AJ Bell announces firms on the Aquis Stock Exchange are now on its platform

AJ Bell announced this morning it has added the Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) to its platform. The FTSE 250 investment platform firm said the decision would enable its customers to have a greater choice over their investment portfolios.


Daily Mail, 31.03.2021

Aquis has announced its first-ever profit as it battles the London Stock Exchange to become the home of high-growth companies.

Alasdair Haynes, founder and chief executive of the challenger exchange, said pulling in the £470,395 profit for 2020 was ‘like seeing your child going to university and getting a first-class degree’.

Aquis, which floated on the stock market itself in 2018, is aiming to build an operation which makes it easier for small growth companies to list while providing more transparency for investors.

Things are looking up for the City after Brexit and Spacs could prove a bright spot for the stock market, says Aquis exchange boss


Ever since the UK Government started its negotiations with the EU on financial services back in 2016, as chief executive of a pan-European exchange services group, I never felt entirely comfortable that our negotiators had the best interests of the City of London at heart. 

Largest retail platforms in talks to offer Aquis link

Exclusive: Trading in AQSE shares could soon feature on IG, AJ Bell and Hargreaves Lansdown platforms

  • Electronic links to Aquis Stock Exchange expected in coming months
  • Talks come amid rising retail investor appeals for access to growth companies

Retail investor platform giants Hargreaves Lansdown, AJ Bell and IG Group are in talks to establish live electronic trading in a second UK-based stock market, in a major potential coup for Aim-listed Aquis Exchange (AQX).


Shares to float on new stock exchange targeting growth companies seeking retail investors.

By Jim Armitage, The Evening Standard

8th February 2021

A UK tech company dubbed the "mini Hut Group", which develops e-commerce platforms for western brands trying to break into China, is floating shares in London valuing it at around £50 million.

Samarkand is listing on Aquis, a new stock exchange aimed at rivalling the London Stock Exchange's junior Aim market.

Exchange boss says UK’s Swiss trading nod is a ‘free kick’ in a losing game

By William Canny

The resumption of Swiss stocks trading in London is a small win for the City, but in the absence of a Brexit deal for financial services "its a free kick getting Switzerland back, its not an equalizer", says Alasdair Haynes, CEO of the Aquis exchange.

Haynes says the UK government's snub of the financial services industry in its Brexit deal was an "own goal".

UK exchange Aquis woos brokers in bid to revive trading

Aquis Exchange is aiming to kickstart the market for smaller companies in London by handing stakes in the specialist trading venue to the brokers that use it most.

The plan is designed to reboot the AQSE market aimed at companies wanting to go public but which are too small for a listing on the far bigger and higher-profile Aim market.

Aquis Stock Exchange to reward market makers with equity in scheme to narrow spreads

From January, market makers for the large-cap segment of the Aquis Stock Exchange growth market can earn stakes in the market operator for offering tighter spreads.

By Annabel Smith

Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) has launched an incentive scheme to award top performing market makers with equity in a bid to narrow spreads and boost liquidity on its market growth stocks.

Amazon pilot lifts stock exchanges into the cloud

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