James Faulkner, Director at Vala Capital, on life after lockdown

New investments in Enterprise Investment Schemes have yet to be made – but when they do, investment managers will have taken into account the risks posed by the pandemic.

Just as last year’s parliamentary drama was settling down, storms Ciara and Dennis rolled into town, and the Covid-19 virus began its spread across the world. Stock markets collapsed and governments put us all in lockdown, throttling the life out of entire economies. Central banks are struggling to find any aces up their sleeves, having played their best hands over more than a decade of printing money and keeping interest rates at rock bottom. Against the current backdrop we’re often asked what it all means for investing in start-ups through the EIS. At times like this, EIS providers are prone to a couple of standard responses.

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