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Should I Overfund My Business?

Should I Overfund My Business?

Posted 2 months ago


Crowdfunding in general has played a huge role in helping businesses get the boost they need and gain the funds they need. Equity crowdfunding is much the same practice; it involves the selling of s..

Tagged: sme entrepreneur raising funds equity crowdfunding eis seis alternative finance


After Coronavirus It's time to embrace equity investment

After Coronavirus It's time to embrace equity investment

Posted 3 months ago


Before the outbreak of coronavirus, we were beginning to see the rise of alternative finance sources, with emphasis being taken away from traditional banking. By and large, this was driven by altern..

Tagged: coronavirus eis equity investment alternative finance


Why Has The UK Fallen Behind In Its Coronavirus Support For Business?

Why Has The UK Fallen Behind In Its Coronavirus Support For Business?

Posted 3 months ago


In the last few days, it has been reported that more than one million people have been overlooked in government schemes that were designed to help them during the coronavirus pandemic.  But wh..

Tagged: Coronavirus Business EIS SEIS Investment Entrepreneur SME


Will The Future Fund Really Help UK Start-ups?

Will The Future Fund Really Help UK Start-ups?

Posted 3 months ago


Much excitement has been generated around the Future Fund, with many in the startup community praising its current performance. But to what extent will this new scheme help startups?  Providin..

Tagged: Coronavirus SME Future Fund EIS SEIS Startups Business Entrepreneur


Tightening of EIS Rules Takes £200m off Amounts Raised In 2018-2019

Tightening of EIS Rules Takes £200m off Amounts Raised In 2018-2019

Posted 3 months ago


According to figures released by HM Revenue & Customs, £1.8bn was invested into 3,905 companies, down from £2bn the previous year.  Investment via the Seed Investment Enterpris..

Tagged: business eis equity crowdfunding alternative finance P2P


EU State Aid Rules Are Holding Government Back From Supporting Small Business

EU State Aid Rules Are Holding Government Back From Supporting Small Business

Posted 4 months ago


NextFin is calling on the EU to suspend State aid rules on the Enterprise Investment Scheme to allow increased investment in small businesses struggling to survive amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cu..

Tagged: Covid-19 EIS SEIS Start-ups


Raising Finance: Comparing Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Equity Crowdfunding

Raising Finance: Comparing Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists and Equity Crowdfunding

Posted 4 months ago


Trying to find the best source of funding for your business can prove to be a difficult task and has traditionally been one of the most difficult parts of getting an idea off the ground. As a sector..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Venture Capital Angel Investment EIS SEIS Start-ups


Government Could Expand Future Fund To Include EIS Tax Relief

Government Could Expand Future Fund To Include EIS Tax Relief

Posted 4 months ago


It is being reported that the government’s support package for startups could be amended to incentivise private investors to invest in small businesses alongside the government with the prospe..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS Future Fund Covid-19


How do I sell my equity crowdfunding shares?

How do I sell my equity crowdfunding shares?

Posted 5 months ago


Equity Crowdfunding secondary market As of February 2020, there still isn't a truly liquid market for equity crowdfunding. Seedrs have launched something that resembles one on their platform which ..

Tagged: Equity Crowdfunding Secondary Market EIS


NextFin Interviews Sunil Shah, The 2019 Business Angel of The Year

NextFin Interviews Sunil Shah, The 2019 Business Angel of The Year

Posted 5 months ago


What makes the perfect pitch? What do investors look for in a business? These are questions that will cross the minds of any entrepreneur, and ones that, if approached properly can make the differen..

Tagged: News Angel Investor EIS Covid-19 Sunil Shah


Government Announces £1.25bn Package to Support Start-Ups

Government Announces £1.25bn Package to Support Start-Ups

Posted 5 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The government has announced £1.25bn worth of funds to help support start-ups that are not eligible for the current coronavirus economic relief sche..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS CBILS


Mobilising Private Investor’s Assets To Fund Small Businesses

Mobilising Private Investor’s Assets To Fund Small Businesses

Posted 5 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Now, along with the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA), and the P2P industry, we are calling on the government to embrace new proposals to co..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS P2P


Calls For Greater Transparency On Performance of Coronavirus Economic Support Schemes

Calls For Greater Transparency On Performance of Coronavirus Economic Support Schemes

Posted 5 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy The Labour Party has called for what it calls “much greater transparency” on the implementation of and effectiveness of the government’s..

Tagged: News P2P EIS SEIS


Is Coronavirus Having An Impact on Equity Crowdfunding?

Is Coronavirus Having An Impact on Equity Crowdfunding?

Posted 5 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  Given the unprecedented economic impacts of Coronavirus, we at NextFin would like to provide our customers and partners with an update on how the eq..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS Equity Crowdfunding Seedrs


What Is Equity Crowdfunding? - NextFin’s Guide

What Is Equity Crowdfunding? - NextFin’s Guide

Posted 5 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy  For companies that need to raise capital, there are a number of options they can choose from. Whether it be investing personal capital, securing a l..

Tagged: Entrepreneurs Tax EIS SEIS Seedrs


Lobbyists Call For Funding Package To Protect Start-Ups

Lobbyists Call For Funding Package To Protect Start-Ups

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright & Oliver Murphy Tech Start-ups could be “wiped out” without a government bailout. That’s the verdict of seven of the UK’s leading tech industry lobb..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS Start-ups


Four Things The Government Can Do To Stimulate The Economy And Protect Jobs

Four Things The Government Can Do To Stimulate The Economy And Protect Jobs

Posted 6 months ago


The Chancellor’s relief package has been heralded as a ‘lifeline’ by many businesses. Yet, for many small limited companies desperate to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, it doe..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS


How Raising SEIS and EIS Allowance Could Stimulate Private Equity Investment Into Early Stage Businesses

How Raising SEIS and EIS Allowance Could Stimulate Private Equity Investment Into Early Stage Businesses

Posted 6 months ago


Author: Sacha Bright and Oliver Murphy  The Enterprise Investment Scheme Association (EISA) with the support of Nextfin is lobbying H.M Treasury for significant short term changes to..

Tagged: News EIS SEIS


What are EIS and SEIS tax investment schemes?

What are EIS and SEIS tax investment schemes?

Posted 8 months ago


As legal adviser to a number of investment funds and small to medium-sized businesses, we are often asked at Harper James Solicitors which UK government schemes offer the most tax-effective ways to ..

Tagged: Investment EIS SEIS Tax Investors


Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS): bigger and better in 2018

Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS): bigger and better in 2018

Posted 3 years ago


November 2017: well how exciting. Expectations were that the Chancellor and HMRC would see the money flowing into EIS and VCTs as a sum of cash worth grabbing and would change the tax treatment acco..

Tagged: Enterprise Investment Scheme EIS Autumn budget Investment investors investing tax relief


Sacha Bright, CEO of businessagent.com comments on the latest Budget

Sacha Bright, CEO of businessagent.com comments on the latest Budget

Posted 3 years ago


CEO of businessagent.com, Sacha Bright shares his thoughts on the budget “Hammond’s budget today will be welcomed by the alternative investment community. More money to the British Busin..

Tagged: the budget Hammonds budget Sacha Bright investments investing invest EIS VCT HMRC


Hey Mr Cameron, How About Investing Into UK Companies?

Posted 5 years ago


I’m sure you are all aware of Mr Cameron’s recent tax affairs which are all over the news as it has been very hard to avoid. I wanted to give some different views on the situation and al..

Tagged: David Cameron Prime Minister Investment SEIS EIS Tax affairs Blairmore Holdings


How does the budget affect alternative finance? Business Agent looks at the 'lifetime ISA', CGT and the increase in stamp duty surcharge.

Posted 5 years ago


One thing that really sparked our interest was the new ‘Lifetime ISA’. Individuals under 40 can now save up to £4000 a year into the new ISA until they reach 50. For every £4..

Tagged: ISA CGT Budget alternative finance crowdfunding SEIS EIS


Crowdfunding EIS and SEIS investments - In praise of diversity across sectors and geography

Posted 6 years ago


How to build an enterprise investment scheme and portfolio using equity crowdfunding Having recently discussed some of the advantages of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, I was interested to ..

Tagged: SEIS EIS equity crowdfunding investments


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