Blackthorn Focus runs events for financial markets professionals, companies and their investors.
AIM Investor Focus, the corporate access event for AIM-listed companies and their investors, will run again on Thursday, October 10th at the City offices of finnCap, in association with MHP Communications.
Five AIM-listed companies will be presenting: GOALS Soccer Centres, idox, IndigoVision, Matchtech Group and Staffline.
"I thank finnCap and MHP for supporting this event again" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "The companies assembled have enjoyed considerable success and Blackthorn Focus welcomes investors to this event."
For more information, or to register your interest in attending, see the event page here.
NEDucation, the Blackthorn Focus update event for non-executive directors of UK-listed companies, will run again on October 11th at the Baker Street offices of BDO.
This will be the third year running that the event will take place at BDO.
"There is a spotlight being turned on the role played by non-executive directors at UK-listed companies" says David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "This event continues to help keep non-executives ahead of developments, enabling them to operate to the very highest standards."
More information on the event is here.
David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, accepted an invitation to speak at a recent meeting of the Financial Services Club at the Institute of Directors on May 21st.
Mr O'Hara was invited to provide the shareholder's perspective on the financial crisis and suggest measures that could be taken to reduce the possibility of such a sequence of events occurring again.
"I'd like to thank Chris Skinner of the Financial Services Club for giving me this platform. There were clearly a number of causes of the financial crisis. However, it would be wrong to say that shareholders had no-one to blame but themselves. Some of the institutions that got into the most difficulty were, until the crisis struck, very successful businesses."
"There are some great, world-class companies listed on AIM today." said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "Many investors regard hearing directly from management to be a vital part of their research process. AIM Investor Focus brings AIM-listed companies and investors together in one place on one day."
Following the success that the event enjoyed last April, April 17th will see this event return to the City.
Thanks to the support of finnCap and MHP Communications, five AIM companies have been recruited to participate in this unique event.
For more information, visit the event page here.
David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, appears in the Summer 2012 edition of Stocktake, the quarterly customer magazine from Selftrade.
In his article Dividend Hikers, Mr O'Hara reports on companies with a long history of successive dividend rises.
You can read Stocktake here.
NEDucation is a Blackthorn Focus conference for non-executive directors of UK-listed companies.
The next NEDucation event will take place on November 8th, 2012. The event will be hosted by BDO, the leading accounting and audit services firm.
"NEDucation 2011 was very well-received by delegates" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "I am very pleased to take NEDucation back to BDO in Baker Street again in November for the third event in the series."
David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, appeared as a guest on the recent video webcast from TheWiseMonkeys.
In a feature covering the new ISA season, Mr O'Hara referred to the continued ban on AIM shares being held in ISAs, along with highlighting some of the most successful companies listed on AIM.
"If we want people to invest in their ISAs we should make it as simple as possible for them to do so rather than putting up all these hurdles they have to be familiar with" said Mr O'Hara. "ISAs are an incredibly efficient way of building wealth and smaller companies are vital to the economy."
The video of the webcast can be viewed here.
AIM Investor Focus, a one day corporate access event for AIM-listed companies and investors will take place on April 25th at the Barbican in London.
AIM companies have signed up to the event to make corporate presentations to an audience of private investors and run a series of meetings with the institutional fund manager community.
"There are some very successful companies on London's Alternative Investment Market" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "AIM Investor Focus will bring together, in one place and on one day a collection of AIM companies and investors looking to hear more. The companies collected there will be a honeypot for smallcap investors."
More information on AIM Investor Focus and how investors can attend is here.
David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, has opened a government e-petition, demanding an end to the ban on private investors holding AIM-listed shares in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs).
Mr O'Hara said:
"For too long the Treasury has not allowed private investors to shelter their AIM stocks from taxation. This creates additional complication to the ISA rules and denies investors the opportunity to invest in some of the UK's best growth businesses without running into the tax man.
The ban is obtuse, absurd and an anachronism. Following the abolition of taper-relief I see no reason for this ban to remain. The ban undermines liquidity in the UK smallcap arena, effectively holding back the value of some of Britain's best small and medium enterprises. The ban does no favours to anybody, it is time it went."
The government e-petition can be signed here:
signatories' identification details are kept private by the government and their names are not visible to anyone but the government e-petitions staff.