Thousands of UK start-ups engage with our competitions every year and a select few are chosen for life changing investment. They receive the kudos of winning a huge competition, publicity and support to accelerate and grow their business.
Investors can participate in a highly tax efficient Fund and access a ‘mini-portfolio’ of expertly chosen early stage business each with an innovative service or product. The model is designed to ‘stack the odds’ of seed investing.
A media partner commits to coverage to promote our business competitions and follow the progress of the winning businesses. They get to be heard as the strongest media voice supporting UK entrepreneurs with real tangible funding help.
Established businesses partner with us to gain cut through in the frenzy of brands trying to talk to UK start-ups. Partnership opportunities vary from direct referral schemes to stimulate your new business pipeline through to sponsorship of our competitions.
Successive governments, both Tory and Labour, have recognised start-ups and scale-ups are becoming more of the driving force of innovation and with it our UK economic growth. Therefore the Enterprise Investment Scheme was launched in 1994, and progressively strengthened before being followed by the even more generous Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme in 2012. The Treasury and HMRC has consistently found that the tax reliefs they make available to investors are important ways of encouraging investment in high growth businesses and generate jobs and tax receipts far beyond the reliefs given.
Unfortunately these schemes and the reliefs are not widely or well understood. We have been fortunate to make good use of EIS & SEIS and have made good returns. We get a kick out of backing businesses that now collectively employ hundreds of people. So we are more than happy to support the EIS Association. We also contribute to ECF.Buzz, the sequel to Rob Murray Brown’s well-read Fantasy Equity Crowdfunding blog. We are supporters of Equity Crowdfunding in principle. However, like Rob, we would like to see more transparency, objectivity, independent data and oversight for potential and existing investors.
We are always pleased to talk to investors, advisers and entrepreneurs about either scheme – regardless whether you are interested in our Fund or competition series. Please just get in touch.
Haines Watts have developed a range of services to cover many of the challenges you’ll meet, from business planning, business growth support to acting as your sounding board. They are on your doorstep when you need them as a business start-up – and they’re big enough to support you as you expand.