Policy & the QCA
The QCA aims to effectively represent the interests of the UK’s 1,100+ small and mid-sized quoted companies to government, regulators and other policymakers in the UK and EU.
Why do small and mid-caps matter?
Small and mid-sized quoted companies - also known as "growth companies" - are a vital market sector in the UK:
- They employ over 2.1 million people and
- Contribute at least £25 billion in taxes - about 5% of total UK tax take.
These businesses account for 91% of all companies on UK public equity markets, but make up just 15% of market capitalisation.
There is a vast difference in size between the largest 100 companies and the 1,100+ growth companies on the UK's public equity markets.
Small and mid-sized quoted companies are often disproportionately impacted by rules and regulations as they lack the resources to influence and react to regulatory and policy change.
What we want
At the QCA we emphasise proportionality in policy making and thinking “small first” when creating new rules and regulations for business.
We want to promote a good business environment, with low regulatory burden, for small and mid-caps currently on public equity markets so that they can focus on growth.
We also want to promote healthy public markets that are viable financing channels for the growth companies of the future.
What we do
- We engage with key stakeholders (for example HMT, BEIS, HMRC, FCA, FRC/ARGA) to bring them together with growth companies and help them understand
- We respond to consultations and other policy developments on behalf of small and mid-sized quoted companies - see recent policy responses here.
- We produce insight and analysis to help shape the agenda for policymakers.
The QCA’s policy work is run by a small team of staff that manages seven Expert Groups.
These groups bring together key individuals from QCA member firms to focus on specific issues.
Accounting, Audit & Financial Reporting
Our Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting Expert Group campaigns for proportionate reporting standards for small and mid-sized quoted companies.
Our Corporate Governance Expert Group works with boards, investors and regulators to promote high quality corporate governance by small and mid-sized quoted companies.
Our Legal Expert Group ensures that new and revised regulations that affect small and mid-sized quoted companies are proportionate and appropriate for the sector.
Our Primary Markets Expert Group acts as a dynamic forum composed solely of nominated advisers and brokers to discuss primary market issues with a view of influencing market practice, market structures and the regulatory framework to support firms advising small and mid-sized quoted companies.
Our Secondary Markets Expert Group deals with issues arising from the UK Government and regulators that affect secondary market issues to do with the trading and settlement of shares.
Our Share Schemes Expert Group examines all aspects of share scheme regulation to ensure that they remain cost effective and easy to implement for small and mid-sized quoted companies.
Our Tax Expert Group campaigns to introduce measures that encourage investment in the small and mid-sized quoted company sector and reduce the tax burden and the complexity of the tax system.
The QCA/YouGov Small and Mid-Cap Sentiment Index tracks the business sentiment of the small and mid-cap quoted company sector and key issues affecting small and mid-cap quoted companies, their advisors, investors and other market participants.
Started in 2011, the Index covers issues such as confidence in the UK economy, hiring intentions, turnover expectations, access to finance, corporate governance, fiscal incentives and more.
You can download the reports on the results of the Index here:
- Wave 29 - Q4 2022
- Wave 28 - Q2 2022
- Wave 27 - Q4 2021
- Wave 26 - Q2 2021
- Wave 25 - Q4 2020
- Wave 24 - Q2 2020 - How are companies responding to the COVID-19 challenge?
- Wave 23 - Q4 2019
- Wave 22 - Q2 2019
- Wave 21 - Q4 2018
- Wave 20 - Q2 2018
- Wave 19 - Q4 2017
- NEDs and boardroom behaviour
- Wave 18 - Q2 2017
- Wave 17 - Autumn 2016
- Wave 16 - Spring 2016
- Wave 15 - Autumn 2015
- Wave 14 - Summer 2015
- Wave 13 - Spring 2015
- Wave 12 - Q3 2014
- Wave 11 - Q2 2014
- Wave 10 - Q1 2014
- Wave 9 - Q4 2013
- Wave 8 - Q3 2013
- Wave 7 - Q2 2013
- Wave 6 - Q1 2013
- Wave 5 - Q4 2012
- Wave 4 - Q3 2012
- Wave 3 - Q2 2012
- Wave 2 - Q1 2012
- Wave 1 - Q3 2011