Jim Durkin CEO, Cenkos

“We continue to see investor support for promising businesses with ambitious management”

Sponsor foreword

We are once again delighted to be sponsoring the fourth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s report showcasing companies that inspire Britain. Since the publication of the first edition in 2013, the UK economy has continued on its path to recovery across a range of businesses. Access to capital, together with entrepreneurial and managerial talent, has been and will continue to be a critical enabler of this growth.

Despite the challenging economic backdrop, we remain optimistic about the UK business environment and prospects, and are pleased to have experienced a strong start to the year, with a number of significant fundraisings successfully executed for our clients. We continue to see investor support for promising businesses with ambitious management.

The local equity markets represent a competitive advantage for businesses in the UK, particularly in the case of smaller companies where AIM is unrivalled in Europe. In 2016, £20.8bn was raised in the London equity markets. This compares with £34.5bn and £32.3bn in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

Cenkos has raised in excess of £15bn since its inception in 2005.

We are proud to have contributed to the success of some of the companies highlighted on the following pages, from executing an initial IPO to raising the capital and providing the advisory support for ambitious corporate transactions. Our clients are representative of the sector and regional diversity of the 1000 companies, and our efforts are aligned to meet their needs.

Cenkos remains committed to bringing together capital and enterprise, and to playing an ongoing role as a leading stockbroker in fostering shareholder returns. This effort sits at the core of the virtuous cycle of investment and reinvestment in the leading businesses of the future.