With many other funding routes closed to them, AIM has proved to be a fantastic place for small companies to raise new capital to support their growth aspirations.To the end of September 2017 over £100bn has been raised since the junior market was launched in 1995, including approx. £4bn in 2017, highlighting the significant impact AIM has made.
Since the financial crisis the overall quality of AIM companies has improved substantially and investors have experienced exceptional returns, outperforming main market indices.
Many private investors are encouraged to support AIM companies due to the Inheritance Tax reliefs on offer and they would almost certainly be far less inclined to do so should these be withdrawn. This could result in a significant funding gap, starving many small UK companies of the patient capital they need to grow, just at a time when it is most needed as the UK leaves Europe.
However, AIM’s growing maturity, the much larger…
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