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An Aquis Stock Exchange (AQSE) quotation helps companies access new sources of capital to achieve their growth ambitions. Providing a clear, independent valuation and visible share price facilitates and encourages liquidity whilst our low free float requirement enables management to retain control.

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  • Chapel Down Group PLC

    Chapel Down Group is England’s leading winemaker and one of the UK’s most exciting drinks companies.  Chapel Down produces a world-class range of sparkling and still wines, together with the award-winning range of Curious beers and cider.  Chapel Down sparkling wines are created using the Traditional Method, the same as Champagne, from fruit sourced from the South-East of England.

  • National Milk Records PLC

    National Milk Records PLC is part of the integrated UK dairy supply chain which guarantees milk quality and supply. In simple terms we receive a sample of milk from every dairy farm every day and we also test half of the individual dairy cows in the country every month. Along with the hard-working dairy cow, we work 24 hours a day for 365 days a year.

  • Sativa Group PLC

    Sativa Group PLC is the UK’s leading quoted CBD Wellness and medicinal cannabis group with five operating subsidiaries. Goodbody Botanicals provides CBD products online and to retail markets. Goodbody Wellness is a high-street retail brand with dedicated CBD Wellness stores. Tessellate Collective is a direct-selling network marketing platform servicing consumers at home. Phytovista laboratories provide independent testing of CBD products. Sativa Grow holds a Controlled Drug licence and cultivates cannabis plants to fulfil its partnership agreement with King's College London to research the impact of cannabinoids on inflammation and respiratory conditions.

  • Shepherd Neame

    Shepherd Neame is Britain’s Oldest Brewer, based in Kent since 1698.  It is a family business with strong family involvement and a balance of Neame family members and non-family members on the Board of Directors.  The Company brews widely acclaimed premium ales including ‘Spitfire’, ‘Whitstable Bay Pale Ale’ and ‘Bishops Finger’, as well as internationally renowned lagers such as ‘Samuel Adams Boston Lager’ from its brewery in Faversham.  These beers are sold through various channels across the South East of England and nationally, and have a growing presence in international markets.

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Chapel Down Group PLC


Establishing a good wine business is cash-degenerative over a number of years whilst the vines grow and bottles are stored before sale. From starting the business to seeing any return on your investment can also take years. The establishment cost is initially high, and if you are growing fast you need access to further cash as the business grows. To do that credibly, you also need to demonstrate good financial disciplines. NEX Exchange forces you to ensure that you get those disciplines ingrained in your company for your investors. It is low-cost and has been a good exchange for us – it’s enabled us to grow. At some stage investors want to sell, and NEX Exchange gives them the opportunity to do that. The levels of trade in our stock that go through are about the same as the average AIM company. So we have decent levels of liquidity.

Frazer Thompson, Chief Executive Officer

Chapel Down Group PLC

National Milk Records PLC


Originally NMR was part of the Milk Marketing Board (MMB) but following deregulation we have had a Plc status. The original shareholders were farmers who supplied MMB but now over 60 per cent of NMR shares are held by non-farmer investors. NMR needs a relatively low cost but efficient market. The demands for food security increase each year which means NMR is developing new testing protocols and innovative services for dairy farmers and we need the access to new capital that NEX Exchange can provide.

Andy Warne, Managing Director

National Milk Records plc

Sativa Group PLC

Shepherd Neame


Joining NEX Exchange gives stakeholders a market on which their shares can be traded more easily. It also provides advantages such as relief from inheritance tax by virtue of being quoted on a regulated exchange.

Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive Officer

Shepherd Neame