Finance and Accountancy Briefing
Taking AIM 2011 report - Making steady progress
In Westminster and in Brussels, the potential of smaller companies to drive growth, exports and international competitiveness is increasingly understood.
The findings of this survey can only help. They highlight the resilience of the market as we emerge from challenging economic conditions. In 2010, AIM continued to demonstrate its ability to help growing businesses raise capital as total fundraisings were 24% higher compared to 2009 and new admissions nearly trebled. And, as valuations increased, the FTSE AIM indices showed strong growth, with the AIM All-share increasing by more than 40% from the start of 2010 and far outperforming the 8% increase in the FTSE 100.
There are strong grounds for optimism about the health, and future, of the UK small-cap sector. With the wider economic climate still uncertain, the access to equity finance that AIM provides is more important than ever. The new companies that joined in 2010 are the beginning of a growing, healthy, long-term pipeline of issuers, looking to join the market.
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