Obtaining a stock exchange listing (IPO) is an important step in the development of a business. Being listed has a number of advantages. It provides a broader access to equity funding and it allows your shares to be used as acquisition currency and to incentivise employees.
But a decision to go public requires careful consideration. Once listed, it may be difficult to reverse the process. Obvious advantages apart, you should therefore take into account what it will mean to continue life as a listed company and whether now is the right moment to start this new life.