Mark Brownridge, Director General at EISA, reflects on 2020 and explains why he remains optimistic that 2021 will be a good year for tax-efficient investing.

As coronavirus continues to dominate almost every aspect of our lives, the stark realisation of the economic impact of the coronavirus epidemic is being laid out vividly before us.

At the time of writing, the number of people claiming benefit in the UK has risen by 23%, GDP is down 20%, and UK public debt is now larger than the size of the UK economy. All hopes of a V shaped recovery seem to have dissipated and we still face huge uncertainty. Oh, and you can throw in the still unresolved Brexit situation just for good measure. Two words sum things up. Doom and Gloom.

For startups and scaleups, the funding situation is dire. Positively, there is much appreciation of the role the UK’s start-ups and scale-ups can play in reigniting growth in the UK amongst Government and Westminster and perhaps this will spark a renewed and sustained interest in supporting the UK’s SMEs.

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