For the firm that has distilled and communicated ideas that confer business advantage and engage clients.

2019 winner

Smith & Williamson

The panel were impressed by the approach taken, which is already benefitting Smith & Williamson in terms of new business, as well as shaping the broader debate about economic growth. Supporting scale-ups is increasingly on the policy agenda because of the need to increase UK productivity. The firm is shaping this agenda through its involvement in the ScaleUp Institute, tied to the firm’s emphasis on supporting entrepreneurs. It produced credible and accessible original research plus an online benchmarking tool. It also involved people from across the firm in an initiative that is integrated with its strategic goals.

Smith Williamson Best Thought Leadership

Lucy Porter, the team from Smith & Williamson and Adam Elgar (Passle)

“This is a tremendous achievement and one that reflects all the hard work we are doing to position ourselves as the go-to firm for entrepreneurs and their business interests. We are thrilled with the recognition our unique work has received.”
John Morris, Partner and Scale-up Lead, Smith & Williamson


2nd place


The panel were impressed by JLL’s thought leadership over 20 years, during which the issue of transparency and trust in global markets has become ever more critical. The submission demonstrated that JLL’s index is a well-established area of the business, integrated in activities and teams across the firm and producing ROI. The judges noted the index is highly respected based on a thorough methodology.




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