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Optionis boss named North West CEO of the Year

The BVCA Management Team Awards, produced in association with Grant Thornton, are designed to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the UK’s leading businesses backed by private equity and venture capital.

There are eight regions in total, each with its own judging panel. All winners are automatically forwarded to the national final, the results of which will be revealed at a ceremony in London on 25th June.

Optionis, the parent group of professional umbrella employer Parasol and contractor accountant ClearSky, is backed by investment firm MML Capital Partners.

The Cheshire-headquartered group employs more than 300 office-based staff across seven UK sites. Group turnover for 2013/14 was &pound316m.

Judges commended the “impressive performance” of Optionis over the past 12 months under Crossland’s leadership.

Matthew Bryden-Smith, a director in the corporate finance team at Grant Thornton, said, “One of the reasons the North is richly endowed with private equity and venture capital is the quality of the business leadership across the region. 

“The dynamism, and the ability to make a difference, is reflected in these awards and we congratulate all the leaders acknowledged this year.”

In addition to the BVCA award, Crossland is among 38 finalists vying to be named EY’s North of England Entrepreneur of the Year.

The North of England final will take place in Manchester on 23rd June, with the winner progressing to compete for the title of EY UK Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.


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