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AIM: the most successful growth market


AIM is the world's most successful growth market and the companies quoted on it benefit from being at the heart of the global finance community by having their securities quoted and traded in London. A wide range of businesses including early stage, venture capital backed as well as more established companies join AIM seeking access to growth capital and the opportunity to raise their profile.

Since its launch in 1995, over 3000 companies have joined AIM – raising more than £60 billion in new and further capital fundraisings. This financing has enabled AIM companies to fund their development and pursue their growth ambitions.

Companies joining AIM gain a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Access to the world's largest and deepest pool of capital for investment to support companies at admission and further fundraisings
  • A quotation on one of the most liquid capital markets for trading in the shares of small and growing international companies
  • Support from experienced advisers who understand the needs of ambitious international companies
  • A higher profile among London's unrivalled community of investment analysts specialising in sectors and regions worldwide
  • Promotion of the company's image and brand on an international scale
  • A flexible and responsive system of regulation especially geared to the needs of smaller, growing businesses

Why is AIM unique?

When the London Stock Exchange created AIM, the objective was to offer smaller companies − from any country and any industry sector − the opportunity to raise capital. AIM also benefits from being an integral part of the portfolio of the markets offered by the London Stock Exchange.

To join AIM, companies are not required to have a particular financial track record or trading history. AIM’s balanced regulatory regime was designed specifically for smaller growing companies, offering opportunities to both companies and investors.

AIM has a large, diverse and committed community of stakeholders. Specialist advisers are crucial to the market’s success, and range from dedicated Nominated Advisers (Nomads) who play a central role in the life of an AIM company, to lawyers, accountants and brokers. Other important participants include public relations and investor relations agencies who help companies join the market and make the most of their AIM quotation.

International companies

Smaller companies from around the world and at different stages of development are able to join AIM. As an Exchange-regulated market, AIM provides a wide range of international businesses the ability to access capital, liquidity and profile of London's capital markets.

Currently there are over 500 AIM companies with the majority of their operations outside the UK in over 100 countries. This strong international representation reflects the fact that AIM is an ideal public market for growing and entrepreneurial international businesses seeking to expand and raise their global profile.

Downloads
A Guide to AIM (2015) (pdffile pdf - 3 MB)
AIM Rules for Companies - January 2016  (pdffile pdf - 282 KB)

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