Wednesday 22nd May – Thursday 23rd May 2024, 9am – 5pm

Keynote Speakers and Panelists

Georgina Brittain

Georgina Brittain, managing director, is a senior portfolio manager within the J.P. Morgan Asset Management International Equity Group, based in London. Georgina joined the firm in 1995. She obtained a MA in Classics from the University of Oxford, and earned a Diploma in Law from City University, London. She is a qualified barrister.

Thursday

Christopher Mills Headshot - UPDATED

Founder, Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Chief Executive Officer and principal shareholder of Harwood Capital Management since 2011. He founded JO Hambro Capital Management with Jamie Hambro in 1993 acting as Chief Investment Officer and Harwood Wealth with Alan Durant in 2013 until their respective sales in 2011 and 2020. He is CEO of North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust (“NASCIT”) which he has managed since 1982 and Executive Director of Oryx International Growth Fund which he has managed since 1995. NASCIT has delivered a total NAV per share of nearly 200x under Mr Mills’ management and is the winner of numerous Micropal Sunday Telegraph and S&P investment trust awards. He has sat on the Board of over 100 companies during his career including most recently Augean, MJ Gleeson, SureServe, Frenkel Topping and is currently Chairman of EKF Diagnostics and Renalytix AI. He was awarded a scholarship to go to university by Samuel Montagu and has a BA in Business Studies.

Wednesday

Gervais Williams

Head of Equities at Premier Miton Investors
Fund Manager: The Diverse Income Trust plc, Miton UK MicroCap Trust plc, Premier Miton UK Multi Cap Income Fund, Premier Miton UK Smaller Companies Fund

Gervais Williams is Head of Equities at Premier Miton Investors and manages a number of funds and trusts that aggregate to over £1.5bn, he joined the group in 2011. His fund management career extends over 30 years including 17 years at Gartmore Group Ltd, where he was Head of UK Small Companies investing in UK smaller companies and Irish equities. Gervais is a member of the AIM Advisory Council, and President of the Quoted Companies Alliance. He was a member of the Patient Capital Review panel with the Chancellor of the Exchequer six years ago where the recommendations were put into legislation in the subsequent budget. Gervais Williams has published three books, ‘Slow Finance’ in the autumn of 2011 (Bloomsbury), ‘The Future is Small’ published in November 2014 (Harriman House) and ‘The Retreat of Globalisation’ published in December 2016 (Harriman House).

Thursday

Lord John Lee

John Lee is regarded as one of the UK’s leading private investors having bought his first shares sixty years ago.  He was one of the earliest to recognise the long-term potential of PEPs, the forerunner of ISAs when they were launched in 1987 and was judged to be the first ISA “millionaire” in 2003.  He has written over 250 articles for FT Money and has given numerous lectures and interviews on his investment philosophy as a long-term “value” investor.  In 2014 Pearsons published his well-received How to Make a Million – Slowlymy guiding principles from a lifetime of successful investing. He is a Chartered Accountant with a wide experience of investment banking and business and is Patron of ShareSoc, the leading body lobbying and campaigning on behalf of private investors.  From 1979-92 he was a Member of Parliament, during this period he was both a Defence and Tourism Minister.  A former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, he sits as a member of the House of Lords as Lord Lee of Trafford and lives in Richmond, Surrey.  In 2019 he published Yummi YoghurtA First Taste of Stock Market Investment! which is aimed at teenager/novice investors. http://bit.ly/YummiYoghurt. He also now streams a monthly podcast with The Investors Chronicle called “Lee and the IC”.

Wednesday

Paul Hill Photo to use

Paul is a professional investor, capital markets commentator & equity analyst with more than 30 years experience

Thursday

Alan Charlton

I am a Full Time Professional Investor, having enjoyed a 30 year career working the Retail Industry, and been a Director of many well know High Street names. I have been fortunate to work directly for some of the greatest Retailers of the last generation, including Lord Kirkham, Sir Philip Green (interesting experience!!) and Sir Stuart Rose. Fortunate to have learned from some of the very best. I post occasionally on message boards as “Simso”…going right back to PaulyPiliots Pub and the old Motley Fool days! Current investment strategy is specifically focussed on stocks which benefit from the current environment.”

Wednesday

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson has been investing in individual stocks since 2003. Over the last decade Mark has generated a 19% compound annual return following a Value methodology vs a FTSE All-Share Total Return Index that has returned less than 8% over the same period. He has achieved this out-performance by developing a strategy that plays to his unique strengths and overcomes his weaknesses, in particular finding practical ways to overcome behavioural biases. His book Excellent Investing describes this approach and how investors of all types can generate higher and more consistent returns by developing their own strategy that plays to their strengths and overcomes their weaknesses.

Both days

Ed Croft

Edward Page Croft, CFA, is the CEO & founder of Stockopedia.com – the award-winning stock selection & portfolio analysis platform for individual investors. Ed has a background in asset management, having managed ultra high net wealth private client accounts at Goldman Sachs and a family office. Ed is a committed educator and regular keynote speaker at investment conferences focusing on the benefits of systematic investing in countering common behavioural biases.

Thursday

Charles Bond Photo

Charles Bond is a partner at the international law firm Gowling WLG, where he acts as UK head of Public Companies and  Capital Markets and the firm’s Natural Resources sector. Charles advises on equity capital markets and public and private M&A for clients in a variety of sectors. He often advises the boards of public companies, and is himself Chair of a Main Market listed company, Great Southern Copper Plc

Thursday

Frank Lewis Photo

Frank Lewis has immense experience as a serving non-executive director and Chairman of both quoted and private companies.

On more than one appointment, Frank has joined an established company that required quoted plc experience at board level before coming to the market. Frank is actively involved in mentoring CEOs and SME Boards and working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Frank is a past serving member of the London Stock Exchange’s AIM Advisory Group, a group of market professionals that provide input to the London Stock Exchange regarding the operation and regulation of AIM.

Thursday

Leon Boros

Leon is a retired Chartered Accountant and Corporate Financier. He has been investing since he was a teenager and has generated significant capital growth in his ISAs and SIPPs. Despite a single digit percentage loss in 2021 and making only modest gains in 2022 he has generated annualised returns in his ISA in excess of 17% p.a. over the last 30 years. He has a variety of interests which have helped occupy his time during the bear markets of recent years.

Both days

David O'Hara

David O’Hara is Founder of Blackthorn Focus, publisher of AIM Prospector, the online publication dedicated to AIM-quoted companies. David is an enthusiastic investor in shares and author of a successful government epetition that called for an end to the ban on AIM shares in ISAs.

Thursday

Exhibiting and Presenting Companies

Burford Capital is the leading global finance and asset management firm focused on law. Its businesses include litigation finance and risk management, asset recovery and a wide range of legal finance and advisory activities. Burford is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUR) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE: BUR), and it works with companies and law firms around the world from its offices in New York, London, Chicago, Washington, DC, Singapore, Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong.

Wednesday, Exhibit only

Rockwood Strategic Plc is an Investment Trust that invests in a focused portfolio of smaller UK public companies. The strategy identifies undervalued shares, where the potential exists to improve returns and where the company is benefitting, or will benefit, from operational, strategic or management changes. These unlock, create or realise shareholder value for investors.

Thursday, Present only 

Warpaint has been listed on AIM since 2016, and is a profitable, cash generative, dividend-paying business with no debt. Warpaint sells branded cosmetics under the lead brand names of W7 and Technic. W7 is sold in the UK primarily to major retailers and internationally to local distributors or retail chains. The Technic brand is sold in the UK and continental Europe with a significant focus on the gifting market, principally for high street retailers and supermarkets. In addition, Warpaint supplies own brand white label cosmetics produced for several major high street retailers. The Group also sells cosmetics
using its other brand names of Man’stuff, Body Collection, Very Vegan, and Chit Chat, each targeting a different demographic.

Wednesday, Present & Exhibit & Thursday, Present only

Polar Capital is a specialist active fund management company offering investors a diverse range of funds that are actively managed and led by experienced teams across regional, thematic and sector markets to deliver the best outcome for our clients.
Polar Capital manages a range of predominantly long-only equity funds, including three award-winning thematic investment trusts in the specialist sectors of technology, healthcare and financials. They have a fundamental, research-driven approach, where capacity is rigorously managed to enhance and protect performance.

Wednesday, Exhibit & Present 

The Property Franchise Group PLC (AIM: TPFG) is the UK’s largest multi-brand property franchisor, with a network of over 910 lettings and estate agency businesses delivering high quality services to residential clients, combined with an established Financial Services business.
The Company was founded in 1986 and has since strategically grown to a diverse portfolio of 15 brands operating throughout the UK, comprising longstanding high-street focused brands and two hybrid brands. The Property Franchise Group also
includes one of the UK’s leading networks for mortgage intermediaries, Mortgage Advice Bureau.
The Property Franchise Group’s brands are Belvoir, CJ Hole, Country Properties, Ellis & Co, EweMove, Hunters, Lovelle, Martin & Co, Mr and Mrs Clarke, Mullucks, Newton Fallowell, Nicholas Humphreys, Northwood, Parkers, and Whitegates

Wednesday, Exhibit & Present

Premier Miton

Thursday, Present only (Keynote)

JPMorgan Asset Management

Thursday, Present only (Keynote)

Time Finance plc is an AIM-listed business whose purpose is to help UK business thrive and survive through the provision of flexible funding solutions. UK Businesses can take advantage of its multi-product finance range comprising of Asset Finance, Invoice Finance, Secured Loans and Asset Based Lending. Since a new strategy was implemented in 2021, the business has grown rapidly, focussing on being an ‘own-book’ lender. Time Finance works with its introducer community to provide (as of Nov 2023) £188 million of funding to over 10,000 UK businesses to support their growth. Time Finance operates from four locations across the UK – Bath, Reading, Manchester, and Warrington and has over 140 employees.

Thursday, Present only

Anexo is a specialist integrated credit hire and legal services provider. The Group has created a unique business model by combining a direct capture Credit Hire business with a wholly owned Legal Services firm. The integrated business targets the impecunious not at fault motorist, referring to those who do not have the financial means or access to a replacement vehicle.

 Through its dedicated Credit Hire sales team and network of 1,100 plus active introducers around the UK, Anexo provides customers with an end-to-end service including the provision of Credit Hire vehicles, assistance with repair and recovery, and claims management services. The Group’s Legal Services division, Bond Turner, provides the legal support to maximise the recovery of costs through settlement or court action as well as the processing of any associated personal injury claim.

Bond Turner also operates a specialist housing disrepair division, dealing with claims around substandard conditions in rented properties, and is involved in large loss litigation and class actions including diesel emissions claims.

 The Group was admitted to trading on AIM in June 2018 with the ticker ANX. For additional information please visit: www.anexo-group.com

Wednesday, Exhibit & Present 

Poolbeg Pharma plc is committed to the development and commercialisation of innovative medicines targeting diseases with a high unmet medical need. Its model focusses upon developing its exciting clinical assets and commercialising approved and marketed drugs to fund
the development of its robust pipeline of innovative products, thereby driving significant value creation.
Poolbeg is led by an experienced leadership team with a history of delivering significant shareholder value. The team has been strengthened by the appointment of three former members of the Amryt Pharma plc leadership team, with the intention of repeating Amryt’s success and generating near term revenues.
Poolbeg’s clinical programmes target large addressable markets including CRS induced by cancer immunotherapies, infectious disease, and metabolic conditions such as obesity with the development of an oral GLP-1R agonist. It uses a cost-effective development philosophy to generate high quality human data to support partnering and further  development. Its AI-led infectious disease programmes analyse unique data from human challenge trials to identify clinically relevant drug targets and treatments, leading to faster development and greater commercial appeal.

Wednesday, Present only

Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc focuses exclusively on small to medium-sized companies.  Our two specialist fund managers have lived and breathed UK small business for almost half a century between them, developing a tried-and-tested, repeatable process to find fast-growing small business opportunities that many would overlook.

There are almost 2,000 quoted smaller companies in Britain. In the next decade, some may triple, quadruple, even quintuple in size.  Not everyone recognises the opportunity, and still fewer know how to find the most exciting prospects. Because where others see small, we see extraordinary.

About Invesco

Invesco Ltd. is a global independent investment management firm dedicated to delivering an investment experience that helps people get more out of life. In the UK we manage £1bn in investment trust assets on behalf of our investors (as at 31 March 2024).

Investment risks

Capital at risk. The investment trust invests in smaller companies which may result in a higher level of risk than a product that invests in larger companies. The investment trust uses derivatives for efficient portfolio management which may result in increased volatility in the NAV.

Important information

The Key Information Document (KID) is available on our website. Issued by Invesco Fund Managers Limited.

Thursday, Exhibit & Present

SulNOx Group Plc (Ticker: SNOX) – Taking You Further, Faster and Cleaner

The Greentech company providing next generation, natural solutions, for immediate progression towards carbon neutrality.

The world’s reliance on hydrocarbon liquid fuels continues to grow despite the success in many forms of renewable energy. SulNOx Group Plc specialises in inventing immediate and responsible solutions towards decarbonisation. Our patented, Greentech fuel conditioners are unique in reducing fuel consumption and the production of harmful, environmentally damaging greenhouse gas emissions such as NOx (>30%), whilst also reducing deadly Particulate Matter (PMs), including soot and smoke (PM2.5 ↓60+% and PM10 ↓50+%).

Simple to use and immediately effective, SulNOx has successfully sold our high margin, subscription products in 34 countries and are now demonstrating improving revenues with back-to-back record trading quarters, driven by expanding sales in Africa and the marine sector. Unaudited full year 2024 revenues were £555,290, almost triple the previous year (£203,061) with unaudited Q4 revenues of £314,995, up 201% on Q3 (£104,572) and up 282% vs Q4 2023 (£82,546).

How it Works: SulNOxEco™ Fuel Conditioners enhance all gasoline/petrol, diesel, marine fuels and biofuels by improving the burn profile. Given the amount of fuel consumption and emissions depends on the quality of combustion, SulNOx’s unique emulsification technologies promote cleaner combustion to optimize energy output, meaning reduced fuel consumption (typically between 8% and 10%). SulNOx also adds natural lubricity (now lacking with the removal of sulphur in fuel) and provides detergency to clean engines – leading to further savings, such as AdBlue reductions) and other mechanical benefits.

What sets SulNOx apart: Traditional fuel additives are often fossil fuel-based formulations from waste refinery products and solvents such as naphthalene or xylene. They work like adding lighter fluid to a fire to make the combustion burn harder and brighter. This is neither a solution for decarbonisation nor does it help reduce the harmful impact that fossil fuel combustion is having on air quality and the environment.

SulNOx has partnered with EcoVadis Platinum rated Nouryon BV (formerly Akzo Nobel) to produce our Greentech products given their global scale and reputation.

SulNOx is able to improve 70% of every barrel of oil and all internal combustion engines across diverse sectors with global applicability. Industries which benefit include fuel storage and distribution (petrol stations), transport (haulage, rail, buses/coaches, taxis etc.), marine, mining & construction and waste oil reclamation.

SulNOx is a UK Public Limited Company, formed in 2012, trading on the pan-European Apex segment of the AQSE (Aquis Stock Exchange) growth market with ticker SNOX.

For more information, please contact SulNOx through the website at https://sulnoxgroup.com or email info@sulnoxgroup.com.

Wednesday, & Thursday Present & Exhibit

ShareSoc is a not-for-profit membership organisation, created by investors for investors. Our aim is to help you become better investors in the stock market and ensure you are treated fairly. We do this by:
• Providing direct access to Directors of growth companies
• Enabling you to network with our community of like-minded people
• Providing education and information
• Lobbying for your shareholder rights with Government and Regulators
• Campaigning against companies that treat you badly
We already have thousands of members – so come and join us – its time you stopped missing out.

WEBSITE – https://www.sharesoc.org/
Twitter : @ShareSocUK
Facebook : @ShareSoc
Linkedin : ShareSoc

Exhibit & Present 

Eleco plc (AIM:ELCO)
Eleco plc is an AIM-listed, specialist international provider of software and related services to the built environment, with operations in the UK, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and the USA.
Eleco’s best-of-breed solutions are trusted by international customers and used throughout the building lifecycle from early planning and design stages to construction, interior fit out, asset management and facilities management.
The Group’s strategy is to build on its established and leading position in the built environment through a combination of organic and inorganic growth. Executing on the strategy involves meeting the increasing challenges of companies in the construction and built environment sectors who are moving towards digitalisation and more efficient and sustainable building methodologies. Eleco’s software is proving crucial in improving decision-making, driving productivity and better planning of resources. Operating in such an attractive market gives the Group an excellent opportunity to leverage its market position, strengthen its platform and drive organic growth.
Eleco’s vision is to create certainty for the built environment by being the trusted technology partner to all stakeholders, which is especially important in sustaining its growth ambitions in the current economic climate.

Wednesday, Exhibit only

GIBUS is the Italian brand protagonist of the high-end Outdoor Design sector for HO.RE.CA. and Residential, present in Italy and the main European countries with a network of +400 GIBUS Ateliers which is unique in the national and international competitive landscape. With headquarters in Saccolongo (PD), it designs 100% Made in Italy products and oversees the entire value chain. GIBUS has a consolidated market share in Italy and has strengthened its presence abroad, particularly in France and the DACH area. It constantly invests in R&D and, with over 50 patented technical solutions and 30 protected design models, has defined new quality standards in the sector: raising the technological content and product design is the key to compete in the high-end segment of the outdoor sector and to meet the needs of increasingly greater comfort in the use of outdoor spaces. The main product lines, Luxury High Tech (Bioclimatic Pergolas) and Sustainability (ZIP Screen), are characterized by their level of design and technology and represent the main growth driver of the Company. Historically the products make the combination of mechanical technology and textile processing know-how their strongpoint, and electronics have become increasingly important in recent years: today the company is able to offer fully automated solutions, capable of responding automatically to changes in weather conditions, and connected to web platforms for remote control.

Wednesday, Exhibit & Present

Velocity Composites plc is the leading supplier of advanced composite material kits to aerospace and other high-performance manufacturers. Velocity manufactures the kits for use in the production of carbon fibre composite parts for aerospace and other high-performance manufacturers, such as automotive OEMs, and pioneers of renewable energy applications.  The kits reduce costs and improve sustainability. This technology is in increasing demand as the aerospace manufacturing sector recovers from the pandemic.  Based in Burnley, Lancashire, Velocity Composites is a market- leading business, benefiting from the growing need to improve the sustainability of aviation. There has been a step-change in the use of carbon fibre in aircraft as manufacturers have to decrease aircraft weight and improve their efficiency to reduce emissions.

By using Velocity’s kits, produced using their proprietary technology, manufacturers can reduce waste and free up internal resources to focus on their core business. Velocity has a critical position in the aerospace supply chain, forming a bridge between major raw material manufacturers and blue-chip aerospace manufacturers, such as Boeing, Airbus and global partners such as GKN with whom it has long-standing relationships.  Velocity’s proven, innovative technology means reduced raw material waste, improved safety through better traceability and improved efficiency by digital management of the whole process.

Velocity has significant potential for expansion in the coming years, especially in the US, having recently opened a facility in Alabama. This follows the signing of a five-year Work Package Agreement with the Company’s US launch customer, a Tier 1 aerospace manufacturer.  The Contract is worth $20m per annum in revenue over at least the next five years starting from 1 January 2024, and represents Velocity’s first entry into the US, the largest aerospace manufacturing market in the world. The facility can be scaled to support multiple customers in the region. Velocity has live bids with large Tier 1 customers in both Europe and North America.  Velocity Composites has put into effect a clear strategy to capitalise on the significant growth in the use of composites within aerospace. Manufacturers need to outsource non-core processes and reduce costs to meet demand, and are now approaching Velocity for solutions, leading to a current qualified pipeline of opportunities of £200m ($250m) annually.

Wednesday, Present & Exhibit

Team Internet

Wednesday, Present & Exhibit 

Good Energy

Thursday, Present only

Zinc Media

Thursday, Exhibit & Present

Italian Wine Brands

Wednesday, Exhibit & Present 

European Green Transition

Wednesday, Present & Exhibit

u-abode

Wednesday & Thursday, Exhibit & Present

Itaconix

Wednesday, Present

Different Kind

Wednesday & Thursday, Exhibit & Present

Trident Royalties plc

Thursday, Present & Exhibit

Cobra Resources plc

Wednesday, Present only

Light Science Technologies

Wednesday, Exhibit & Present

SIGnet

Wednesday & Thursday, Exhibit only

Clipper Automative

Wednesday, Exhibit only

Phoenix Copper Limited

Thursday, Present only