Summary:- What is required to float company shares and go public

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company flotation.

Many owners and financial backers of startup businesses say that they intend to exit their business in three to five years. And most will say that their route out of the business is a floatation.

These days in the UK, it is perfectly possible to take a small company to public listed status on a relatively tight budget, and with minimum management overhead by taking the company to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange or to take it to OFEX.

AIM exists to foster smaller-companies that want their shares to be traded publicly. It is less complex and costly an option than the Main List of the London Stock Exchange.

OFEX was set up to provide an "Off-Exchange" facility for trading shares and is able to provide a share market platform in London. A good flotation proving ground.

A flotation team of advisers includes:-
financial adviser,
corporate broker,
lawyer,
reporting accountant,
financial PR agency,
financial printers.

It is well worth networking your team in advance to give you confidence during a stressful period and to allow you time to manage your business during the six month run-up to flotation.

A good article on going from private to public in the UK may be downloaded here ...
The New York Stock Exchange has similar demands as listed in their manual available here ... and information on listing on Wall Street here ...

 



Before approaching anyone for a business loan, it is essential to make up a business plan in a format that can be easily read by the prospective source of funds.
It is important for the main facts to be brief but complete and supported by further documentation if required.
A business plan that resembles a short novel full of hype is not the way to attract backers.
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