Warwickshire has adopted the Birmingham Bears team name for the new NatWest t20 Blast competition. The package with Octopus Investments includes increased promotional opportunities at the Bears’ seven home games at Edgbaston Stadium, hospitality, and branding on the back of the T20 playing shirt.
Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director of Warwickshire CCC, said: “Working with Octopus Investments is a great boost to the Club as we build towards the launch of the NatWest t20 Blast and our first game against Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23rd May.
“The new competition is a great opportunity for the Club to engage with new audiences and grow attendances in domestic cricket, with five of the seven home fixtures scheduled on Friday nights. We’re delighted that Octopus Investments are keen to be part of our plans and supporting the Club in this exciting new tournament.”
Founded in 2000, Octopus Investments currently manages over £3 billion assets on behalf of 50,000 customers, and works closely with more than 3,000 financial advisers and wealth managers across the UK.
Nigel Spencer, Marketing Director at Octopus Investments, said: “We enjoyed a great first year working in partnership with Warwickshire CCC in 2013. Twenty20 is a lively and innovative approach to cricket and so it’s exciting to be supporting the sport for a second year running. With the domestic twenty20 programme expanding and games now taking place during the peak Friday night slot, it’s a great opportunity for us to engage with an even bigger audience.
"We’re looking forward to returning and hopefully roaring the Bears on to Finals Day in 2014.”
Founded in 2000, Octopus is one of the UK’s fastest growing investment management companies. We currently manage £3 billion assets on behalf of 50,000 customers. We offer a straight-talking approach to investments, exceptional customer service and a range of products that do what they say they will.
Working closely with over 3,000 financial advisers and wealth managers, often via strategic partnerships, we provide tax efficient investment solutions and discretionary fund management services to retail investors. Our core products include a range of venture capital trusts, enterprise investment schemes, inheritance tax services and a discretionary fund management solution.
We focus on areas of the market that are inefficient and where we believe hard work pays off for our customers. Our four areas of investment expertise are: ventures; specialist finance; smaller companies; and multi manager. We have dominant or high-growth positions in all of these markets, and invest into some of the UK’s most dynamic smaller companies, providing a wide range of funding options for exceptional businesses.
Over the last decade, Octopus has won a number of awards for its customer-driven product design and services. We’ve twice been voted one of the best 100 SMEs to work for, we’re one of only two investment firms to have ever been rated AAA for service by Citywire, and in November 2012 we were awarded the Financial Adviser 5 Star Award for quality service from investment product providers.