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‘Keep calm and carry on’ if you are AIM-ing for growth


That was the underlying message from expert speakers at a revent breakfast seminar who suggested AIM*-listing is a good place to be for ambitious, but Brexit-concerned, Thames Valley companies seeking funding to grow. There were three key reasons, writes journalist John Burbedge, for their support for businesses to seek inclusion within London’s AIM market ...


• A proven market. While London Stock Exchange Group expert Claire Dorrian admitted that there was a slight Christmas-New Year surge, perhaps to get some companies to the pre-Brexit AIM market, she also noted the long-term strength of AIM. Formed in 1995 with just 10 companies it is now the world’s most successful and established market for growth companies– having supported almost 4,000 companies to raise over £110 billion. AIM’s supportive ecosystem and wide variety of market sectors also made it a robust proven market.


• A strong and varied funding market. As stockbroking and corporate adviser Andy Crossley of Stockdale Securities pointed out, there is at present ample financial capital available within UK, European and worldwide funding sectors to support business growth. Often a key corporate task today was deciding the right money, of the right sort at, the right time. The choice didn’t always have to be banking debt or PE involvement. AIM provides different supportive funding routes, regulatory confidence and yet options for the evolution of a company.


• Never a better time? Since becoming ‘investor ready’ will take time – an IPO process may take between 12-24 months, presenters mentioned – maybe, despite Brexit, it is never a bad time to get prepared? After all, such preparation will invariably produce and present a business-fit operation, able and ready to adapt to change.


Both Robin Stevens, corporate finance partner for Crowe, and Daniel Bastide of Irwin Mitchell highlighted the need for businesses to spend time and prepare well, with the help of accountants and lawyers to support presentations to potential investors and, of course, the IPO approach to AIM.


Neil Clark, CEO of Destiny Pharma later described the route to his own company’s successful AIM-listing.


For full details about the seminar presentations go to: businessmag.co.uk/tvaim/2018


*AIM is an alternative investment sub-market of the London Stock Exchange. It allows smaller companies to float shares with a more flexible regulatory system than is applicable to the main market.


sponsors Neil Clark


Claire Dorrian


Andy Crossley


Robin Stevens


Daniel Bastide


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THE BUSINESS MAGAZINE – JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019


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