By Design Portfolio - 01 May 2018


We are delighted that our clients Nanoco Group and Petra Diamonds swept the board at the recent IR Magazine Awards – Small Cap Europe, winning both their respective categories for “Best IR”.

Nanoco Group, a UK-based nanotechnology firm which specialises in heavy metal-free quantum dots and semiconductor nanoparticles used in high-resolution TV displays, lighting, solar energy and bio-imaging, won the best IR by a small cap company (under €250m).

Petra Diamonds, a London-headquartered diamond producer with operations in South Africa, took home the award for best IR by a small cap company (€250m–€500m). The firm operates four mines in South Africa and one in Tanzania, and has exploration projects in Botswana, it is the world’s second-largest diamond producer by value.

The focus of Nanoco Group’s entry was its annual report, which communicates the enormous potential and scale of Nanoco’s offering and demonstrates what sets it apart from its competitors, creating “a clear and interesting investment proposition”. Design Portfolio “creatively and successfully set out the strengths of the business” through an evolved business model, developed strategy articulation and a refreshed design. Most importantly, the report demonstrates the commercial progress the company is making and its potential for future growth, conveying Nanoco’s commitment to its stakeholders and sustainability whilst being at the cutting edge of technology.

Petra Diamonds’ entry focused on the firm’s efforts to improve investor understanding around the company’s operations and long-term prospects following a challenging financial year in 2017. One of the main objectives was to create a simple, easy-to-understand investment case, which was also challenging given the technical nature of their diamond mining operations. The resulting corporate communications were clear and provided a “fair, balanced and understandable commentary” incorporating an increased number of best practice elements.

Cathy Malins, Corporate Communications Manager at Petra said:

“Design Portfolio provides consultancy on best practice reporting, as well as the design, printing and distribution of the annual report. Having worked with them for c. five years now, we have developed a strong ongoing relationship which has assisted in the progression of consistent design, themes and structure for Petra’s annual and sustainability reports.”

David Blain, Finance Director at Nanoco said:

“We are very pleased with this award – it’s great to be recognised for all the work that goes into our corporate communications. We feel we’ve got across our message clearly and met all the objectives we set out to achieve. Thanks to all at Design Portfolio for their efforts.”

The IR Magazine featured both entries online, writing a more in depth Petra Diamonds article and Nanoco Group article.

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