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 have recognised this to. Launching the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) in 1994 and progressively strengthening it and then introducing Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) in 2012. The tax reliefs that are available to investors are very important ways of encouraging investment in high growth businesses.
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 in spreading the word about the benefits of EIS & SEIS. And are pleased to talk to investors, advisors and entrepreneurs about either scheme – regardless whether you are interested in our Fund or competition series.
Crowdcube is the UK’s leading investment crowdfunding platform by amount raised, providing you with a route to raising finance to help build and grow your business. With support from Crowdcube’s team of experts, you can take back control of raising finance with the added benefit of being backed by the crowd.
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.