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David O'Hara writes for July aimZine

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

The article featured contributions from the leading women in the UK's smallcap arena.

"There are a number of women at the very top in and around AIM", said Mr O'Hara. "This was a great opportunity to hear from them and better understand what draws professionals to London's dynamic junior market".

David O'Hara writes for June aimZine

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

The article covers the performance of the Blackthorn Focus AIM indices GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus.

The quarterly reconstitution of the indices sees First Derivatives and H&T Group join INCOMEfocus, while Eros International, Hutchison China MediTech, Nichols, Brooks Macdonald and Advanced Medical Solutions join GROWTHfocus.

"The performance of these two indices since their incorporation has been remarkable" said Mr O'Hara. "There are a large number of high quality AIM companies out there and the returns reported in aimZine demonstrate how well investors can do by backing them."

GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus reconstituted

GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus, the indices of AIM companies that have been growing sales and dividends respectively, have undergone their latest quarterly reconstitution.

"This quarterly rebalancing again demonstrates the appeal of growing AIM companies." said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "One company, Toluna, leaves the GROWTHfocus index following a buyout, while at another, Education Development International, a takeover is imminent. The popularity of the companies in these indices is reflected in the index performance. Both GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus have materially outperformed the AIM All-Share index in the nine months since inception."

David O'Hara writes for May aimZine

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, appears in this month's edition of aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

"Recent experiences have highlighted the fragmentation of trade reporting on AIM" says Mr O'Hara. "This has made it more difficult for the investment community to properly assess the liquidity of AIM securities. I look forward to seeing how this develops as AIM continues to mature."

David O'Hara writes for April aimZine

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, appears in the April edition of aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

"In this month's aimZine I have written up the proceedings of the recent London Stock Exchange AIM Conference" said Mr O'Hara. "This was a fascinating event. The tone and content demonstrated just how significant AIM's rehabilitation has been since the lows of the financial crisis. AIM remains the world's leading market for growing companies. I look forward to continuing my commentary on the Alternative Investment Market in future editions of aimZine."

Blackthorn Focus in The Glass Hammer

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, is quoted in a recent article on the number of women in senior positions in the UK's leading companies in The Glass Hammer.

"This issue is right at the forefront of modern corporate governance" says Mr O'Hara. "It is important we get the right people running plcs in the UK for the good of investors, staff and the wider economy."

GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus reconstituted

Blackthorn Focus indices GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus recently underwent their 3-month reconstitution, some moving into the indices while others departed.

Gooch & Housego, Dealogic and Lonrho join the GROWTHfocus index. Healthcare Locums, Caretech and Clipper Windpower have all left.

In INCOMEfocus, the largest AIM companies to have increased their dividends over the last five years, Education Development International comes into the index, replacing First Derivatives.

David O'Hara writes for February aimZine

Blackthorn Focus' Founder, David O'Hara, appears in the latest edition of aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

In this article, Mr O'Hara looks at the range of goods and services provided by AIM companies.

"The British economy is often criticised for being too focussed on the services industry and AIM for being top-heavy in resources companies. This shows just how many world-class manufacturers we have on AIM and the prevalence of goods produced by AIM companies on the high street and in our supermarkets."

David O'Hara writes for January aimZine

aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community, this month publishes an article by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

AIM in 2011 is a collection of end-of-year comments from expert participants on the Alternative Investment Market. Contributors included Gavin Oldham, Chief Executive of thesharecentre and Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM.

"I am delighted to bring this commentary to aimZine's readers" said Mr O'Hara. "After a couple of tough years, the outlook for AIM is much improved as the world's leading growth market continues to develop and mature."

David O'Hara writes for December aimZine

This month aimZine publishes an update on the progress of INCOMEfocus and GROWTHfocus, the Blackthorn Focus indices of growing AIM-listed companies.

"I am delighted to report on the first three months of these two indices" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "Since September, there has been an enormous bull market among the UK's smallcap companies, an advance some of the most successful companies on the market have joined."

"As AIM's growing companies progress, we look forward to measuring their performance against the wider market via these two indices."

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