Aura Financial

Aura Financial is a specialist financial communications and investor relations consultancy providing advice on Transactions, Sustainability, Issues Management and Continuing Obligations.

Clare Williams Associates

Clare Williams Associates (CWA) is an independent financial services support company specialising in investor relations and investor communication.

Crossfire

Crossfire is a London-based multi-channel film & content production partner for agencies and brands such as Bayer, Channel 4, De Beers, Heathrow Express, IHG, International Alert, Jaguar Land Rover, Kärcher and Samsung.

Mediasterling

www.mediasterling.com

Kepler Cheuvreux

Kepler Cheuvreux is a leading independent European financial services company specialised in advisory services and intermediation. The company has four business lines: Equities, Debt & Credit, Investment Solutions, and Corporate Finance. Headquartered in Paris, the group has a staff of around 500. This multi-local company is also present in Amsterdam, Boston, Frankfurt, Geneva, London, Madrid, Milan, New York, San Francisco, Stockholm, Vienna, and Zurich.

WorkCast Corporation

The WorkCast Corporation is Europe's largest provider of cloud-based webinar, webcasting and virtual event solutions serving over 150 Global Organisations including the IR Society and IR magazine. WorkCast's Award Winning Webcasting Platform, WebCast Manager, is used for many enterprise-wide applications such as Investor and Stakeholder Relations, Lead Generation, Employee Communications, Training & Product Launches and User Conferences.

D.F. King

With 74 years' experience in securing shareholder support, D.F. King is a global leader in proxy solicitation, M&A and corporate governance advisory.

Q4 Inc.

Q4 Inc. is the fastest growing cloud-based capital market solutions provider to the IR industry. Public companies the world over leverage Q4’s IR website, webcasting, investor targeting and shareholder ID solutions to power award-winning IR programs, understand complex markets and better connect with investors.

Taurus London

http://www.tauruslondon.com/

Exane BNP Paribas

www.exanebnpparibas.com

EQS Group

EQS Group is a leading international provider of digital investor relations solutions. Founded in 2000, EQS Group’s solutions and services today enable over 2,300 listed companies worldwide to fulfil complex domestic and international corporate information requirements securely, timely, and efficiently. Clients in Europe include FTSE100, FTSE All-Share, AIM, NEX issuers and investment trusts as well as 50% of the Euro Stoxx 50 companies. EQS is a single source provider of digital IR solutions including: IR & corporate websites, apps, online annual reports and audio and video webcasts. As an FCA-approved Primary Information Provider, EQS also disseminates regulatory announcements and financial news globally as well as providing a secure online solution for the management of insider lists. EQS Group employs over 320 digital corporate communications and investor relations specialists at offices in 13 offices worldwide.

Langsford Corporate Design

www.langsford.co.uk

Jones and Palmer

Public companies have an obligation to communicate with a range of stakeholders (mainly shareholders) to demonstrate that they are well managed and generating value. We work with the management, marketing staff and PR agencies to collate, structure, brand and deliver those messages...

BNY Mellon

BNY Mellon acts as depositary for more than 2,700 American and global depositary receipt programs, acting in partnership with leading companies from 68 countries. BNY Mellon is committed to helping securities issuers access the world's rapidly evolving financial markets and delivers a comprehensive suite of depositary receipt services. Learn more at www.bnymellon.com/dr

Instinctif Partners

www.instinctif.com

EMR

EMR is a leading international recruitment specialist with a dedicated Investor Relations and Communications Division.

Makinson Cowell

www.makinson-cowell.com

Addison Group

We are a leading London-based communication consultancy and creative agency. We exist to help our broad client base create compelling, effective communication that builds the value of its reputation.

Luminous

Luminous is a creative communications agency specialising in strategic storytelling and brand building in the corporate world. Our expertise lies in creating distinctive communications that connect meaningfully with key influencers so they understand where both the value and the future lie.

Investor Perceptions

Investor Perceptions is a fresh, high quality and lower cost solution to your investor perception study and feedback requirements. We will deliver the independent insight you need and value, but in a more cost effective way and at the same time help you fulfill your obligations under the Combined Code...

Zebra Corporate Communications

Zebra Corporate Communications is a global brand leading the field in digital reporting. Founded 16 years ago, Zebra has stayed true to its initial philosophy of building trust with stakeholders through highly effective and engaging communications.

Valor IR Consulting

Valor Investor Relations Consulting has one primary purpose - to improve and enhance the dialogue between corporate clients and their institutional investors. The One-on-One meeting is the single best opportunity for companies to develop strong, resilient relationships with their shareholders and with the right preparation and attention to detail, the expectations of both parties can be met. Valor IR Consulting offers personal coaching for front-line executives, adaptations of written materials and advice on crisis response.

Barclays

Investment Banking at Barclays provides comprehensive financial advisory, capital raising, financing and risk management services to corporations, governments and financial institutions worldwide.

Investor Insight

Investor Insight is the UK’s leading share register boutique. Our aim is simply to deliver the most accurate and bespoke shareholder analysis services available, identifying all institutional and retail global shareholders as well as uncovering all nominee accounts, regardless of geographical location. Our methodology it is both a time consuming and highly involved process where nothing can compensate for experience. We do not provide generic reports. Everything we do is specifically tailored to our clients' individual needs.

Deutsche Bank

Depositary receipts are a means for non-US companies to raise their profile with foreign investors, make their shares more easily available to them and raise new capital outside the domestic market, especially in the United States. Deutsche Bank's Depositary Receipt business is dedicated to providing excellent service for companies with American or Global Depositary Receipt programmes.

Taylor Rafferty

Taylor Rafferty is the world's leading cross border investor relations firm. For over 35 years, we have helped our clients achieve their capital markets goals. Our success is built on delivering Best Practice full service IR support, with unique capabilities directly qualifying new investors and growing US and international ownership in our clients' shares.

Heartwood Partners

Heartwood Partners is a specialist investor relations advisory firm that helps listed and pre-IPO companies to improve their communication with investors. We work with clients to build a stable, well-informed shareholder base and to increase the number of investors who understand the investment proposition. Formed by ex-fund managers Simon Young (BlackRock) and Alex Schlich (Sanlam Four), we have a deep understanding of capital markets. We use this knowledge to help clients explain their investment case to a wide range of investors in a clear and consistent manner, across all formats, and with maximum effectiveness.

Fidelio Partners – Executive Search & Advisory

Fidelio Partners provides international executive search. Our unique capital markets and Investor Relations perspective enables us to attract senior talent which gives our clients clear advantage in the competition for capital.

Black Sun

Black Sun is an international corporate communications consultancy. In an interconnected world, we believe that better communications help build better businesses. By creating more effective communications we build greater engagement with stakeholders and deepen their understanding of your business. The result is greater trust and confidence with your investors, greater advocacy and loyalty from your employees, and more goodwill from the communities in which you operate. We achieve this through a unique blend of best practice strategic advice, compelling creative, enriching content and multi-channel delivery through the diverse communications channels available including Annual and Sustainability Reports, presentations, corporate websites, social media and employee communications.

ELITE Connect

ELITE Connect is the digital platform from London Stock Exchange Group that brings together listed companies, institutional investors and intermediaries to enable easier interactions and discover new global business opportunities. Our international network is a unique information and services hub to facilitate connections, manage relationships and schedule events in the most efficient way by connecting investors, listed companies and intermediaries through a sophisticated and user friendly platform, organizing digital meetings with a dedicated agenda tool, hosting digital meetings, webcasts, events and conferences, and managing events and roadshows digitally. We are focused on providing an innovative and tailor-made service, in line with the rapidly changing landscape in technology and regulation.

ProxyCensus Ltd

www.proxycensus.com

Broadridge

www.broadridge.com

Investis

Investis is a digital communications company. We bring our unique blend of expertise, technology, and service to more than 2,000 clients worldwide, supporting them from strategy through to full execution. With the myInvestis digital suite at the core, we combine the crafting and publishing of content with deep audience insight to drive effective engagement with the investor community, customers and employees. By tying creative excellence with powerful technology, we develop innovative solutions that influence perception and enhance the brand and reputation of our clients. Investis is headquartered in London and has offices across Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.

ingage

ingage is a new company, created by senior investment professionals to develop an intuitive, efficient and low cost way of bringing investors face to face with senior management at listed companies. Using their years of experience across the industry, the ingage team has developed a state of the art platform for arranging corporate access, which fully complies with FCA regulations regarding the use of client commissions.

Sampson May

www.sampsonmay.com

FourthQuarter

We are FourthQuarter, a name we chose because we understand the opportunities and pressures on listed companies to communicate. Not only at your year-end. Not only about your financial performance. In today’s environment, you need to consistently address the diverse expectations of multiple stakeholders. We support PLCs of all sizes and sectors with the planning and creation of impactful websites, investor presentations, sustainability reports, interim statements and annual reports. We define, design and refresh their brands too. There are four parts to our service – insight, creativity, experience and delivery. Four quarters we’re 100% trusted to provide.

Brighter*IR

Brighter*IR provides publicly-quoted companies with the very best digital investor relations and corporate communications tools and services. Our proprietary SaaS technology platform has been designed with your requirements firmly in mind, allowing us to deliver best-of-breed market data feeds, tools and widgets quickly and efficiently. Our IR tools are feature rich, served over HTTPS and coded to the highest standards. We also offer corporate website design, development hosting and support using popular Open Source technologies.

Broome Yasar Partnership

Broome Yasar Partnership is the leading global executive recruitment consultancy dedicated to Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, Public Relations and Marketing Communications. Our dedicated Partners have extensive experience of both investor relations and executive recruitment and have been involved in helping to place more than 300 senior investor relations professionals globally.

Equiniti

www.equiniti.com

RLM Finsbury

www.finsbury.com

Lyonsbennett

Lyonsbennett is the south coast’s leading corporate communications agency. Our personal service ensures our key people are involved throughout, consistently delivering enviable creative that communicates our clients’ messages, cost effectively and in an environment where service is key. We listen and benchmark to understand our clients’ audiences and messages, to achieve engaging and effective communications. Against the ever-changing best practice and legislative landscape, we deliver creative that balances compliance with communication. Our transparent pricing ensures clients pay third-party fees at cost without mark-up. By charging a fixed price including unlimited proofs, our clients receive a final invoice that matches expectations.

Rivel Research Group

With more than 25 years in the business, conducting over 150 perception studies per year, and working with companies on 6 continents, Rivel is the largest global perception study provider. Rivel studies offer actionable insight that a company needs to keep pace with today’s fluid environment for investor communications, such as identifying key opportunities, uncovering potential vulnerabilities (and possible triggers for activists) and helping ensure that its investment appeals are better appreciated among its core constituency.

Liberum

Liberum is a pan-European investment bank founded in 2007 and owned by its 168 staff. We believed then, as we do now, that doing the right thing by clients all the time is the right way to do business. We place a high value on taking action, being responsible and accountable, and always challenging ourselves to become better. In seven years we have become one of the most respected independent investment banks in the UK.

Issuer Direct

Issuer Direct is an industry-leading communications and compliance company focusing on the needs of corporate issuers. Issuer Direct's principal platform, Platform id., empowers users by thoughtfully integrating the most relevant tools, technologies and services, thus eliminating the complexity associated with producing and distributing financial and business communications.

VMA Executive

VMA Executive is part of VMA Group, a global provider of corporate and marketing communications recruitment and training services, at all levels.

Taylor Bennett

www.taylorbennett.com

EmCo

EmCo is a Moscow-based consultancy specialising in financial communications and investor relations. We have a qualified team with comprehensive industry expertise in various sectors. We have extensive experience in delivering a full range of investor relations services, which aim to help our clients towards building and maintaining relationships with the investment community, identifying and targeting potential investors, and generating increased investor interest.

RD:IR

RD:IR is a London-based consultancy offering a wide range of IR related analysis, research & consultancy services to UK and international public companies and their advisors...

Financial Times

Reach and engage the Financial Times audience of financially-aware decision-makers and affluent shareholders from across the world.

Lansons Communications

www.lansons.com

Design Portfolio

Design Portfolio is the complete corporate communications partner, specialising in corporate reporting, digital communications and investor collateral. Our unique blend of considered creativity and expert consultancy is delivered by dedicated teams through our network of offices.

Emperor

Emperor is a UK Top 10 corporate and brand communications agency with offices in London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bicester and Dubai. Over the past 20 years, we have designed and delivered annual reports, corporate websites, presentations and investor day communications for UK and international companies from pre-IPO through to FTSE 100.

Capita Asset Services

Our consultants partner with you to achieve the best and most efficient Investor Relations programme for your business. Your dedicated consultant will: answer any questions you have and will consult with you on all IR activity, provide you with bespoke competitor and sector analysis, as well as a suite of monthly shareholder analysis reports, as well as frequently monitor trading movements and alert you on increased trading activity. They will also provide you with referrals to Capita Asset Services wider related service offering when required, including company secretarial, share registration, corporate dealing and finance and accounting support.

Meetyl Europe

Meetyl is changing the way institutional investors and companies engage with each other to schedule everything from individual meetings to non-deal road shows. The Meetyl interchange – a global, web-based platform that is private and secure – helps users drive maximum returns from their corporate access programs.

MerchantCantos

www.merchantcantos.com

Friend Studio

www.friendstudio.com

Citigate Dewe Rogerson

Citigate Dewe Rogerson is one of the most recognised and well-respected names in corporate and financial public relations consultancy. We offer a full range of communications services to companies, both domestically and internationally, from offices in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Bowen Craggs

Delivering a world-class investor relations service online must start with the question: “What do analysts, institutional investors and individual shareholders want?" Bowen Craggs has discovered the answers through a programme of desk research, investment community interviews and surveys of more 300,000 visitors to many of the world's largest companies’ websites.

Panmure Gordon

As a corporate and institutional stockbroker and investment bank with deep knowledge of the London markets, we offer our clients a tailored, integrated service that is relationship led and outcomes driven.

EM

www.em-comms.com

Orient Capital

Orient Capital is a global leader in share ownership analysis, equity market intelligence, proxy solicitation, investor communication and shareholder management technology for listed companies.

Georgeson

www.georgeson.com/uk

MHP

MHP is an award winning, new agency – we’ve gone straight into the top 10 across a range of disciplines (including financial PR and digital and social media). We are the combination of three leading agencies, Mandate, Hogarth and Penrose and have 160 staff and four offices worldwide. We cover 15 sector specialisms and five PR disciplines (financial PR, brand PR, corporate reputation, CSR and public affairs) and can therefore build an integrated team that is second to none.

Maitland

www.maitland.co.uk

QuantiFire

QuantiFire has pioneered a highly successful form of perception research, which builds on qualitative commentary by also producing sentiment ‘as data’. The solution is light-touch for investors and provides IRO’s with a low-cost, ongoing reporting service.

Latchmoor Search

Latchmoor Search specialises in Executive Search for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. We pride ourselves on delivering effective Search through our responsive and innovative approach. With decades of dedicated expertise, we have built a strong network and understand how to successfully identify the right IR talent.

CKD

At CKD we specialise in building our clients’ corporate reputation through the media of brand management, digital communications and corporate reporting.

Fairvue Partners Ltd

Fairvue Partners is a debt and equity investor relations advisory firm, offering services to corporate issuers across the globe. We offer tailored solutions derived from rigorous capital market research to help issuers execute their Investor Relations programmes.

World Television

World Television is an international leader in webcasting, video production and on-line video communications. From offices in London, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt and Madrid they have been supporting the communications strategies of international organisations for 25 years. At World Television they produce creative content and corporate video solutions to engage, inform and motivate their clients’ audiences with the way that they communicate their key messages. World Television works with some of the biggest and smallest companies in the FTSE, as well as international brands and other organisations, helping them to achieve their respective communication goals and connect them directly to their relevant audiences. The majority of their work is within the IR sector but they also specialise in internal communications, CSR, the corporate space and work directly with marketing departments.

BRR Media

BRR Media is a specialist digital media company producing and delivering live streamed and on demand online events. We partner with companies from concept to delivery and provide analytics to measure impact. Our productions include video interviews, results or capital markets day presentations with synchronised slides, and creative corporate videos.

MSLGROUP

We’re a communications agency with digital, insight and creativity at its heart. We help organisations to build and maintain their reputations and relationships. We bring corporate strategies, brands and visions to life across every corporate channel and audience. Our skills range from reputation management and content marketing to annual reports, web development and user experience, crisis management and sustainability communications.

Nasdaq Corporate Solutions

Nasdaq Corporate Solutions, a business of Nasdaq, Inc., provides an integrated suite of market intelligence, communications, workflow and collaboration solutions for corporate executives and boards to nearly 18,000 corporate clients. Nasdaq Corporate Solutions helps IR professionals maximize the effectiveness and value of their IR programs through the premium content and functionality of Nasdaq IR Insight with the dynamic and rich data visualization-enabled dashboards of Nasdaq IR Analytics™ and the expert insights and stock surveillance data generated by a global team of Advisory Services analysts.

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