Investors take AIM

Investors may be looking to crowdfunding to deliver returns - especially in the form of EIS companies seved up on its platform – but the old-fashioned channels of raising capital are still available.

London’s second market for listing shares, the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is having something of a renaissance, argues accounting trade specialist outlet, Economia.

“AIM has proven to be particularly attractive to young fast-growing businesses, management buy-outs and buy-ins and family owned companies,” says Economia ["Why SMEs should take AIM on raising finance"]. It adds: “2013 was the biggest year for IPOs on AIM since 2007; an aggregate of £4 billion was raised, of which £680 million was raised in December 2013. 100 companies joined AIM in 2013…. The global economic recovery has of course been a key factor in AIM’s resurgence. Change in the law in August 2013 has also improved liquidity on AIM. The change permits UK ISA holders to invest in AIM shares for the first time.”

So crowdfunding is increasingly popular, but it’s not the only show in town.