A well prepared deck to a targeted shortlist of HNW coupled with ESG factors central to this sustainable proposal was slam dunked with qualification for the Enterprise Investment Scheme “EIS”.
The EIS scheme is a UK government incentive to encourage more of the John Lewis model, being private persons holding shares in UK businesses not on the stock market. The benefit for the investor is immediate tax relief in the year of investment, receiving a tax credit to the value of 30% of their investment. A £10,000 investment here, immediately attracted a £3,000 reduction in your current year tax charge. Yes, attractive.
Furthermore, the future gains on this investment sit outside of Capital Gains Tax “CGT” or Inheritance Tax “IHT”, again attractive. An investor can put £1m into such investments in any tax year. Yes, these investment are more risk, but with rigour in the diligence and good knowledge of the team and proposition, this is a very attractive way to invest in and around sectors that you possible know well or are comfortable with.
We were very pleased, but not surprised that this Series A funding round was oversubscribed and closed out in 5 short weeks.