Angel investing – the new asset class

 

 

Angel investment is an important asset class and now more main stream than ever.  It has the potential to play an even greater part in financing new businesses in future, which was highlighted at the event - 'Angel investment - the new asset class' recently by key figures from xénos, the UK Business Angels’ Association as well as the Business Growth Fund, British Bankers' Association, AIM and HMRC.

 

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

  • The introduction of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) in 2012 sharpened the focus on angel investing as a potentially class-leading option for both private investors (business angels) and businesses seeking investment.
  • SEIS offers tax relief to angel investors investing in early stage companies and according to UK Government figures published on 7th November, more than 1,100 companies have already raised £82 million in investment. (Source: HMRC).

 

Regional Growth Fund         

  • Aside from its role as a provider of follow-on funds, the Regional Growth Fund now offers angel investors an alternative exit option as it can now buy out angel investors from existing investments. 

 

AIM                     

  • Exits are an essential consideration for angel investors and the Alternative Investments Market (AIM) can provide an effective exit route for early stage businesses.  

 

UK Business Angels Association          

  • The UKBAA has introduced a new deal sharing platform that its members, which include xénos, can use to introduce deals to a new angel investors throughout the UK.   

 

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