London Stock Exchange Group
London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) is a global markets infrastructure business. We provide services for customers globally, focusing on intellectual property, risk and balance sheet management and capital formation. LSEG therefore plays a vital economic and social role, by enabling companies to access capital for growth and development, ultimately creating jobs of the future and contributing to GDP.
The Group is dedicated to helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) access the funding and support they need to scale. LSEG operates a broad range of international equity platforms, including the most successful global growth market, AIM. Our annual Companies to Inspire publications identify and celebrate some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic companies bringing them together as a community to share their success.
Our ELITE initiative connects scaling businesses to an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, advisers, investors, business leaders and SME stakeholders. SMEs are the lifeblood of any economy and LSEG has long campaigned for greater use of long-term patient capital for high-growth and innovative businesses.
Debt is perfectly suitable (and tax-deductible) for established companies to manage their obligations but is often unsuitable for high-growth, dynamic firms which seek to prioritise innovation and growth ahead of servicing a loan. Patient or long-term capital providers are increasingly supporting each other across the equity funding ladder, from angel finance to venture capital and crowdfunding through to public markets like AIM.
We recognise companies need guidance, expertise and practical advice to be able to grow their businesses to the next stage. LSEG provides one-to- one advice to management teams across the UK through a regional advisory team working to realise untapped potential. We also offer structured long-term engagement through ELITE.