Specialist in corporate and commercial law, Emma Ladd, senior associate at Gardner Leader solicitors, discusses why it's never too early to plan your exit strategy and steps to preparing your business for sale.
Analysis by Grant Thornton has found that the economic contribution of companies listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) directly contributed £14.7bn to the UK economy in 2013.
As SMEs seek funding for growth, a greater number of companies are turning to the public markets.
The value of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) increased by 23 per cent in the 12 months to April 2014.
The number of SMEs listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is set to double, according to the latest Close Brothers Business Barometer.