London’s Junior Market Grows For First Time Since 2007

Accountancy group UHY Hacker Young said 20 companies floated on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in the three months to Sept. 30, while 16 delisted. This was the first time more had joined than left since the third quarter of 2007. “More companies are again looking at an AIM initial public offering as an opportunity for growth,” said Laurence Sacker, Partner at UHY Hacker Young. AIM’s attractiveness to UK retail investors has been boosted by the government’s decision earlier this year to allow AIM stocks to be included in individual savings accounts (ISAs) – popular tax-free products – for the first time. The research showed 56 companies joined AIM in the 12 months to the end of September, raising a total of 881 million pounds ($1.42 billion) – up 70 percent on the previous 12 months. The overall value of companies listed on the AIM market was 67.7 billion pounds as of August, according to data from the LSE, down from a peak of 97.6 billion pounds in 2007. Stronger equity markets have helped revive new listings in Europe after years of subdued activity due to the financial crisis, with London one of the busiest destinations. Separate data from Ernst & Young over the weekend showed that, when the LSE’s main market is also included, more than 3 billion pounds has been raised from London listings so far this year, double the amount raised in the whole of 2012. Sacker said next year also looked busy for AIM, but the market is still a way off returning to previous levels – in the 12 months to Sept. 30 2007, 8.8 billion pounds was raised by AIM IPOs. “The deal pipeline is looking healthy. 2014 could turn out to be a real bounce-back year for AIM, although getting back to the level of new listings we saw during the boom years remains a pretty remote prospect,” he said.

NFL to play 3 games in London

Markets closed NFL to play 3 games in London NFL to play 3 games in London next year, hosted by Jaguars, Falcons, Raiders Associated Press 4 hours ago View Photo NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, and New England Patriots football team owner Robert Kraft talk as they arrive for the NFL fall meeting in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL will play three regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders. The league announced Tuesday at its fall meetings that it was expanding its international series. It will be the most games the league has played abroad in one year. This season, Minnesota beat Pittsburgh 34-27 in September, and Jacksonville will host San Francisco on Oct. 27 as part of it a four-year commitment to move a home game to Wembley. Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is compiled next year. “Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” said Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has championed overseas games for years and someday believes the NFL will have a franchise based in London. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans.

London will be home to Jaguars, Raiders, Falcons games in 2014

(USA Today Sports Images) The NFL’s presence in London continues to grow. To the point where you have to wonder when a full-time franchise exists there. After single-game experiments overseas for several seasons and a two-game slate this year, one of which already has been played, the NFL has announced today at the Fall Meeting that there will be three regular-season games in the United Kingdom in 2o14. Surrendering single games to call Wembley Stadium their home for a week will be the Jacksonville Jaguars , Oakland Raiders and Atlanta Falcons . It is not yet known who their opponents will be. [Watch: Can the NFL work in London? ] Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press release. Both of this years games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game. TV ratings, the league touts, have skyrocketed in the UK since 2006 with Sunday viewership of NFL games nearly doubling and the Super Bowl audience up by 75 percent. The league also boasts of having “developed new and stronger business partnerships” overseas.