CASCAID Founder Helen Wagstaff Awarded MBE in New Year Honours

CASCAID Founder Helen Wagstaff Awarded MBE in New Year Honours

LONDON, 29 December 2023 - Arc, the global events, data, and media platform, acquirer of Marketing in Partnership (MiP), is delighted to announce that Helen Wagstaff, co-founder of MiP, has been awarded an MBE for services to charity in the New Year Honours List.

In 2017, Helen founded CASCAID with the vision of bringing together a network of individuals in the asset and wealth management communities committed to making a positive impact. From its inception, Helen designed CASCAID to stand out from typical corporate charitable initiatives. Over and above their existing personal and corporate causes, CASCAID ambassadors, a network of nearly 100 individuals, unite to contribute their time, effort, and resources to a series of worthy causes.

Over the years, some of the notable CASCAID initiatives include skydiving, abseiling, quiz nights, dance competitions, swimming challenges, marathons, an Olympic games tournament, and dodgeball, to name just a few. These activities, both social and frequently competitive, have raised £5.3 million for charities. The proceeds have gone to Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. This year, the proceeds from CASCAID will go to support The Rainbow Trust.

Upon learning of the honour, Helen said, “I am thrilled with this recognition. Leading CASCAID has been an honour in itself. While I may be the figurehead for CASCAID, this award is a testament to the hard work and generosity of so many people. I would like to recognise and thank everyone who has been involved, and I’d particularly like to mention my dear friend Anne-Marie McConnon, without whom CASCAID would not have been possible.”

Two longstanding CASCAID Ambassadors have also shared their delight with this honour and recognition for Helen and CASCAID.

“Helen’s idea to create an industry-wide charitable initiative has really changed lives, raising over £5m for amazing causes. I am so pleased to see all her hard work recognised with this award and hope it inspires her to keep going!” Marcus Brookes, CIO and Managing Director of Quilters.

“Schroders has been part of CASCAID since the very beginning. Dozens of people within our business have been involved. We’ve supported the gala dinners, competed in events such as the CASCAID Olympics and organised our own activities such as the Cazenove Chair Race and the Schtrictly dance competition. I even jumped out of a plane and abseiled the Broadgate Tower! It’s been fabulous to see our industry work together for charitable causes and I’d encourage everyone to be part of this great initiative.” Peter Harrison, Group Chief Executive of Schroders

In addition, Simon Foster, Group CEO of Arc, said, “On behalf of everyone at Arc, I would like to congratulate Helen on this tremendous honour. Bringing together individuals from different, and sometimes competitive, companies to work together on a common goal is no easy feat. Helen's distinctive ability to reach people on a personal level has transformed individuals in a business community into a united network that is a driving force for good. I look forward to seeing CASCAID continue to grow and all its upcoming activities.”

To learn more about CASCAID, please visit, and if you would like to become a part of the CASCAID network you can contact Helen at [email protected].

Investment Week wins big at Aviva Investors Sustainability Media Awards 2023

Investment Week has won a trio of awards at Aviva Investors’ Sustainability Media Awards 2023, including the coveted Publication of the Year title.

Now in their third year, the awards recognise excellence in reporting on sustainability-linked topics across the UK media.

In his opening comments at this year’s awards ceremony on November 8, Aviva Investors CEO Mark Versey said the bar had been raised every year, with 2023 being no exception, while he reiterated the importance of these awards in highlighting thought-provoking work in this space.

Commenting on Investment Week winning the Publication of the Year category, the judges said the title “has been at the forefront of investment journalism for over 25 years, leading the way in not only editorial standards, but also in the rapidly expanding world of events, awards and conferences”.

“Its reputation as one of the leading publications covering sustainability issues has continually been bolstered by industry-leading events,” the judges added.

“To produce such high-quality ESG content whilst maintaining high standards of reporting across the entire universe of investment products and sectors is no mean feat!”

The brand’s annual Sustainable Investment Festival (SIF) and plethora of ESG-focused events were highlighted by Versey on the night.

The awards judges said “the reputation of this industry stalwart is illustrated by its lead role in this year’s third iteration of the Sustainable Investment Festival, which attracted over 300 attendees and 60 expert speakers”.

Investment Week also took home Retail/Wholesale Publication of the Year, which the judges described as a “close-fought category” but added “the articles submitted by this publication stood out from the crowd for their originality and high-quality research”.

They highlighted Investment Week news editor Valeria Martinez’s in-depth investigation into Home REIT as a “particular highlight”.

In addition, the judges pointed to features editor Eve Maddock-Jones’ “thoughtful piece” on the links between overturning Roe vs Wade and investment risk, which also won Social Article of the Year.

The judging panel said the story “challenged the view that events in the US had no bearing for a UK-focused audience…. garnering praise from CFAs, fellow journalists, and of course, our esteemed judging panel”.

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James Baxter-Derrington, editor of Investment Week at Incisive Media, takes home wins from Headlinemoney Awards 2023

James Baxter-Derrington, editor of Investment Week at Incisive Media, has won the B2B Journalist of the Year and Journalist of the Year awards, and was highly commended in two other categories at the Headlinemoney Awards 2023.

The awards, which recognise excellence in financial journalism and are judged by experts from across the financial services industry, were presented at a special ceremony in London on 12 July.

Baxter-Derrington’s first win of the night was B2B Journalist of the Year. The judges commented: “James’s writing is exemplary and he displays good background knowledge. James has covered big stories and created well balanced, memorable pieces.” One judge said his entry was a “strong submission”, and his Grenfell Tower piece was “relevant and exposes hypocrisy”.

During the evening, he was also highly commended for B2B Story of the Year for HSBC AM global head of responsible investing: ‘Who cares if Miami is six metres under water in 100 years?

The judges commented: “It was a great spot by the journalist, the article was well-written and interesting with wide-reaching ramifications.”

Baxter-Derrington was also highly commended in the Investment Journalist of the Year (B2B) category. “He delivered three strong news stories that were pacy and well written,” said the judges.

Finally, Baxter-Derrington was awarded the prestigious Headlinemoney Journalist of the Year Award, which is presented at the end of the night to the winner “who has done something that little bit extra to stand out from all the other superb category winners and shortlisted journalists”.

Headlinemoney said Investment Week‘s Baxter-Derrington can be proud of a string of accomplishments in 2022 and multiple accolades at this year’s awards.

It added: “As well as producing award-winning journalism of his own, James is recognised for leading the excellent team at Investment Week whilst serving as acting editor from June 2022 and editor from April 2023. Well respected and with a stack of significant stories to his name, well done to James!”

Commenting on the award wins, Baxter-Derrington said: “It is an honour and a delight to be recognised across so many categories at the Headlinemoney awards, and to be named Journalist of the Year is really quite special.

“Knowing the awards are judged by your peers across the financial journalism and PR industries adds even more weight to these accolades.

“With any award, there is always a team that makes it happen and I am proud to work with such an excellent team at Investment Week, as the judges noted.”

Investment Week Leaders Summit takes gold at the 2023 Conference and Events awards

Incisive Media has continued its winning streak in the 2023 awards season with two further successes at the Conference and Events Awards.

Incisive took gold in the best new conference (up to 700 attendees) category with a win for the Investment Week Leaders Summit, a new launch for 2023 from the publisher’s flagship brand.

The publisher followed this up with a bronze award in the best events team category for its event operations team.

The Conference and Events Awards took place at Old Billingsgate in London on Friday, June 30 and is the premier event for the UK events sector.

Incisive Media is owned by Arc network, the fast-growing B2B media and events business with global operations across the financial, agriculture, food, sustainability, HR and education sectors.

“I am delighted that our teams have received such richly-deserved recognition for their dedication,” said Incisive Media’s chief marketing officer Sophie Eke. “It’s a powerful endorsement of the hard work and innovation that takes place across our business to deliver outstanding and meaningful events for our audiences.”

Incisive has strong form at the Conference and Events Awards – the media owner won the Awards Event of the Year category in 2022 with the Women in Tech Excellence Awards, and its Women In Insurance Awards took best new awards honours in 2021.

This year’s successes follow hot on the heels of two further 2023 awards wins for Arc Europe: Incisive Media won the blue riband B2B publisher of the year award at the AOP Awards and sister company Agriconnect took the honours at the PPA Awards for their 24 Hours in Farming campaign.

The inaugural Investment Week Leaders Summit took place at Surrey’s Pennyhill Park in November 2022. It is a residential event to allow asset managers and wealth managers to network with peers, interact with our expert speakers and share ideas on the key issues for the future of the investment industry. The 2023 event takes place from November 30 to December 1 at the same venue.

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#FARM24 scoops prestigious media award

24 Hours in Farming has won the Commercial Partnership of the Year at the prestigious 2023 PPA Awards

Agriculture’s biggest digital campaign, led by Farmers Guardian and supported by Morrisons, showcases the role of British farmers to the general public and their dedication and pride as the nation’s food producers and guardians of the countryside.

Agriculture’s biggest digital campaign, led by Farmers Guardian and supported by Morrisons, showcases the role of British farmers to the general public and their dedication and pride as the nation’s food producers and guardians of the countryside.

Using the hashtag #FARM24, farmers and industry organisations from across the UK take to social media to share what a typical day might look in the journey from field to fork and educate consumers about where their food comes from.

Taking farmers to the masses, the 2022 campaign achieved a reach of 28 million, trending on social media and supported by the Prime Minister, celebrities, athletes, chefs and social media influencers.

The campaign was praised by judges as a truly impressive partnership, raising awareness of the valuable work the agricultural industry does to audiences far and wide.


Incisive Media has been named AOP B2B digital publisher of the year for a sixth time

Incisive Media took home the honours at the 2023 Association of Online Publishers Awards at London’s Old Billingsgate on Wednesday, June 14.

The publisher was cited by the judges as having a strong focus on its key audiences to deliver membership growth, and for making impressive progress in its quest to make the company a supportive place to work.

Incisive is part of the Arc network, a fast-growing B2B media and events business with global operations across the financial, agriculture, food, sustainability, HR and education sectors. Incisive’s stable of brands includes Investment Week and BusinessGreen.

Incisive has previously won the B2B digital publisher of the year award in 2010, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2020. It is the sole B2B publisher to rack-up six of these awards, and this is its first AOP awards win under the ownership of Arc network.

Arc Europe CEO Jonathon Whiteley said: “This was a triumphant evening for Incisive Media. To win digital publisher of the year for a sixth time demonstrates the consistently innovative and excellent service we deliver for our audiences and customers. It is a tribute to the talent, ingenuity and sheer dedication of the whole team. All in all, we’re in tremendous shape to succeed in today’s challenging and fast-changing publishing environment.”

Incisive won the award against intense competition from fellow B2B behemoths Haymarket Media and William Reed in this hotly-contested blue riband category.

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Arc network companies, Agriconnect and Incisive Media, receive four shortlist nods at the 2023 AOP Digital Publishing Awards

The Arc network has made the shortlist in four categories at the 2023 AOP Digital Publishing Awards - including employer of the year, for Incisive Media, and best creative solutions/content marketing campaign, for Agriconnect.

The AOP Awards recognise excellence in digital publishing and Incisive Media has strong previous form, including a record five wins in the blue riband B2B publisher category.  Continuing this success, the team also is shortlisted for the B2B editor of the year – for Investment Week editor James Baxter-Derrington - B2B, brand of the year for BusinessGreen, and the hotly-contested employer of the year category, which the business previously won in 2021.

Agriconnect made the running in the best creative solutions/content marketing campaign for 24 Hours in Farming, its innovative digital marketing and social media influencer campaign.

Arc network is a fast-growing B2B media and events business with global operations across the financial, agriculture, food, sustainability, HR and education sectors.

Investment Week is a flagship financial brand and is recognised for its engaging editorial style under Baxter-Derrington’s leadership. BusinessGreen celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2022, and is at the beating heart of the green economy. Farmers Guardian, celebrating its 179th birthday in 2023, is the long-established champion of the UK agricultural sector.

Arc’s success on the AOP awards shortlist follows hot on the heels of the 2023 PPA awards shortlist, where the business is cited in a record five categories including B2B editor, brand and event of the year.

“We are delighted for this recognition from our peers,” said Arc CEO, Europe Jonathon Whiteley. “The range of categories we are shortlisted in demonstrates how much we are doing across the business to develop our products for users and clients, and this is a testament to the innovation and hard work of our people.”

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Arc is a B2B events, data, and media platform, backed by investment funds managed by EagleTree Capital. Founded to redefine business networking, Arc organises over 150 events a year and operates critical content platforms in HR technology, agriculture and food, financial services and investing and education technology. Arc is over 300 talented colleagues located in the U.S., U.K., Netherlands and Singapore that focus on seeking out new ways to connect communities, wherever, whenever, or however people need to come together to grow their businesses. For more information, visit or find Arc on LinkedIn.

Arc network companies hit shortlist record for the 2023 PPA awards

Arc network has enjoyed a strong showing in the 2023 PPA Awards shortlist – with five nominations from five entries, a record achievement for the business.

Sustainability flagship BusinessGreen enjoyed a particularly strong showing, with shortlist nominations in the B2B media brand, B2B editor and B2B event of the year categories, the latter for the ground-breaking Net Zero Festival.

Making a comeback to the shortlist is Farmers Guardian with 24 Hours In Farming, a B2B2C campaign at the cutting edge of digital and social influencer marketing.

The shortlist is rounded off with a nod in the employer of the year category for Incisive Media, reflecting the business’s focus on diversity and inclusivity and the increasing demand of the business’s staff to deliver on its sustainability and employee wellbeing goals.

Arc network is a fast-growing B2B media and events business with global operations across multiple sectors.

BusinessGreen celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2022, and is at the beating heart of the green economy and the net zero transition, led by editor in chief James Murray. James is namechecked as “an amazing communicator” and “very highly respected”.

Farmers Guardian, celebrating its 179th birthday in 2023, is the long-established champion of the UK agricultural sector. The brand is part of a B2B behemoth that also owns the LAMMA show and British Farming Awards, of Clarkson’s Farm fame.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted at these awards again this year, and for this recognition from our peers,” said Arc Europe CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “I’m doubly proud to be able to include Farmers Guardian among our shortlisted entries, plus of course BusinessGreen.

“We work incredibly hard to ensure Incisive is a good and fair employer, and I’m humbled for us to be nominated in the employer of the year category.”

Incisive Media has strong form at the PPA Awards. The business has won the innovation of the year category twice out of the last three years with its Delta and Nexus products, and took B2B event of the year honours in 2022 with its Sustainable Investment Festival.

The 2023 PPA Awards take place on June 28 at City Central at the HAC in London.