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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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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