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.
The commercial tide has shifted and it is start-ups that have the most potential to challenge the normal rules of business and create new consumer behaviours. In common with others, we believe start-ups and scale-ups are becoming more of the driving force of innovation and with it our UK economic growth.
Successive governments, both Tory and Labour, have recognised this – launching the EIS in 1994, progressively strengthening it and then introducing 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. 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.
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.