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JP Jenkins, the UK’s oldest trading platform for private companies, has launched a new online trading platform called JPJ Direct.

The launch is intended to create an ecosystem for a secondary market, giving greater visibility and liquidity to unquoted private companies and encouraging wider share ownership through two different routes to market.

Coinciding with the platform’s 30th anniversary, the newly launched online trading platform offers private companies a direct shareholder investment facility allowing for fast, efficient online trading without requiring a broker or intermediary, making it simpler than ever to buy and sell private company shares.

JPJ Direct will now be available alongside the company’s existing traditional investment facility which, to date, has offered a significant number of unquoted companies such as Weetabix, Arsenal FC, Adnams Brewery and National Car Parks, a mechanism for shareholders and prospective investors to trade shares on a matched bargain basis, via their respective brokers.

What can JP Jenkins offer investors?

JP Jenkins offers an array of benefits and liquidity solutions for investors, shareholders and companies. It can provide a facility for both shareholders and employees of unquoted companies to buy/sell shares, raise their capital markets profile, and reduce the cost and burden of AIM/LSE quotations. The company also offers cross border listings for foreign companies seeking access to the London market. The platform allows a market for shares to develop and companies to reach new investors helping to drive growth.

“The private market has returned impressive results over the last decade however, with limited secondary markets there is a scarcity of venues through which private investors can source and assess interesting investment opportunities,” said Veronika Oswald, Director with JP Jenkins. “Furthermore, whilst there are a variety of ways to invest in late stage and scale up private companies, there are very few ways to exit and few options available to companies which offer a de-risked proposition where investors have peace of mind with liquidity options.”

A marketplace that benefits all stakeholders

The new share dealing platform is designed to provide a flexible and cost-effective way to address these issues and allows investors to be matched with various investment opportunities.

“Through JPJ Direct and JPJ Traditional we have created a marketplace which benefits all stakeholders, offering simple navigation, matched trading and quick settlement, all of which promote and help drive future growth,” explained Malcolm Burne, Director with the firm. “Now as we enter our fourth decade, we look forward to not only continuing to help and support companies to grow but also, to change the way people invest in private companies.”

J P Jenkins currently provides the following services:

  • An exit for shareholders.
  • A share trading facility in companies that have de-listed from LSE, AIM, AQSE Exchange Growth Market or companies that have raised finance via crowdfunding, angels and EIS schemes.
  • A market-driven share price for liquidity, probate valuation and diversification of portfolios via an easy process.
  • Communication of news to shareholders and the wider investment community

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Please note this article does not constitute investment advice. Investors are encouraged to do their own research beforehand or consult a professional advisor.

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse

Stuart Fieldhouse has spent 25 years in journalism and marketing, including as a wealth management editor for the Financial Times group, covering capital markets and international private banking, and as an investment banking correspondent for Euromoney in Hong Kong. He was the founder editor of The Hedge Fund Journal.

Stuart has worked at CMC Markets, supporting the re-launch of its global financial spread betting and CFD trading platforms. He is also the author of two books on trading, published by Financial Times Pearson. Based in The Armchair Trader’s London office, Stuart continues to advise fund managers, private banks, family offices and other financial institutions.

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