The ProShare Investment Club Awards 2007

The Oscars of the private investor world prove that amateurs continue to beat the professionals!

Leading financial website and information provider is proud to announce the winners of the 2007 Private Investor Awards.

These awards are unique in rewarding the amazing achievements of ordinary amateur investors who have proved they can beat the City professionals as well as taking time out to help encourage and grow the involvement of private investors across the UK. also owns and runs ProShare Investment Clubs (, the organisation that has guided the setting up of over 12,000 investment clubs in the UK.

Andy Yates, Director of, said, "Private investors from all walks of life have proven that amateurs can not just beat the City professionals but thrash them at their own game."

Read on for further details of award categories and winners

Best Club Website

Winner: The Crown Cycling Circle Investment Club

Formed in 1999, this bunch of cycling enthusiasts from Northill in Bedfordshire, invest together and run charity events in their local community. Their website is packed with useful information, top tips, and details of the club’s inner workings. It is a useful resource for club members, and for the larger investment club community.

Prize sponsored by
City Index

Most Interesting Investment Club Award

Winner: New Horizon Investment Club

The New Horizon club is made up of a Christian youth group from the New Wine Church in Nottingham, who range in age from 15 to 23 years old, with an average age of 18.

Made up of graduates and students, they like “going against the grain” when it comes to investing and planning for the future.

Prize sponsored by
City Equities

Most Successful Private Investor or Investment Club Using Active Trading

Winner: The Assegai Investment Club

Named after a Zulu Warrior’s spear (inspired by Jim Slater’s "The Zulu Principle") this Hampshire club was formed in 2001. They’re up over 51% in 2006 by actively trading small cap and mining stocks.

Prize sponsored by
CMC Markets

Most Successful Private Investor or Investment Club Using Traditional Share Trading

Winner: Warren Pole

Warren Pole, 33, from Hertfordshire is a TV presenter from the Discovery channel has only been investing for 3 years, but with the benefit of his father’s experience has made a huge gain on his investments – with his ISA based portfolio rising 180% in 2006.

Prize sponsored by

Private Investor of the Year

Winner: Julie Ralston

From an arts and craft background, Julie never considered herself to have a head for investing, until she was introduced to it 13 years ago by a friend, when they started the Willow Investment Club – one of the first ethical investment clubs.

Now passionate about investing, she regularly speaks at events and has been instrumental in the creation of four all-female investment clubs in London.

She has regularly featured in the press about investing, and is now launching a unique business venture to help novice investors get started.

Prize sponsored by
IG Index

The ProShare Investment Club of the Year

Winner: The H&G Investment Club

This Essex club enjoys their fine pub dining so much that they’ve been catching up once a month for well over 12 years now.

The club has evolved into a long term investment vehicle, and has also fostered the birth of four other clubs in the area. They’ve ridden out some nasty bumps in the stock market and are still going strong after over a decade together.

Prize sponsored by
Pacific Continental Securities

Industry awards as voted for by private investors

The following awards were voted for exclusively by and ProShare Investment Club private investors. As such they represent an authoritative guide to the most popular financial services and companies in the UK from the people that matter the most – the private investors that actually use them.
  • Best Active Trading Service - Barclays Stockbrokers

  • Best CFD Trading Service - City Index

  • Best Spread Betting/Derivatives service - IG Index

  • Best Online Stockbroker - Barclays Stockbrokers

  • Best Smaller Companies Service - City Equities

  • Best Stockbroker Service - Barclays Stockbrokers

  • Best new or improved service - E*Trade

  • Best Investment Club Stockbroker Service - Barclays Stockbrokers

  • Best Asset Manager - Fidelity

  • Best Overall Financial Services Company - HSBC

  • Favourite Financial Personality - David Jones, CMC Markets