Take AIM at a bigger, more ambitious future

ENTREPRENEURS are being urged to think big and consider flotation at an event designed to help them take their businesses to the next stage of growth.

ENTREPRENEURS are being urged to think big and consider flotation at an event designed to help them take their businesses to the next stage of growth.

In an effort to boost the number of regional businesses listed on the Stock Market and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), business finance and support organisation NStar is joining AIM and The Journal.

The trio are hosting a major event, hosted by the BBC’s Peter Snow, to enable North-East businesses to learn more about the opportunities for growth offered by both markets.

Tickets are now on sale for Take AIM in Gateshead in September.

It is targeted at the heads of ambitious businesses contemplating a float over the next few years, and at entrepreneurs interested in learning more about the financial markets.

AIM deputy chairman Marcus Stuttard will speak at the event and he will be joined by a leading institutional investor and entrepreneurs who have used AIM to realise their business ambitions.

NStar chief executive Andrew Mitchell said: “We hope to de-bunk any myths surrounding the flotation process and take a pragmatic look at why this may be a viable option for ambitious local businesses to consider when looking to raise equity.

“The emergence of the North-East as a thriving and prosperous area for commercial development has not been reflected in the number of applications received for listing.”

Launched in 1995, AIM has raised around £24bn for more than 2,200 companies.

Take AIM is at The Sage Gateshead on Thursday September 27. Booking forms from Julie Moorhouse. julie.moorhouse@ncjmedia.co.uk. or (0191) 201-6119.

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