Nick Britton explains the AIC’s role in representing and supporting the VCT industry. He also looks at the relative stability currently being enjoyed by VCTs today following the most recent rule changes of 2015 and 2017. He discusses the advantages that VCTs have as a fund structure over other forms of investment.
Paul Mattick discusses Mercia’s acquisition of the Northern VCTs and explains how they will fit into the firm’s overall strategy. He also looks at the VCT investment landscape and where the opportunities lie for future growth in the context of a market that has shifted since the introduction of the risk to capital condition.
Dr Reuben Wilcock explains why Blackfinch is so excited about the potential for investing in tech companies through its VCT. He also considers the promising landscape for investment into the VCT market in 2020 and gives his views on the macro-economic conditions for growth.
John Davies talks about Seneca’s progress since launching into the VCT market over the past year and explains why Seneca is well placed in this market. He also calls for greater education of advisers, investors and potential investee companies across the country.
Charlie Stoop explains Puma’s strategy towards investee companies and discusses the way in which the risk to capital condition has changed Puma’s approach. He also looks at the landscape for entrepreneurs and the quality of businesses available for investment.
Nick Bird considers the continued high demand from the small business community for VCT investment, pointing to a number of investment sectors that are showing promise, including the future of health, the future of money, and ‘deep tech’. He also looks at the growing trend to consider environmental, social and governance issues and how these can be incorporated.
John Glencross reflects on a strong year for Calculus in 2019 and discusses the opportunities in the VCT market over the coming year. He also talks about the importance of good management teams as part of any investment decision.
Dan Perkins highlights the growth opportunity currently available within the creative industries in the UK and explains how Great Point Media’s EIS fund is helping to support that. He also explains that the creative industries have now begun to adapt well to the risk to capital condition, while also discussing the government’s knowledge-intensive fund.
Jasper Smith considers the political and economic climate over the past year and reflects on the potential of small businesses to deliver strong growth. He explains how Vala creates new investment opportunities through its entrepreneurially driven approach, and discusses how Vala deals with the risks involved in EIS funding.
Kealan Doyle talks about some of the exits that Symvan Capital has enjoyed over the past year and suggests that the market for strong UK firms is buoyant at present, creating good opportunities for exits. He also says that the recent risk to capital changes have been positive for the market.