Public equity markets examined at event

Tim Ward (QCA), Mark Wesker (Osborne Clarke), Simon Quinn (Moon Consulting), Jasper Berry (WH Ireland)

Tim Ward (QCA), Mark Wesker (Osborne Clarke), Simon Quinn (Moon Consulting), Jasper Berry (WH Ireland)

35 local business directors from across the South West recently gathered to examine the current state of the public equity markets and whether now was the right time to list their business.

The event was a joint venture between Moon Consulting, WH Ireland, the Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) and Osborne Clarke.

It was held at the UK law firm’s Bristol Office.

Keynote speakers were Tim Ward of the QCA and Jasper Berry of stockbrokers WH Ireland, who gave a candid assessment on the advantages and disadvantages of public equity finance.

A Q&A panel discussion followed, where a variety of directors from businesses of all sizes and sectors debated the topic.

Simon Quinn, Senior Search Consultant at Moon Consulting comments: “This series of events has proved extremely popular with clients and I want to thank everyone involved in making it such a success.

“We want to guide directors through the many finance options available so they can find what works for their business.”

Tim Ward, Chief Executive of QCA adds: “”Events like this are very important to spread the word about how public equity finance is vital for a growing economy.”

Jasper Berry, Head of Institutional Sales at stockbroker WH Ireland comments: “Public equity finance offers businesses of all sizes the opportunity to attract capital and grow.

“This event showed how business owners can build a relationship with brokers to understand what investors want and deliver value that benefits all parties.”

Mark Wesker, Corporate Finance Partner at Osborne Clarke, comments: “The success of this event demonstrates the increasing interest of businesses in becoming listed companies.

“This reflects the attractiveness of the equity markets to growing businesses and the strength of the economy in the South West.”