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GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus reconstituted

GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus, the two indices of growing AIM companies, were reconstituted at the end of November to incorporate the latest announced revenue, dividend and market capitalisation statistics.

"AIM's growing companies have continued their success" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "Increased dividend payouts from Hargreaves Services, Abcam, Group NBT and James Halstead have seen these companies join INCOMEfocus, the index of AIM's largest dividend-increasing companies.

"The success of Clipper Windpower, GW Pharma and Andor Technology puts them into the GROWTHfocus index of AIM companies that have grown turnover year-on-year for the last five years."

David O'Hara writes for October aimZine

Blackthorn Focus' Founder David O'Hara appears again as a contributor in this month's aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

"This time around I have decided to take a look at high-yielding AIM stocks" said Mr O'Hara. "There are plenty of small companies out there paying large, solid dividends to shareholders. The purpose of this article was to highlight these companies and secondly, put the record straight on AIM's record of paying dividends. AIM can be a fertile hunting ground for income-seeking investors as this research shows."

Blackthorn Focus publishes new study on Non-Executive Directors in the FTSE350

Non-Executive Directors in the FTSE350 is a Blackthorn Focus publication examining the distribution of Non-Executive Directors with the UK's 350 largest quoted companies.

"The role of the Non-Executive Director is perhaps the least well defined or understood of any within a public company" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "This study counts the Non-Executives in the FTSE350 as individuals, breaking down the numbers, detailing how many different roles individuals occupy at some of the country's largest corporations."

The publication also contains an expert summary from Chris Spencer-Phillips, Chairman and Managing Director at First Flight Placements.

Blackthorn Focus launches new AIM indices: GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus

Blackthorn Focus is proud to announce the launch of GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus, two new indices of shares listed on the Alternative Investment Market.

Using data supplied by Sharelock Holmes, Blackthorn Focus has established these two new indices to track the performance of AIM's growth companies.

GROWTHfocus is an index of the twenty largest companies listed on the Alternative Investment Market that have grown revenues year-on-year for the last five years.

INCOMEfocus tracks the share price progression of the twenty largest companies on AIM that have increased their dividends in each of the last five years.

"I am delighted with the launch of GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. "The last two years have been an exceptionally difficult time for the UK's smallcap financial markets. Companies have struggled to get their achievements recognised by the investment community, even when they have been demonstrating continued success."

"The Alternative Investment Market is home to some incredibly successful small companies" Mr O'Hara added. "The launch of GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus will help bring these companies to the fore by recognising their progress and achievements."

GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus comprise two diverse groups of companies.

David O'Hara added:

David O'Hara writes for September aimzine

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, features as a contributor to September's aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community.

In the article Tracking Quality AIM companies, Mr O'Hara proposes two new indices of AIM companies, GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus.

"I am delighted aimZine have published this analysis" said Mr O'Hara. "There are a large number of very successful companies on the Alternative Investment Market. I hope the creation of GROWTHfocus and INCOMEfocus will help highlight their success to the investor community."

David O'Hara writes for August aimzine

Today, aimZine, the online magazine for the AIM community, has published an article by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus. This article contained a collection of ideas on how AIM could change for the better.

"Plenty of people with an interest in the AIM market have their own ideas on what they would like to see being done differently. Unfortunately, these changes would frequently be to the detriment of other participants — such as investors, advisors or the companies themselves." said Mr O'Hara.

"I have put together a collection of ideas for change in this article. Some are radical and blue-sky while others address more minor procedural issues. I hope the publication of these ideas will stimulate debate and contribute in some way to the continuing development of the Alternative Investment Market."

David O'Hara writes for July aimZine

Today aimZine, the online magazine for the the AIM community, has published an article compiled by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, marking the fifteenth anniversary of the Alternative Investment Market.

The article contains expert commentary from a number of leading figures in the AIM community.

"AIM has brought hundreds of great investment opportunities for investors and provided the capital small, growing companies in the UK need. Its important role in job and wealth creation needs to be acknowledged by policy makers who should applaud this British success. I would like to acknowledge those experts who contributed to this article" said Mr O'Hara. Thanks go to:

David Kuo, Director at The Motley Fool
David Smith, Partner in Corporate Law at Fasken Martineau
Martin White, Chairman of UK Shareholders' Association
Adam Wilson, CEO of MENA-RL (100% owned subsidiary of Daniel Stewart)
Adam Hart, Chairman of London Bridge Capital and Chairman of the London Stock Exchange's AIM Advisory Group

Stockopedia syndicates Solutions for Smallcap Markets

Stockopedia, the online financial community, has today published a syndicated copy of the Blackthorn Focus publication Solution for Smallcap Markets.

"I am delighted Stockopedia have re-published Solutions for Smallcap Markets on their site" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

"Stockopedia is a great example of enterprise in the financial markets, and their syndication of Solutions for Smallcap Markets brings these issues to a new audience. I look forward to collaborating with Stockopedia in the future."

Stockopedia's syndicated version of the publication can be viewed here.

David O'Hara writes for June aimzine

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

This article contained the perspectives of leading experts in the UK smallcap investment market, including Jon Moulton of Better Capital and Marcus Stuttard, Head of AIM.

"The Alternative Investment Market has been a huge success for the London Stock Exchange, small companies and the investment community" said Mr O'Hara. "I am delighted the significance of the fifteenth anniversary of the market has been recognised and contributors took the time to acknowledge AIM's achievements."

Davies Arnold Cooper to host NEDucation 2010

Davies Arnold Cooper, the international law firm, will be hosting the Blackthorn Focus event NEDucation 2010 at their Bouverie Street offices on June 8th.

"I am delighted Davies Arnold Cooper will be supporting NEDucation 2010" said David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

As shown by the strong response from directors of UK-listed companies for NEDucation 2010, the community acknowledges their position in a changing regulatory and legislative environment. Advice of corporate lawyers is crucial to non-execs who wish to discharge their responsibilities with propriety and effect. Blackthorn Focus welcomes Davies Arnold Cooper to NEDucation 2010, their input and support will be greatly appreciated by delegates.

Another organisation has been added to the list of expert presenters at NEDucation 2010. Sarah Borrie of the London Stock Exchange will be speaking at the event, addressing 'The Market Interface'.

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