for being a leading contender in all categories, and London based global water treatment company, Bluewater Bio, who won the Ones to Watch award for the most promising emerging company. The Unique Leadership Award was a UK clean sweep, with the CEOs of AlertMe, Enecsys, E-Leather and Smarter Grid Solutions all being recognised.

Elsewhere, Finland based LED lighting company Valoya won the Fastest Growing Company category with a huge annual growth rate of 408%, and RTR Rete Rinnovabile, the largest Italian producer of solar electricity, was awarded the Fastest Growing Larger Company award for its staggering growth rate of 1061%.

The fastest growing larger and smaller companies were ranked by growth, according to their audited financial results for the last three years. Andre Shortell, Partner at GP Bullhound, explained: “The compound annual growth rates have been tremendous, averaging a whopping 130% for the larger companies and 66% for the younger ones, particularly impressive considering how much harder it is to grow as a bigger company.”

Winners of the 2012 Cleantech Connect 2012 Awards, organised by leading technology investment bank GP Bullhound, included:

One to Watch: Bluewater Bio (London, UK. Provides global water and wastewater treatment technology)
Fastest Growing Company: Valoya (Helsinki, Finland. Provides energy efficient LED growth lights for horticultural purposes)
Fastest Growing Larger Company: RTR Rete Rinnovabile (Rome, Italy. Largest Italian producer of solar electricity)
Most Innovative Company Award: Lucibel (Rueil-Malmaison, France. Produces new generation lighting products and solutions)
Best Global Potential Award: Newlisi (Milan, Italy. Process disaggregates the sludge coming from wastewater)
Judges Award: i2O Water (Southampton, UK. Advanced water pressure management systems)
Unique Leadership Award: Mary Turner, AlertMe (Reading, UK. Provides comprehensive energy solutions)
Unique Leadership Award: Mike Fister, Enecsys (Cambridge, UK. Produces grid-connected solar micro inverters and monitoring systems)
Unique Leadership Award: Chris McBean, E-Leather (Peterborough, UK. Provides high performance recycled natural leather)
Unique Leadership Award: Alan Gooding, Smarter Grid Solutions (Glasgow, UK. Provides electricity network operators with comprehensive solutions)

Andre Shortell commented: “The cleantech industry is becoming less standalone and incorporated into main line industry as strategic players such as GE, BP, Siemens and BASF progressively continue their efforts to become more resource efficient and profitable at the same time. To be successful, technologies can’t just be green, technologies need to function better, cost less and have a mass adoption potential.”

“We expect to see a significant pick up in M&A in the next 24 months, with the majority of European companies in the sector yet to exit. Considering the growth rates and revenue potential of the leading quartile, we anticipate some sizeable deals.”


About GP Bullhound:
GP Bullhound, the pan-European technology investment banking group with offices in London, San Francisco, Stockholm and Berlin, has served companies and their founders and investors since 1999.

We provide world-class advice on mergers & acquisitions and private/public placement as well as research and asset management to a diverse range of corporate clients, institutional investors and high net worth individuals. We are industry experts, specialising in digital media, eCommerce, gaming, social, online marketing, application and infrastructure software, consumer devices, integrated technology, telecommunication, solar, water and energy efficiency.

With a true love for European entrepreneurship and innovation coupled with deep global buyer relations within Digital and Greentech, we have completed marquee transactions for many digital leaders such as, Apertio, AudioAsics,, CLX Networks, Cramer Systems, Funcom,,,, Player X, Nanoradio, Neonode, Newbay, The Cloud, and Tradedoubler as well as Greentech innovators including Concentrix, Heliatek, Bluewater Bio, Xjet Solar and many more.

We have an international team of 30 experienced corporate financiers focused on the technology sector, and as a firm we have closed over 120 successful transactions since 1999.

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