Over 250 members of the small and mid-sized quoted company community attended the Quoted Companies Alliance’s (QCA) Annual Dinner on Thursday 16th September. Guests 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.
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 important and valued relationships in support of a favourable market for those companies that are often deemed the “engines of growth.”
Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM and UK Primary Markets, London Stock Exchange Group commented:
“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.”
Adam McConkey, Chair of the Quoted Companies Alliance & Portfolio Manager, Lombard Odier Investment Managers commented:
“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.”
Tim Ward, Chief Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance, commented:
“As individuals and companies, we have never before faced the challenges of the last 18 months. We have all been affected by fluctuating freedoms, semi-restrictions and total lockdowns and whilst many have stumbled under the pressure, the QCA - with the amazing support of its members - is still going strong. It is great to see so many guests from different parts of our economic community come together at the QCA annual dinner. I believe this is a testament to the importance of the work we do and the value that small and mid-sized quoted companies bring to the UK economy. It is great to be able to come together in support of this community, and a collective desire for a strong, thriving financial markets.“
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Chief Executive, The Quoted Companies Alliance
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About The Quoted Companies Alliance
The Quoted Companies Alliance is the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-sized quoted companies. In 2019, there were around 1,250 small and mid-sized quoted companies in the UK, representing 93% of all companies quoted on stock exchanges. They employ approximately 3 million people, representing 11% of private sector employment in the UK, and contribute over £26bn in annual taxes (source).