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A perfect storm of start-ups looking for angel investment and a plethora of willing investors saw growth companies benefit handsomely in 2015

22 January 2016

Throughout last year we saw a significant increase in investment by private individuals in growth companies and we expect this trend to continue through 2016. There are a number of influences contributing to the continuing increase in activity in this sector of the market.

One of the key factors driving investment in growth companies has been the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) tax reliefs (income, capital and deferral). They offer a substantial tax benefit and risk mitigation to individuals investing in qualifying companies. We see this as continuing to be a key driver, notwithstanding proposed changes to the EIS and SEIS rules.

Something that would encourage an even greater level of investment of this kind would be a simplification of the EIS and SEIS rules. Unfortunately, these have become increasingly complicated to the point where ...

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