The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) has been around since 1992, so although it’s not a new initiative, it’s certainly gaining traction as a tax-efficient way to invest and raise capital.

Although there is a fair bit of terminology to wade through, the concept is simple – EIS supports early-stage businesses in accelerating growth by attracting investors with a range of tax reliefs.

The basics are that:

  • Investors can claim significant Income Tax relief of up to 30 per cent.
  • They also get Capital Gains reliefs up to 50 per cent of the invested value.

The latest figures from the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) show that, in 2019-20, UK businesses raised just over £1.9 billion through the scheme.

Companies raised £170 million through the related Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), a similar program, although focused on brand new startups.

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