Ascential presses ahead with £800m float despite rough market

AscentialAscential, the exhibitions and business information company formerly known as Top Right Group, will test investors’ appetites for new shares by seeking a valuation of at least £800m when it makes its stock market debut next month.

The company, which is owned by the private equity firm Apax Partners and the publisher of the Guardian, confirmed its intention to float despite growing fears over global equity markets.

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