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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.

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."

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.

AIM Investor Focus returns for 2013

AIM Investor Focus, the access event for AIM-listed companies and investors, will next run on April 17th at the offices of finnCap.

"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."

David O'Hara writes for Selftrade Stocktake

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.

BDO to host NEDucation 2012

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 appears on TheWiseMonkeys

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.

Blackthorn Focus launches AIM Investor Focus

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.

David O'Hara opens government e-petition

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.

aimZine features indices update

aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community, today features an article by Blackthorn Focus' Founder, David O'Hara.

This feature contained a summary of the performance of the two Blackthorn Focus AIM indices GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus.


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