We have enjoyed a positive first six months to 2022, investing into leading life sciences marketing specialist ramarketing, supporting portfolio companies Correla and Catalis complete strategic bolt-on acquisitions, and continuing our focus on being responsible investors and employers.
We launched our second ESG report, looking back at the highlights from 2021 across our business and portfolio, as well as outlining our commitments for the year ahead. We also released the first in a new series of sector reports, starting with a focus on four key themes that have shaped the technology sector.
We ranked as a top performer in the ESG Transparency Index, demonstrating our culture, behaviours and processes are consistent with those of much larger managers. We were also pleased to see five of our portfolio companies featured in the Northern Tech Awards Top 100, which recognises the fastest growing technology companies in the North of the UK.
We have continued to invest in our portfolio, organising two in-person forums on the topics of People and ESG, alongside continuing to share insights and best practice on our digital community platform, Nexus. We’ve also been pleased with the charitable fundraising efforts across our business and portfolio, supporting vital charities within our regions.
Finally, we are pleased to have welcomed several new people to our team, along with a number of new promotions which were announced in April – including the promotion of two members of the NorthEdge team to Partner, Lucie Mills and Phil Frame.
Whilst there are undoubtedly a number of challenges facing us all in the second half of this year, we will continue to support our people and portfolio, and invest in the best businesses in our core sectors and regions. Challenging times often bring new opportunities, and so we look forward to building on the success of the first half of 2022 throughout the remainder of the year.