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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David O'Hara writes for May aimzine

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

"For many companies, an AIM listing is just one of the options. In this months article I interviewed two company bosses, one that has taken his company back to the Alternative Investment Market from the Official List and a second who took his company private."

David O'Hara writes for April aimzine

aimZine today publishes The Non-Executive Director, an article on their role and effectiveness by David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus.

"I am delighted to contribute again to aimZine" said Mr O'Hara. "The role of non-executive directors in smaller quoted companies is a vital one and deserves close examination. The experience of launching NEDucation 2010 has taught me many things about the way this role is perceived by companies and the investor community."

David O'Hara speaks at cityzone directorFORUM event

David O'Hara, Founder of Blackthorn Focus, was Guest Speaker at the cityzone directorFORUM event at Cass Business School.

David's presentation focused on smallcap corporate governance issues and the forthcoming NEDucation 2010.

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