The highlight of the Invoice Finance and Asset-based Lending (IF/ABL) calendar, this black-tie gala dinner (in association with Hilton-Baird Group) is a gathering of leaders from across the industry for a three-course meal, after a hiatus during the pandemic. There will be real cause for celebration this year as we welcome two years' worth of course graduates and congratulate the sector's top students. 

The IF/ABL Diploma Programme is one of the most important and respected areas of the UK Finance learning portfolio. This popular awards ceremony recognises the incredible achievements of students from UK Finance member firms. Colleagues of all levels will be able to attend and celebrate the successes of their rising stars. The evening will include a welcome drinks reception entertainment, networking and celebrations.

Established for many years, this year the event will return to the spectacular art deco Sheraton Grand London Park Lane.

The awards that will be presented include:

  • Top Foundation Student Award 2020 & 2021
  • Top Certificate Student Award 2020 & 2021, sponsored by Bermans
  • Top Financial Understanding Student Award 2020 & 2021, sponsored by Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Top Legal Aspects of IF/ABL Student Award 2020 & 2021, sponsored by Crowell & Moring
  • Top Operation Aspects of IF/ABL Student Award 2021
  • Higher Diploma Student Award 2020, sponsored by Hilton-Baird Group

 

Matthew Davies

Matthew Davies

Director, UK Finance

Matthew is director of UK Finance's Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending area, with particular expertise in supporting small and mid-sized business...

Matthew is director of UK Finance's Invoice Finance and Asset Based Lending area, with particular expertise in supporting small and mid-sized businesses. 

Prior to UK Finance's formation Matthew was deputy chief executive of the Asset Based Finance Association (ABFA), having joined as head of government affairs in 2011. He was previously joint-head of public affairs at specialist law firm Bircham Dyson Bell, advising clients across healthcare, transport, retail and infrastructure.  Before that he was a director at DLA Piper's global government relations practice, where his clients ranged from financial services businesses to overseas governments. Matthew holds a Master's degree in International Relations.

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Alex Hilton-Baird

Alex Hilton-Baird

Group CEO, Hilton-Baird Group

Alex established commercial finance brokerage, Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions, in 1997. Over the ensuing 25 years, he has helped develop the UK brok...

Alex established commercial finance brokerage, Hilton-Baird Financial Solutions, in 1997. Over the ensuing 25 years, he has helped develop the UK broking market. His knowledge and passion for growing the Invoice Finance industry has ensured many businesses have accessed this invaluable funding tool, whilst supporting market growth for lenders. In 2001, Alex’s drive to support the industry further led to him co-founding, with Alan Baird, Hilton-Baird Collection Services and Hilton-Baird Audit & Survey to provide debt collection and risk management services to banks, independent funders and insolvency practitioners.

In 2017, Alex co-founded Loxbear Advisory to provide consultancy services to the ABL industry by delivering productive change management to lenders looking to evolve and innovate.

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Adrian Taylor

Adrian Taylor

Head of Invoice Finance, Paragon Business Finance Plc

Adrian Taylor started his financial career working for a High Street clearing bank. Upon completion of Associate of Institute of Bankers examination, ...

Adrian Taylor started his financial career working for a High Street clearing bank. Upon completion of Associate of Institute of Bankers examination, he moved to First National Commercial Bank to specialise in commercial property finance funding commercial property development and trading premises such as care homes and leisure facilities. His role encompassed new business and ultimately recoveries during the 1990’s recession.

Adrian moved into invoice finance when First National Group acquired County Factors Ltd, where he ultimately ascended to Head of Abbey Nation business Cashflow Finance Ltd. Adrian joined State Securities plc in 2004 to form a new invoice finance operation complementing the asset finance division. This has now become a part of Paragon Business Finance plc

Adrian completed the invoice finance diploma in 1999 being awarded Top Student in that year. He is an active member of UK Finance IF/ABL Product Board and is an industry representative on Professional Standards Committee.

Outside of work, Adrian is an enthusiastic musician, playing classical organ. Until recently, he was organist at Romsey Abbey which involved performing in several British cathedrals, recording of CDs and for BBC Songs of Praise. He was also organist at a wedding attended by HM Queen Elizabeth II and other European Ruling Heads of States.

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Hilton-Baird Group

Hilton-Baird Group

Founded in 1997 by Alex Hilton-Baird and Alan Baird, the Hilton-Baird Group is today one of the UK’s leading independent business finance groups and w...

Founded in 1997 by Alex Hilton-Baird and Alan Baird, the Hilton-Baird Group is today one of the UK’s leading independent business finance groups and working capital specialists. Consisting of three companies – Financial Solutions, Audit & Survey and Collection Services – the Group supports businesses, banks, asset based lenders and insolvency practitioners with an award-winning range of commercial fundraising, risk management and debt recovery services. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Group remains focused on people and partnerships and utilises its extensive experience and knowledge of the ABL market to support its clients in maximising lending and reducing risk.

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Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our p...

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.

With dementia costing the UK economy £25bn each year, Alzheimer’s Research UK is asking the financial industry to be at the forefront of our search for life-changing treatments.

By uniting to support our Strength in Numbers campaign, you’ll be helping to bring forward the diagnosis and detection of the diseases that cause dementia 10-15 years earlier than we can today. This will give us the best chance of stopping diseases like Alzheimer’s before symptoms start to get in the way of life, keeping people connected to their world, their families and themselves for longer.

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