The Financial Conduct Authority, the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK, is exploring the effectiveness of the UK’s primary equity markets in supporting the growth of science and technology companies. They would like your views on the effectiveness of the primary equity market and the challenges faced by early-stage science and technology companies.

On pages 25 – 29 of their discussion paper – Review of the Effectiveness of Primary Markets: The UK Primary Markets Landscape – they look at the current landscape for science and technology companies and how they can support them to grow. They would particularly like views on whether there are any enhancements to the regulatory framework governing primary capital markets that would allow companies to raise finance more effectively, or would make it easier for investors to commit funding where appropriate.

Whilst the consultation is formally closed, they would be pleased to receive any comments over the next few weeks. Responses can be emailed to: dp17-02@fca.org.uk

Find out more about the FCA here: https://www.fca.org.uk/