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The Entrepreneurial Exchange

Advantages And Drawbacks Of A Public Market Listing

Focus Dinner

Going public can be one of the most important events in a company's life.  But what are the pros and cons of a public market listing.

Hamish Grant recently stepped down as Chief Executive Officer at Axeon Holdings plc, Europe’s largest independent supplier of lithium-ion battery systems for electric and hybrid electric vehicles, power tools and mobile power.  Hamish started the company in 1999, hiring the first member of the Axeon team and obtaining seed capital equity funding and was responsible for leading the overall business strategy and creating a world-class management team.  He led several rounds of private equity financing before floating the company on AIM in 2005.

Ana Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of i-design. Ana established i-design in 1991 and co founded it as a limited company in 1995 and floated it on AIM in 2007.  With over 17 years experience working with banking partners in the self service industry, Ana has pioneered ATM interface solutions and has created the world’s only end-to-end ATM marketing technology and third party media sales solution, ATM:ad. Ana is responsible for the growth of i-design and its pioneering software solutions in the UK and overseas; as such i-design has recently secured its first overseas banking partner in Greece.  In addition, Ana founded and still manages the continued success of ATM:ad’s dedicated and experienced third party media sales team, based in London.  Ana won Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year at the Exchange Awards Dinner in 2007.

The dinner will be chaired by former Exchange Chairman, Jim McColl OBE.

Venue information

Howard Hotel 34 Great King Street

0131 557 3500


Jim McColl, OBE, Clyde Blowers


  • Hamish Grant
  • Ana Stewart, i-design,
  • www.i-design.co.uk

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"Valuable first hand view of the pros and cons of having a listing".

"As always, useful to listen to other peoples experiences".

"It was good to hear from people who have experience of the benefits and also the down side of obtaining a listing".

"Key tip was profile associated with a listing is valuable. Also the discipline of preparing for a listing (eg. financial, legal and governance preparation) is useful. Confirmation that annual costs of being listed are high".

"IPO does not suit everyone and it costs to do it and maintain it!! Not just cash!".

"Think very carefully before going forward for a listing and make sure you fully appreciate what's involved".

"Jim gave some great tips and advice and lots of useful anecdotes! Appreciate him giving up his time for the Entrepreneurial Exchange".

"Jim is an excellent presenter with the ability to make a complex subject seem simple".

"Hamish was a good speaker with lots of knowledge and experience".

"Anna gave a very interesting presentation which was all the more interesting as I-desin have only recently obtained a listing made".

"Nice relaxed format which works well".

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