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Zzish hits £1.15m funding target on Crowdcube for technology that will democratise quality education and move the needle on learning
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Startup Surgery: Can my co-founder and I ask for a salary with our first Seed investment?
posted on May 18, 2017

Michael O’Brien from chartered accountants and financial advisers Kreston Reeves answers a reader’s question about whether those raising Seed funding can expect to take a salary.

IoD calls on government to promote EIS and SEIS
posted on July 30, 2015

The Institute of Directors has called on the government to promote the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme to make it easier for more people to invest in new and growing businesses. Updated figures released this week showed that more than £1.5bn was invested in at least 2,700 companies through the schemes in…

EIS and SEIS changes could be disastrous for tech
posted on July 30, 2015

Accountancy firm Baker Tilly has warned that new rules regarding EIS and SEIS tax breaks could prove disastrous for growing technology companies. Official statistics have been released by HMRC showing that the number of firms receiving investment and raising funds through the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme has risen for another year….

The Summer Budget – the angel investment perspective
posted on July 9, 2015

As the dust settles on the UK’s five years of coalition government, there is one thing that most entrepreneurs and investors alike would agree on: that recent years have seen the UK perform incredibly well in developing a globally-competitive high growth business and technology ecosystem. From the introduction of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, to…

#Budget2015: tech roundup
posted on July 8, 2015

Latest figures from the Office for Budget Responsibility have found that two million jobs were created during the last parliament, and while its forecast expects one million more jobs to created over the next five years, the Chancellor pledged two million during his Budget speech. Business investment is also 31.9% higher now than 2010. “Higher…

Can investors based outside the UK benefit from EIS or SEIS tax relief?
posted on July 6, 2015

This is a complex question with two parts. In respect of the investors – only UK tax resident investors are eligible to claim EIS or SEIS income tax relief. If your non-UK investors do not suffer any UK income tax, then no relief is available. This may solve the problem in the first instance – no…

Can I get approval for SEIS/EIS?
posted on June 9, 2015

Potentially, yes. You can obtain advance assurance from HMRC that your company and its proposed trade qualifies for either EIS or SEIS. It is not mandatory to do so, but it shows your potential investors that, subject to HMRC’s agreement, the company qualifies for either scheme. Investors can (potentially) claim SEIS by investing in your…

What the Autumn Statement means for tech
posted on December 3, 2014

Today George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. Gone are the days when these are just updates from the Chancellor on the latest economic figures, and this afternoon we had a statement of Budget-like proportions, with a huge number of announcements. Overall, my impression is that there is a lot of good stuff in the Autumn Statement….

What did the budget do for tech?
posted on March 19, 2014

The UK’s tech companies were watching closely as George Osborne got to his feet to deliver his fifth budget today. While the size of the deficit, and changes to pensions and income tax will inevitably dominate the analysis there were things in there that will help the tech industry too. Helpful news For example, UKTI,…

Analyst forecast platform ACE Consensus raises £200k
posted on November 21, 2013

Fintech startup ACE Consensus has raised £200k in seed funding, led by Jenson Seed EIS Fund. ACE is a digital platform for gathering and evaluating analyst forecasts. Crystal ball ACE Consensus provides investors with analysts predictions of foreign markets. It’s similar to one aspect of financial giant Bloomberg’s market analysis service, but with a crucial difference….

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InvestingZone launches to help investors buy shares in unlisted companies
posted on July 5, 2013

InvestingZone, a new crowdfunding platform which allows investors to buy shares in unlisted UK companies, has launched InvestingZone enables early-stage UK SMEs and business entrepreneurs to raise online investment through crowdfunding, a collective investment scheme, and allows business-savvy private investors to buy shares in unlisted companies. The platform was founded by Jean Miller and Richard Brockbank,…

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Ex-CEO of Ve Interactive under investigation for fraud
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EXCLUSIVE: E-commerce firm Paddle merges with DevMate in ‘seven figure’ deal
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Research spotlights lack of women in UK venture capital industry
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UK startups predict difficult times ahead following EU tech funding freeze
posted on May 22, 2017