SmallBizPod #39 – how to float on AIM

Marcus Stuttard deputy head of AIM, the London stock exchange for growing businesses, discusses the practicalities of listing on AIM and the future of the market.

By Alex Bellinger
3rd February 2007 at 1:52 am

This week SmallBizPod #39, the podcast for anyone interested in entrepreneurship or starting and running their own business, takes a detailed look at what it takes to list your business on AIM, the London Stock Exchange‘s market for growth businesses in the UK and beyond. The show includes an interview with the deputy head of AIM, Marcus Stuttard, and also a new segment, the diary of a ‘wantrepreneur’ as well as the usual feedback and commentary from listeners.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.
• 01:32 Thank you and hello to all new listeners and how to send your feedback.


• 04:29 Interview with Marcus Stuttard, deputy head of AIM. Marcus outlines some of the practical issues facing businesses looking to list on AIM including how to work with nominated advisers, dubbed NOMADS. Alex and Marcus also talk about why a business might prefer listing rather than private equity as a means of finance, how challenging an IPO is for a business, understanding the practicalities of being under public scrutiny, disclosure and open communication. The interview also touches on some of the challenges facing AIM itself.


• 19.10 Email comment from Daley Ervin at Arizona State University with comments on the Taylor/Labarre interview and seeks advice on reading for budding entrepreneurs from SmallBizPod listeners.
• 20:41 Email comment from Nick Jones re umms and errs.
• 21:38 Email comment from Nuno Pereira in Portugal who suggests a SmallBizPod listeners’ forum. What do you think, should SmallBizPod have a forum?
• 22:39 Email comment fro Lucie at Follet Motors on Commerzbank or Commerce Bank.
• 23:19 Email comment from entrepreneurship student Laura Hammond.
• 23:19 Email comment from Russell Barton, a photographer in Western Australia with a particularly impressive blog.
• 25:13 New faces on the SmallBizPod Frappr Map – add yours too and check out too.
• 26:48 Comment on the blog from Rob Smorfitt re innovation – inspiration or necessity?


• 27:43 Diary of a Wantrepreneur with Kelvin Jones. Don’t forget to email your views or leave a comment here on whether or not Kelvin should attend a course on entrepreneurship?


• 40.56 Music 2 Steps Back by Nick Zero with thanks to Rest.

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  1. Colin Bruce says:


    Did the AIM discussion ever touch on minimum costs per year to maintain an AIM listing. Various figures are quoted and some clarification would be good.


  2. alex says:

    Hi Colin

    No it didn’t touch on costs per year, but it’s a good point. I wish I’d raised it. Will follow up and see if can get some feedback/estimates.

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