AES International left yesterday evening’s (15th May, 2013) Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 2012 conference and awards dinner, held at Sir Richard Branson’s Oxfordshire home, with two awards in one night. Represented by Chief Executive Officer Sam Instone and Chief Operating Officer John Viney, the firm was presented with the Best Management Award by Fast Track sponsors RSM Tenon on behalf of all those in leadership roles within AES; and an award for exceptional, exponential growth.
Leaders from the 100 fastest-growing 2.8 million UK businesses were present at the evening. AES came 4th place out of 2.8 million companies in the 2012 list, ahead of other companies including Jamie Oliver’s chain of Italian restaurants, UK Energy suppliers and international Foreign Exchange brokers. AES also surpassed their own 2011 entry at 11th on the list, granting them the envious achievement of having the highest consecutive ranking, and being the first ever financial services firm to rise in a fast-track ranking.
Richard Branson then went on to say, ‘If there’s one quality I look for in any business I work with, it’s the quality of the management team.’ In a packed audience including chairmen and founders from Aston Martin, Innocent Drinks, and Jack Wills; RSM Tenon’s Chris Merry went on to praise the leadership of the company adding, ‘AES embodies integrity, professionalism and trust. It is fitting that AES should win this prestigious award based upon the strong management team and cultural ethos they have built.’
CEO Sam Instone commented, ‘This is amazing recognition of the great efforts of those in leadership at AES, of the personal investment to positively change an industry into a profession and to break the unfortunately common model within international financial services of the selfish manager by demonstrating selfless leadership with an alternative approach.’
John Viney added, ‘To be recognised as the very best management team within the top 100 companies out of 2.8 million by both Sir Richard Branson and RSM Tenon demonstrates the unparalleled opportunities available to the entire international financial services marketplace, and advisers alike. We are incredibly proud to be ground-breaking market leaders as we pioneer new advances in financial services. As we look forward, we are very excited about how this translates to a real future for our partners across the world.’