QCA Conference 2012 - Engineering Growth For Small & Mid-Cap Companies

The Quoted Companies Alliance (QCA) is a nonprofit trade organization that works for small and mid-cap quoted companies in the UK and Europe to promote and maintain vibrant, healthy and liquid capital markets.

As part of their 20th anniversary program, QCA are holding a one day conference focused on 'Engineering Growth for Small and Mid-Cap Companies' - emphasising the important role that small and mid-cap quoted companies play in creating growth and employment. Bringing together the sector, we want to highlight how our sector can help drive UK economic recovery and influence key policymakers to take action to fuel growth.

The day will be packed full of sessions that highlight the key issues quoted companies face in the current market and opportunities for growth - with policymakers, regulators, market players and investors speaking and leading the discussion.

Join them to network with your peers, share experiences and debate and learn about key issues affecting quoted companies' growth.

Who should attend?

  • Quoted company directors, NEDs, company secretaries
  • Advisory firms to the small and mid-cap quoted company sector
  • Investors in small and mid-cap quoted companies


  • David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
  • Kay Swinburne MEP, Conservative MEP for Wales in Europe
  • Nadhim Zahawi MP, Conservative MP for Stratford on Avon
  • Andy Brough, Fund Manager at Schroder Investment Management
  • Andrew Buchanan, Fund Manager at Octopus Investments
  • Stephen Haddrill, Chief Executive of the Financial Reporting Council
  • Patricia McConnell, International Accounting Standards Board
  • Judith MacKenzie, Fund Manager at Downing LLP
  • Julian Palfreyman, Chief Executive Officer at Winterflood Securities
  • Tracey Pierce, London Stock Exchange

More speakers are to be confirmed and will be announced shortly.



Keynote speech - David Gauke MP

Powering the engines for growth panel debate - focusing on equity finance and its role in providing growth opportunities for small and mid-cap quoted companies.

Just a lot of numbers and words? The role of reporting in helping companies grow (followed by a panel debate) - focusing on what aspects make a useful set of report and accounts, key upcoming reporting changes, and what analysts and investors are looking for in reports.

The corporate governance balancing act: shareholder engagement in the current environment  - a panel debate focusing on the current state of governance and how to encourage better engagement between small and mid-cap companies and their investors.


The Fund Manager Debate: Incentivising investment in small and mid cap companies - leading investors in small and mid-cap quoted companies debate how to channel investment into the sector and what is catching their attention at the moment.

Mind the gap: who will fill the space left by the banks? - a panel debate focusing on financing options for small and mid-cap companies and whether there is a need for alternative forms of finance.

Closing speech - Kay Swinburne MEP


Followed by a drinks reception

* Please note this schedule is subject to change

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Event details

The Grange Hotel St Paul's
10 Godliman Street

27 June 2012
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (GMT)

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