The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is the London Stock Exchange’s market for SMEs. Since its inception in 1995, over 2,400 companies have raised more than £30bn collectively through AIM listings.

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Why list on AIM?

  • No minimum market capitalisation for admission, though most companies tend to fall within the £25 million to £500 million bracket
  • Financial statements need only be filed on a six-monthly basis, rather than quarterly, and companies listed on AIM are also entitled to a range of tax benefits
  • AIM companies have access to a range of institutional investors, retail investors and a significant pool of international capital
  • Large market capitalisation
  • Simpler admission process and lower regulatory burden than the LSE Main Market

Why consider another market?

  • AQSE Growth Market companies are only required to appoint and retain an AQSE Exchange Corporate Advisor, rather than a Nominated Adviser (NOMAD) and a Broker, meaning the ongoing cost of an AQSE listing can be lower than AIM
  • The AQSE Growth Market is regulated in the same way as AIM and benefits from the same tax breaks and stamp duty exemptions, making it just as regulated and legitimate a venue for listings
  • Aquis may suit growth companies better due to its segregated markets structure, with different entry segments for companies at different stages of the growth journey
  • No NOMAD requirement for Aquis means that listed companies can contact the
    exchange directly and build a direct relationship

Suitable for companies with:

AIM attracts a range of dynamic companies from a variety of sectors, though oil, gas and mining companies have been particularly prominent recently. Its total market capitalisation is £88 billion.

Growth companies looking to list in the UK have a choice of markets.

Each market has its own unique characteristics.

We’ve provided a brief overview of each market to help you weigh up your options, but if you’d like to discuss your company’s specific IPO needs and ambitions,


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