supply and demand

EIS and VCT on a Downward Slide?

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) appears to be losing popularity with entrepreneurs, if the dramatic decline in firms making offers under the scheme is anything to go by

EIS and its sister scheme the Seed EIS (SEIS) are popular with startup investors because they offer tax breaks on profits and losses. But investment opportunities are thin on the ground in 2016-17. Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) appear to be affected, too, with investors being turned away.

Stop, Collaborate and Listen

Crowdfunding is a brand new invention. As these new, agile firms shape the market, they adapt and improve their business models in favour of what works for them and their customers.

collaboration in practice as teachers and pupils unload school furniture from a boat

Yesterday, we heard that RateSetter had entered into an arrangement with SyndicateRoom. The former is a lending platform, the latter, an equity crowdfunding platform. Under the agreement, the two alternative finance platforms will now refer their customers to one another, to provide a better service and meet more of the funding needs of new and growing businesses that are SyndicateRoom's and RateSetter's customers.