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15% of SMEs polled are currently listed on AIM and the same number plan to list as part of their growth strategy, research finds.

The number of small British businesses listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is set to double, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer. Some 15 per cent of SMEs polled are listed on AIM and a further 15 per cent plan to list in the future as part of their growth strategy.

Ninety per cent of those SMEs already listed on AIM have seen a positive impact on their business and 43 per cent state they have seen a significant positive impact. One per cent believed that listing on AIM has had a negative impact on their business and 9 per cent state that they have not yet seen an impact.