After the postponement of the previous years’ dinner due to Covid-19, the evening was a much anticipated event in support of diverse, proportionate and prosperous financial markets in the UK. With small and mid-sized quoted companies representing over 90% of quoted companies, the evening was an opportunity to rebuild and strengthen valued relationships in support of favourable markets for those companies that are often deemed the “engines of growth.” We are proud to have such a diverse attendance from the UK economy which included company directors, investors, market operators, journalists, policymakers and regulators.
The event was sponsored by the London Stock Exchange, with BoardEx as Supporting sponsor, Link Group as Champagne Reception sponsor and Winterflood Securities as After-Dinner Drinks sponsor.
The dinner was hosted by Guest Presenter Jeremy Vine and also welcomed Guest Speaker, Mandy Hickson who inspired guests with her motivational story on teamwork, decision-making and communication throughout her career as a front line female pilot.
Adam McConkey, Chair of the Quoted Companies Alliance and Portfolio Manager at Lombard Odier Investment Managers addressed guests in his welcome speech. He stressed the importance of connections for the small and midcap community. He also stated: “I genuinely believe that the impact of small and mid-sized quoted companies is incomparable. Their unique character means that they have the agility and potential to deliver value not only in terms of wealth creation, but also in relation to the social, economic and environmental issues of our time. I am sure that what binds our community together is that we all want to see our economy, our environment and our society thrive, and I fundamentally believe that small and mid-caps have a vital role to play in this regard.”
Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM and UK Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange Group also addressed guests and stated: “Over the course of the past 18 months, small and mid-sized quoted companies have shown tremendous resilience in responding to the challenges of the pandemic. These companies play an outsized role in creating employment and economic growth and they have continued to deliver for their employees, shareholders and society more widely. Core to our mission at London Stock Exchange is connecting companies to capital, enabling them to access funding quickly and efficiently to grow and innovate. I would like to thank our small and mid-sized companies and the QCA for their significant contributions and ongoing work.”
Overall, the event was a much anticipated evening in celebration of the small and midcap community. We hope that the relationships and connections we hold continue to allow us to champion the interests of small and mid-sized quoted companies, and collectively allow us to acheive a prosperous and diverse UK economy.