Technology is the most dynamic and fast changing sector on the LSE. As a leading communications adviser to quoted technology businesses, Alma has, over the last few weeks, conducted a series of interviews to gauge sentiment and identify trends, perceived threats and opportunities within the UK technology landscape.
The interviews focussed on small to medium sized businesses, looking to assess where investor appetite is strongest and from where future success stories are likely to come. The hope is that, in time, one of these will become the next ARM Holdings PLC (“ARM”).
Using their strong contacts in the sector, Alma advisers interviewed 24 key participants made up predominantly of sell side analysts with some input from institutional investors and the media.
The interviews were conducted in November, mainly face to face with a few by telephone and email. The responses included in this report are edited to emphasise the key points. To avoid accusations of bias, all UK quoted company names have been removed. However it is worth mentioning that Blue Prism (not an Alma client) was quoted by a number of respondents as the stand out tech IPO of 2016 .
The seven questions were designed to give a view on the developments in 2016 and opportunities in the year ahead for the sector. As technology has increasingly become a key component of all sectors of the stockmarket and the global economy, wider political issues impact heavily, as is to be expected. However, there are also a number of perceived sector specific risks identified in this report.