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The equity funding of smaller growing companies and regional stock exchanges

Amini, S, Keasey, K and Hudson, R (2010) The equity funding of smaller growing companies and regional stock exchanges. International Small Business Journal. 1 - 18 (18). ISSN 1741-2870


The credit crisis has led to tightened bank so lending to smaller firms it is no surprise that the debate concerning the re-introduction of regional stock exchanges into the UK has received fresh impetus. This article analyses all UK based Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) to contribute to this debate and the small firm funding literature. The results indicate that London has dominated IPO activity on the AIM; this reflects the dynamism of this local economy rather than differential funding across the regions. A more fruitful approach than developing regional stock exchanges might be for the current stock exchange to develop stronger links with small business advice and networking organizations working with these existing mechanism/structures to enhance the supply of equity and debt finance to suitable firms much earlier in their life-cycles.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Initial Public Offerings, small firm funding gap, UK regions
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Business (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2011 10:04
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:54
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266242610382931
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage
Identification Number: 10.1177/0266242610382931
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43222

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