More than 700 readers back our campaign to ensure retail investors are not discriminated against when companies float on Stock Exchange
More than 700 readers have backed The Mail on Sunday’s campaign to ensure retail investors are not discriminated against when successful companies float on the London Stock Exchange.
The objective of our Fair Play For Small Investors campaign is to persuade all companies that list their shares in the UK through an Initial Public Offering to offer them to both retail and institutional investors.
Currently, most exclude retail investors, meaning small investors cannot buy shares until after the company has gone public. Readers believe it is time for the playing field to be levelled up.
Levelling up: The objective of our campaign is to persuade all companies that list their shares through an IPO to offer them to both retail and institutional investors
‘Putting private investors on an equal footing with institutions is long overdue,’ said one. Another said: ‘An initial public offering should be just that – open to the public.’
On Friday, Mike Coombes of PrimaryBid – a company that is gently persuading businesses going public to embrace retail investors – told The Mail on Sunday: ‘With their money and their voice, individual investors are clamouring for a level playing field. IPO doesn’t stand for ‘Important People Only’.
‘Forward-thinking companies know the importance of beginning public life on fair terms, benefitting from the widest possible shareholder support.’
- If you would like to back The Mail on Sunday’s Fair Play For Small Investors Campaign, register your support at: publicinclusion.co.uk.