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July 2014 AIM Prospector goes live

The July 2014 edition of AIM Prospector, the Blackthorn Focus publication dedicated to AIM-quoted companies, went live to the public today.

There is a link to the publication here.

"It's great to get another edition of AIM Prospector out." said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus and Editor of AIM Prospector. "The level of interest in AIM shares has increased significantly in recent months. AIM Prospector fills an important niche by producing a significant write-up on five AIM-quoted companies every month."

"The commercial support of the industry is vital to AIM Prospector's long-term future. For that reason I am very pleased to thank Spreadex and Stockopedia for their support."

June edition of AIM Prospector goes live

The June 2014 edition of AIM Prospector, the Blackthorn Focus magazine dedicated to covering AIM-quoted companies, is now live.

"AIM is home to a large number of fascinating businesses" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus and editor of AIM Prospector. "AIM Prospector could not happen without the support of its commercial sponsors: Walbrook PR and Spreadex. It is of great credit to these organisations that they support the initiative."

You can read AIM Prospector free of charge here.

AIM Investor Focus: April 30th

AIM Investor Focus, the investor access event for AIM-quoted companies, will run again on April 30th.

Six companies will be participating. The event brings together private investors, fund managers and media in one place and on one day to meet some of AIM's most successful companies.

Participating companies are: Alternative Networks, Brooks Macdonald, Gooch & Housego, IndigoVision, Lidco and Share plc.

The event will be hosted by finnCap. PR partner for the event is MHP Communications.

Tim Ward, Chief Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance, will be joining as event chair and lunchtime speaker.

Private investors can apply to attend the event free of charge here.

"I know of no better event for AIM and smallcap investors than AIM Investor Focus" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "It gives me great pleasure to again announce a strong programme of both participating companies and partners. This will be the third occasion that MHP and finnCap have supported the event and again I welcome them. Thanks also go to Tim Ward, whose organisation does such great work for quoted companies in the UK."

April edition of AIM Prospector goes live

AIM Prospector, the Blackthorn Focus online magazine dedicated to reporting on AIM companies is made available to all readers today.

Again, the magazine features reports on five AIM-quoted companies and is sponsored by Walbrook PR, the City financial PR firm. AIM Prospector can be read here:

http://www.aimprospector.co.uk/news/201404-edition-live

Blackthorn Focus launches AIM Prospector

Blackthorn Focus today announces the launch of AIM Prospector, a new online magazine filled with free research and analysis of AIM-quoted companies.

"With AIM shares now allowed into ISAs and with the abolition of stamp duty on AIM trades on its way in April, AIM is probably one of the most tax-efficient investment classes of all" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

"To highlight some of the opportunities present in this market, Blackthorn Focus has launched AIM Prospector. The magazine is free to readers."

Blackthorn Focus would like to thank Walbrook PR for its sponsorship of AIM Prospector.

"Walbrook PR has the vision to appreciate the need for a publication like this in the UK smallcap market. Their support shows their commitment to the sector and their wisdom in acknowledging that smallcap media cannot happen without commercial support."

NEDucation: April 15th, 2014

NEDucation, the Blackthorn Focus update event for non-executive directors of UK-listed companies, will run again on April 15th at the offices of BDO in London.

John Stewart, Chairman of Legal & General Group will deliver the keynote address.

Also speaking is Colin Melvin, CEO of Hermes Equity Ownership Services.

The event will again be sponsored by financial communications firm MHP.

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus said: "This will be the fifth occasion that NEDucation has run. This shows the relevance of the issues to the non-executive director community. I would like to thank all of our speakers for coming together and creating such a compelling event programme."

For more information on the next NEDucation, see the event schedule here.

AIM Investor Focus: October 2013

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 to run on October 11th

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 speaks at Financial Services Club

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."

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