Stockopedia at Mello 2018 - A quality line-up, awards and investor camaraderie

Tuesday, May 01 2018 by
Stockopedia at Mello 2018  A quality lineup awards and investor camaraderie

You wait all year for an investment conference, and then a few turn up together. That said, the two-day Mello 2018 event in Derby last week was in a different class. Here, there was quality stamped right across the schedule: from the speaker line-up and company presentations to the packed-out panel discussions. Show organiser David Stredder (@Caremensfella) and his team made it look effortless. Their planning meant Mello 2018 felt like a social occasion as much as anything else.

Networking, camaraderie (and just a little partying!) set this event apart, but there was no compromise in the breadth of the presentation schedule. Both days kicked off with ‘Live Small Cap Value Reports’ from Stockopedia writers Paul Scott (@paulypilot) and Graham Neary (@grahamneary). Those sessions were predictably standing room only. Paul and Graham returned for additional slots on both days - and you can see a full video of Paul’s stock-picking session here.

Thereafter, the Mello team had arranged presentations running concurrently across four main rooms through both days. On the Thursday that started with a Women & Investing panel discussion chaired by Lucy Tarleton of PWC, together with Tamzin Freeman (@tamzinpiworld) of PI World, Judith MacKenzie of Downing and Leon Boros (@Boros10). Judith was back on stage later on, in between presentations from Gervais Williams, Lord (John) Lee, Ken Wotton of Livingbridge and Phil Oakley (@PhilJOakley).

Winning awards!

Day 1 wrapped up with the Mello 2018 Awards - and we were delighted that Stockopedia was voted winner in the Favourite Share Research Platform category. We’ve got a growing and very committed team at Stockopedia and it’s really inspiring to win this kind of award. It’s recognition that more and more private investors are genuinely benefiting from the powerful investment tools and research that we’re putting in their hands.

Meanwhile, Paul came away with awards for Best Share Blogger and Favourite Private Investor - which were thoroughly deserved and we were over the moon that he got that recognition. Paul went on to win Thursday evening’s poker tournament, too - although Graham took top spot on the Friday.


One of the interesting things about the way the Mello team organised the awards was how they put the focus on individual investors as well as companies and…

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tony akram 1st May '18 1 of 9

Hi Ben

Agree with you and it was nice to me you on the Thursday evening -all the best 

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iwright7 1st May '18 2 of 9

Yes - A great couple of days to think inside and outside the box.

Fantastic organisation from David and it was great to meet more of the Stocko team. Ian

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Bagash 2nd May '18 4 of 9

David Stredder and his team did a wonderful job again. The second Derby Mello seemed to be even more popular than the first. It is good to see the Mello coming up North making it easier for us Non Southerners to attend. I hope they keep it up.

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carmensfella 2nd May '18 5 of 9

I am of course rather biased being a northerner myself and many of my family (three of my children were at Derby) are based up there. I do think the Derby Conference Centre has the perfect setting for an event of this kind and the vibe throughout was fantastic. There will certainly be a Mello2019 and probably in Derby again but possibly a little later into this month rather than April to give us more planning time after Christmas.

We are already working on our Summer event down here in Kent so do put Thursday 14th June in your diaries and the website launches this Friday. As ever we want to look after our regular delegates so there will be discounts for Mello regulars and the ability to watch so many of the presentations afterwards if you bought a ticket but missed them on the day. All those who bought Mello2018 tickets can watch the keynote speakers in Derby when they are released shortly.

I am pleased so many enjoyed Mello2018 so onwards to MelloSouth in Hever which is a completely different setting with beautiful countryside and castle as the backdrop.


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xcity 2nd May '18 6 of 9

Hope to be there next year (assuming it is in Derby).
Just no way I could do it this year.

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Paul Scott 2nd May '18 7 of 9

That's a great summary Ben, which picks up on the amazingly friendly & social aspect of Mello, which is only possible from having plenty of people staying overnight.

It's also very much in a class of its own, in terms of the quality of companies presenting, and available to speak individually to investors.

It was such a pleasure to catch up with so many old friends there, and make plenty of new ones too!


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mrgrowthvalue 3rd May '18 8 of 9

Completely agree with Ben's thoughts. I could only attend for 1 day (Friday) but the event was fantastic! Looking forward to attending again next year.

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jonesj 3rd May '18 9 of 9

This was a superb event, very well organised. I have over 40 pages of notes & the only issue was not having enough time to do everything,

Derby works fine as a location. It's only about 20 miles up the road from the centre of the UK on a population weighted basis & the hotels work out cheaper than they would in London (for example). There are good motorway connections & the venue is probably about 20 minutes walk from the station.

Ideally, the venue would have a slightly larger number 1 conference room, however, by turning up in plenty of time, or sitting at the front, I didn't actually miss anything in there.

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