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  • Issuing SEIS and EIS shares - 4 key considerations
    So, you successfully obtained SEIS and EIS advance assurance from HMRC and successfully raised your “risk finance” capital. Congratulations are in order, as achieving all of this is a lot of hard work! Before you pop open the champagne, however, you must ensure that you correctly issue the SEIS and EIS shares, as errors in share issuance can put all your hard work in jeopardy. (Grab a ...
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  • Are the EIS and SEIS set for a makeover?
        Mark Brownridge, the Director General of the EIS Association, discusses the conservative party manifesto's intentions for the future of EIS and SEIS.  Sapphire Capital Partners highly recommend membership of the EISA; an overview of the benefits to becoming an EISA member can be downloaded by clicking here.   Are the Enterprise Investment Scheme an...
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  • How the tax man rewards you for being a crowdfunder
    When Airpos board of directors decided to launch a round of fundraising they wanted to ensure it was open to as wide a community of investors as possible.  They wanted to avoid the traditional roadshow, photocopied brochures and hard sell over coffee.  They identified the efficiencies of equity crowdfunding platforms and particularly Crowdcube as the best way to raise money.  They also...
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  • 5 key considerations for awarding shares to employees in high growth companies
    Most successful high growth companies set aside between 10% to 20% of the share capital for key members of the team.  In fact many investors will only want to invest in a company if it offers effective equity ownership to employees.  To do this, you must ask a number of key questions before proceeding. Who should participate? How much should we offer? What will the employees th...
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  • Equity crowdfunding - the new reality
      As the leading crowdfunding platforms grow to a new level of maturity, businesses increasingly view this as a way of raising investment. They also appreciate the opportunity to use crowdfunding to raise the businesses’ profile, attract customers, professional partners and prepare for future fund raising rounds. The challenge is to get listed on a platform but there is some transp...
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  • ELITE – supporting high growth businesses across the UK
    Mark Fahy, Head of UK Small and Mid Cap Companies, London Stock Exchange The London Stock Exchange Group understands the power of fast growing, ambitious businesses to the economic prosperity of the UK. These companies drive job creation, boost tax intake and create wealth across the country. What's more, the need for them to have access to appropriate growth funding is essential and ...
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  • Spring 2017 Budget - Implications for EIS and R&D Tax Credits
    As promised in the 2016 Autumn Statement, today we were presented with the last Spring Budget, whose purpose was to provide a transition into an annual budget presentation that will give a longer term outlook for adopting new measures.  As such, the content of today's presentation was focused on highlighting areas that may have changed since the Autumn Statement (such as the deficit), ...
  • What is a SEIS qualifying company?
      We are often asked which companies qualify for SEIS. Below is a brief summary of the requirements. Each Company must initially (i.e. at the time of issue of the shares) not be listed on a recognised stock exchange (as defined for the purposes of SEIS Relief) and there must be no “arrangements” in place for it to become so listed. In addition, throughout the three year SEIS period, ...
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  • How to identify pension and investment scams
    The world of pension and investment scams is dominated by some very slippery, dodgy, unregulated, unqualified, unscrupulous characters.  For example, in Spain, these "shady" characters are aptly labelled as “Chiringuitos” (bar flies) by the Spanish Regulator.  Herds of “introducers” masquerading as “wealth managers” stalk the unwary, flogging bogus occupational pension schemes and QROP...
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  • EU State Aid rules and the Enterprise Investment Schemes
    The word “Entrepreneur” originates from French, and was first used by the economist Jean-Baptiste Say in the early 19th century.  Its direct translation is “adventurer”, and that meaning conjures up attributes of bravery, resilience, and going beyond one’s comfort zone.
  • SEIS and EIS funds - how they are typically structured.
        At Sapphire we are often asked to advise on the structure of a new SEIS Fund or EIS Fund ("Fund"). A SEIS or EIS Fund is normally used when a group of investors want to invest in a selection of companies (as opposed to only one company) that qualify for SEIS/EIS reliefs. It is a method of investing that is becoming increasingly popular due to the advantageous SEIS/EIS tax re...
  • Does your company qualify for EIS? Complete our quiz to find out.
    In order to ensure your company qualifies for the Enterprise Investment Scheme ("EIS") there are certain questions you need to ask firstly. Below is a basic quiz to ascertain whether your company qualifies. If you answer no to any of the questions - then your company may not qualify for EIS. But as with everything, the devil is in detail, so check with your adviser (or us) before givi...
  • Autumn Statement 2016 Implications for SEIS, EIS, and SITR
    We were eagerly awaiting to hear the 2016 Autumn Statement in order gain some insight as to how the government proposes to deal with the resulting market uncertainty created by the Brexit referendum, and what the new prime minister and her cabinet are seeking to achieve. The main take-away points were: Productivity of the UK workforce is a main focus for improvement, and the gover...
  • Invitation to Sapphire Capital's "Raising Capital" EIS Event
    There has never been a better time to set up a company in the UK. The government support offered by both the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme ("SEIS") and the Enterprise Investment scheme ("EIS") provides start-ups with an excellent method to attract much needed capital in order to get a company started.
  • Breaking SEIS/EIS rules - what are the repercussions?
      SEIS and EIS facilitate private investment into companies by providing investors generous taxincentives, such as income tax relief, capital gains tax deferral, inheritance tax relief and loss relief. A great summary of investor incentives can be found on the infographic that we created for a prior blog: SEIS versus EIS - a visual comparison.   One of the requirements for companies...
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  • Dispelling the myths about R&D Tax Credits
      “Myth:  (1) A traditional story, especially one covering the early history of a people or explaining a natural/social phenomenon [like the ancient Greek myth of Ikaros, pictured here, who attempted to fly...].  (2) widely held but false belief.”[1]    R&D Tax Credits have been around for quite some time, yet many early stage / start-up entrepreneurs seem to be only vaguely familia...
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