Investment Champions celebrated in Annual EIS Association Awards

Firms investing in the UK’s growth businesses through the Enterprise Investment Scheme were recognised at the EISA’s annual awards last night.

Taking place at the House of Lords and hosted by the EISA Chairman, Lord Flight, the awards highlighted the contributions made to the UK economy through private sector investors using the EIS and SEIS to support growth businesses. The fund managers and professionals, through which the schemes are managed, were showcased in the series of awards.

The Director General of the EISA, Christiana Stewart-Lockhart said, “It incredibly important to recognise the fantastic work the industry undertakes, this year more than ever. The Awards denote achievements in a number of EIS and SEIS fields. From an unprecedented list of entrants we have been pleased to showcase some outstanding winners.”

Commenting on the vital role that the schemes play in boosting the UK economy, Lord Flight added, “Each year, these EIS and SEIS play a vital role in encouraging investment from private individuals to early stage businesses.

EIS and SEIS allow investors to claim tax reliefs against their investments in order to help facilitate the flow of capital to high risk, early stage businesses that might otherwise struggle to find funding. Private individuals typically invest a total of around £2 billion a year through the schemes, helping to fuel innovation and create thousands of jobs across the UK. The start of the new tax year effectively releases a further round of available funds. Since inception, the Schemes have attracted more than £27 billion of investment from the private sector and have helped around 52,000 businesses.”

Christiana Stewart-Lockhart added, “As we now look forward, we see the opportunity to support the government’s levelling up agenda through increasing the awareness of the schemes. Both winners, and all members of the EISA alike, recognise the major part that they will play in achieving this.”

The list of the 2022 winners is:

Best EIS Investment Manager: Par Equity

Best Financial Planner: Stephen Jones, Clear Solutions Wealth & Tax Management

Best Journalist or Advocate: Lisa Best, Intelligent Partnership

Best Legal/regulatory: Jointly awarded: Adempi Associates and SeedLegals

Best Newcomer: Jointly awarded: Regenerate Ventures and One Planet Capital

Best SEIS Investment manager: SFC Capital

Best Tax Advisor: Philip Hare & Associates LLP

Diversity Champion: Melian Dialogue Research Limited

EISA Impact award: Par Equity

Spirit of EIS: SeedLegals

Notes to Editors

Contact: Christiana Stewart-Lockhart

The EISA is the official trade body for the Enterprise Investment Scheme. EISA is a highly effective not-for-profit organisation whose core aim is to help Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) obtain the funding they need to grow their business and help drive our economy forward.

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About EISA

Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) is a not-for-profit organisation that helps Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) obtain the funding they need to grow their business and help drive our economy forward. EISA membership represents all areas of the EIS/SEIS industry including EIS/SEIS Fund Managers, Lawyers, Accountants, Tax Advisers, Corporate Financiers, Financial Planners and Wealth Managers, throughout the UK.

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