On 29th September the IoD City of London branch hosted an event looking at fueling entrepreneurial growth.
During the event much was discussed including funding, investment and financial management, issues relevant for many professionals, including startups looking for funding and investment opportunities, as well as for investors and prospective investors themselves, seeking new ways to manage their money and returns.
With limits on pension contributions and subdued returns on conventional portfolios, investing in private companies backed by the reliefs available through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) offers investors an attractive alternative.
After the EU referendum, access to finance for growth remains a key business issue. For entrepreneurs EIS offers an efficient way of raising finance – 71% of companies receiving EIS funds have grown employee numbers post investment.
Through a series of real life case studies on private companies, the event, organised by our Financial Services group, aimed to raise awareness of EIS and offer practical tips on finding finance and selecting investments. Key questions asked at the event included what investors should look for when investing; how can entrepreneurs attract independent investors; what role could EIS play in boosting post-Brexit UK growth; and how do investors access, create and manage a portfolio of EIS investments.
The panel of eminent speakers at the event shared their secrets of success (and lessons learnt). They included Matthew Taylor, Founder and Managing Partner of Rockpool Investments; Andrew Bristow, Chairman of Airedale Catering Equipment Group and ex CEO of Autobar Group; Fiona Cruickshank, an entrepreneur, former owner and managing director of the Specials Laboratory and SCM Pharma, turned Investor and Non-Executive Director; and Paul Bentley, Executive Director of Private Wealth Management at Kleinwort Benson. After the panel discussion we held a questions and answers session followed by drinks and networking.
The event was kindly sponsored by Rockpool Investments and was hosted by Kleinwort Benson. The excellent catering services were also provided by the Clink Foundation, an organisation that helps prison inmates and disadvantaged young people learn catering skills.
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