The founding principle of Alternative Investment Market (AIM) was to provide liquidity and low-cost capital to companies that would otherwise have to raise money from venture capital or business angels. In fulfilling this objective, Alternative Investment Market (AIM) has been a huge success by any measure – and the numbers of overseas companies that are now choosing AIM as their home attests to the international reputation the market has acquired as a dynamic and effective platform for growth.
Since its beginnings in 1995, Alternative Investment Market (AIM) has evolved remarkably. The diversity of companies – in terms of sector, market capitalisation, provenance and ownership – that now reside on the market is inspiring. Moreover, as the market has matured, so certain characteristics specific to certain groups of Alternative Investment Market (AIM) companies have started to reveal themselves.