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Thinking of joining a public market?


Deciding whether to float your company on a stock market is an important decision. Most successful privately-owned companies will eventually reach a stage in their development where they consider whether the next natural step is to join a public market.

Joining one of the London Stock Exchange's markets provides your company with the opportunity to benefit from improved access to capital, increased global profile and access to liquidity.

Capital
Companies need access to finance to fuel their future growth and development. Whether your aim is to raise money when you join or at a later stage, joining one of our markets can facilitate access to London's deep pool of investment capital.

The London Stock Exchange also gives companies more than just one-off financing opportunities. Companies often return to the market when they need access to further funds to expand and evolve their businesses.

Liquidity
Our trading services are designed to maximise liquidity in the securities traded on them. A public quotation offers:

  • a real-time share price
  • diversification of your shareholder base
  • a sound basis for company valuation
  • a figure for market capitalisation
  • potential access to certain indices (depending on the market you choose to join and meeting certain criteria).

Profile
A public quotation on a stock market increases your company's external and internal profile. It can enhance the view that investors, shareholders and other stakeholders have of your company, its ambitions and the way in which it meets its obligations and adheres to regulatory requirements.

In addition, it can help to enhance your relationship with current and potential customers and suppliers, increase the opportunities for partnering with UK and international companies, and strengthen employee commitment via share ownership schemes.

The decision to go public is not one to be taken lightly and involves a great deal of consideration for your management team, and consultation with your advisers.

Each page of this site contains resources and links giving you more information.

For an informal conversation about joining our markets please contact us.

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