Aquis Stock Exchange - Camille Gochez
The Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) is a primary and secondary market for equity and debt securities with a regulatory environment designed to meet the needs of small-cap issuers wishing to go public or to access growth capital.
AQSE provides access to companies from a wide range of countries and sectors, with access to a diverse set of investors (incl. EIS funds), and a supportive advisory community, who understand the needs of entrepreneurial businesses.
With more than 100 issuers quoted on the exchange, AQSE has helped companies raise over £120m to help fund their growth. Such companies include winemaker Chapel Down, Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, blockchain investment vehicle KR1… which have all enjoyed a successful public life since their flotation on Aquis.
Thanks to AQSE’s regulatory status as a recognised stock exchange, securities admitted to the AQSE Growth market are eligible for the full range of qualifying company tax reliefs, including EIS and reliefs from capital gains and inheritance tax.
Furthermore, AQSE has put a number of measures in place to protect its market, reduce spreads, boost liquidity and ensure that retail investors are treated equally to institutions.
AQSE is committed to putting the public back into public markets and becoming the home of growth companies.
Bure Valley Group Ltd - Antony Wade
Bure Valley Group is the private investor network and EIS platform that allows you to follow the lead of experienced investors into early-stage companies. All our opportunities are funded to a minimum of 30% before they appear on the platform, meaning an investment has serious backing before you commit. We understand EIS is an exciting concept, but we also understand the importance of putting the investors’ interests and compliance at the core of the activity. Extensive due diligence is carried out by the team; valuations and entrepreneurs are questioned in depth; and opportunities scrutinised before we seek firm commitments to fund a significant proportion of a target fund-raise, by our existing investor network. Once these commitments are in place, our platform allows every-day investors to invest directly into these pre-vetted, early-stage companies and SMEs. Shadow Founder’s ability to call on an established network of business angels and other professional investors, including family offices, venture capital and other authorised financial institutions, to commit to an opportunity before it is presented on the platform, provides comfort for investors.
Business Funding Show - Arina Osiyannaya
The Business Funding Club is the premier network connecting entrepreneurs, funders, and service providers. Our aim is to close the funding knowledge gap by educating entrepreneurs about their finance options and arming them with the tools to secure the capital they need to grow. BFC members gain access to exclusive events, showcase opportunities at our workshops, consultations, and FundingMatches.com. Our annual flagship event, the Business Funding Show, is the only exhibition in the UK and EU dedicated exclusively to business finance.
To view memberships, go to bizfundingclub.com/memberships
The Business Funding Show began in 2016 as the only exhibition in the UK and EU dedicated exclusively to business finance. Since then, we have evolved intoa series of events, including workshops, conferences and the annual Show.
Each event revolves around the goal of closing the funding knowledge gap for entrepreneurs by bringing forth notable industry leaders to both educate entrepreneurs and connect with them.
To view our calendar of events, please see bizfundingclub.com/events
CoInvestor - Chris Sandfield
We are providing fund managers and financial advisers with fully integrated software to digitise and enhance the management of tax-efficient investments, which in turn is enabling sophisticated investors to access premium opportunities, streamlined investment processes and best in class reporting.
Historically alternative assets have been more opaque than other asset classes, but this is changing with new regulations. The digitisation of alternative asset investing has brought about greater transparency, the ability to have clear audit trails, and creates an ability to access all comparative data in one place, which serves to improve best execution for the end investor.