I’m extremely proud that Lenigas Cuba has been announced as one of Britain’s top 100 companies in Mishcon De Reya’s Leap 100 award for high growth companies.

It’s called The Leap after President John F Kennedy announced in 1961 that an American would walk on the moon within a decade.  That audacious ambition was realised in the Summer of 1969 when Neil Armstrong announced “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

The award was set up to shine a light on those companies that can demonstrate bold and audacious vision and the ability to make it happen.

Of course it’s a great honour.  In particular it gives recognition the dedicated and hard working team in Cuba, and in London, who have made Lenigas Cuba the dynamic and fast-growing business that it is today.

We’re the first specialist investment company in the world to focus on Cuba. And so far we have invested in five Cuba-based companies.

Lenigas Cuba is interested in tourism, accommodation, infrastructure, transport, commercial and residential property, technology, communications, manufacturing, retail, services, leisure, agricultural and natural resources.  We’ve already done a lot of deals in Cuba and are looking at many more. And there’s no doubt in my mind that as one of the last frontier markets, Cuba’s potential is extraordinary.

But the reason I think The Leap is so important is that it brings together like-minded companies, founders, and CEOs – the very best of British technology, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Companies totally committed to growth and dynamism.

Leap is a fantastic network and Leap companies are companies to watch.  I shall enjoy getting to know them all during 2016.