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Artemis UK Smaller Companies

Ranked 34 out of 55 in - UK Smaller Companies over 12 months
All calculations are in GBP

Managed by

Mark Niznik

Mark Niznik began his career in 1986 as a discretionary private client fund manager at Greig Middleton. After seven years in this role he moved on to Perpetual where he managed the Invesco Perpetual UK Smaller Companies Equity fund. In 2002 he transferred to Standard Life Investments where he adopted a stock picking approach to the UK Opportunities fund and also looked after an in house small cap pension fund. He moved to Artemis in October 2007, and now co manages the Artemis UK Smaller Companies fund with founder member John Dodd. Niznik counts scuba diving and motorcycling among his preferred pastimes.


The objective of the Fund is to achieve long-term capital growth. The emphasis of the Fund will be investment in smaller companies listed, quoted and/or traded in the UK and in smaller companies which are headquartered or have a significant part of their activities in the UK which are quoted on a regulated market outside the UK.


UK Smaller Companies over : 28/02/2014 - 28/02/2015

Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 01/01/2015 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2014 -4.8% 1.1% -1.1% -3.7% -1.1%
2013 30.3% 11.2% -2.4% 9.1% 10.1%
2012 21.6% 11.0% -2.3% 8.3% 3.7%
2011 1.0% 5.8% 4.4% -8.5% 0.0%
2010 24.3% 3.6% -1.2% 12.1% 8.4%
2009 42.7% -1.3% 15.3% 21.8% 2.9%
2008 -50.5% -5.8% 4.0% -28.2% -29.7%
2007 2.4% 8.3% 6.2% -5.2% -6.1%
2006 17.1% 14.1% -5.8% -1.3% 10.3%
2005 20.5% 7.8% -1.8% 12.8% 0.9%
2004 25.5% 8.1% 0.6% 5.0% 9.8%
2003 39.8% -6.9% 20.2% 14.7% 9.0%
2002 -10.6% 5.0% -5.3% -14.5% 5.0%
2001 -10.7% -5.7% 4.0% -24.0% 19.8%
2000 34.6% 34.2% -6.9% 12.4% -4.2%
1999 199.8% 18.6% 16.1% 11.6% 95.1%
1998 -16.4% 0.6%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Asset Allocation



Top 10 Holdings

Stock Size
CVS Group PLC ORD 3.03
Brooks Macdonald Group PLC ORD 2.89
Mears Group PLC ORD 2.74
Xchanging PLC ORD 2.47
Centaur Media PLC ORD 2.34
Victrex PLC ORD 2.34
GB Group PLC ORD 2.32
Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC ORD 2.28
Tarsus Group PLC ORD 2.23
Somero Enterprises Inc ORD 2.23

Registered For Sale In

  1. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date03/04/1998
  • Share Class size357Mn
  • Base currencyGBP
  • ISIN GB0002583598

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment1,000
  • Min. additional investment50


  • Annual management1.5%
  • Initial investment5

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Performance is for the period shown (month end to month end, bid/bid, gross income reinvested, calculated in GBP).