The rise of cash shells

Source of growth: There are 64 UK-listed cash shells holding £237.9 million

Source of growth: There are 64 UK-listed cash shells holding £237.9 million

New research from GrowthBusiness shows that the number of UK cash shells is climbing. We speak to new entrants to the market and those that have recently closed deals to find out what’s driving shells’ increasing popularity.

An AIM rising

M&A on Aim research 2012

M&A on Aim research 2012

New research from GrowthBusiness finds that domestic and foreign companies are continuing to use AIM to make acquisitions. We speak to businesses and advisors conducting deals to find out what is driving M&A activity on the junior market.

AIM pay resumes upward trend

AIM salaries resumes upward trend

AIM salaries resumes upward trend

Directors’ salaries on London’s junior market are at all-time highs, but almost half of CEOs did not get a pay rise last year.

The Top 50 Rising Stars of 2011

When times are tough, it only takes a few stars to remind everyone that success is achievable for all. We unveil our Top 50 Rising Stars of 2011: the annual list of the UK's most exciting fast-growth businesses.

Capturing value

Despite the recent climb in share prices, hundreds of companies on AIM are still valued at less than their annual turnover.

Bright Minds: The Power Top 50 2011

The UK's 50 most influential investors & serial entrepreneurs in 2011

The UK's 50 most influential investors & serial entrepreneurs in 2011

Business XL's ranking of the most influential investors and serial entrepreneurs in the UK. We've spoken to some of the best brains in business, the dynamic entrepreneurs and investors driving growth.

A spotlight on AIM

There remains an abundance of value on AIM, where valuations are still depressed despite the recent market rally.

Fast-growth UK companies in 2010

The UK's top 50 growth companies in 2010

The UK's top 50 growth companies in 2010

From pies to porcelain, from data centres to diagnostics, GrowthBusiness unveils its top 50 Rising Stars of 2010: the companies with the fastest-growing sales and profits in the UK.

The UK's top growth companies in 2009

The UK's top 50 growth companies in 2009

The UK's top 50 growth companies in 2009

With fast-growing turnover and profits, these 50 UK-based companies are doing more than their fair share to revive the nation's flagging economy. Here's the full list of this year's Business XL Rising Stars.

Takeover targets

With more than 70 per cent of AIM ventures valued at £20 million or less, dealmakers don’t have to look far to find value for money on the London Stock Exchange’s junior market.

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