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Oxford Capital wins ‘Best Investor Return’ at the Growth Investor Awards

By Oxford Capital December 16, 2022
The 2022 Growth Investor Awards took place recently, with a gala dinner and awards ceremony to recognise the best of the growth investing community. The winners received their awards in front of 450 guests from across the alternative investments industry. This year’s awards were hosted once again by TV and radio star Claudia Winkleman, alongside…
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A Year in Review – What will ‘backing founders’ mean in 2023?

By David Mott December 6, 2022
By David Mott, Founder Partner, Oxford Capital  As we reflect on 2022, it’s been another year of challenges in the broader economy and within our own sector.  While many early-stage companies have continued to experience significant growth, valuations have been impacted and founders are facing multiple challenges.  The current landscape for early-stage companies  According to…
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With change comes opportunity – Autumn Statement

By Oxford Capital November 21, 2022
The recent autumn statement announcement included significant tax changes coming into force as soon as next April. To identify opportunities for investors we have summarised some of the changes, and how EIS may offer potential solutions. The Change: The 45% tax rate from April 2023 will be applied to earnings over £125,140, a reduction down…
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Meet the Oxford Capital Team – Mark Bower-Easton, Manager, Private Client & Family Office

By Oxford Capital November 17, 2022
1. What’s a typical day like for you at Oxford Capital? The great thing about my role is that there’s no such thing as a typical day. Once I have successfully navigated the infamous Oxford rush hour traffic and arrived at the office, I will usually start my day by answering any email enquiries that…
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Are EIS a good investment?

By Mark Bower-Easton November 1, 2022
Growth EIS Investments for beginners – learn everything you need to start as an investor   What is EIS eligible? There are rules around EIS eligibility for both companies looking to raise capital, and investors looking to invest in EIS-qualifying companies.  For companies, they need to adhere to HMRC’s qualification rules. These include operating in…
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Meet the Oxford Capital team – Chris Payne, Investor

By Oxford Capital October 24, 2022
1. What’s a typical day like for you at Oxford Capital? This varies greatly depending on what day or week it is and what’s coming through the investment pipeline. Generally, we try to allocate a third of our time and effort to portfolio company management and support, new deal sourcing, and working on active deals…
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Growth EIS investments for beginners – Learn everything you need to know

By Mark Bower-Easton October 5, 2022
What are EIS Investments? Strictly speaking, there’s no such thing as an EIS investment. What you invest in are venture capital backed, early-stage unquoted company deals, and the shares you buy in these companies qualify for Enterprise Investment Scheme tax benefits. EIS was introduced by the Government in 1994, with the aim of encouraging investments…
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Government reinforces commitment to UK entrepreneurs

By Oxford Capital September 26, 2022
“We want this country to be an entrepreneurial, share-owning democracy. The Enterprise Investment Scheme and Venture Capital Trusts, we will extend beyond 2025. Crucial steps on the road to making this a nation of entrepreneurs.” Kwasi Kwateng, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Some welcome news for the EIS industry in last week’s “mini-budget” when the Chancellor…
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Meet the Oxford Capital team – Lucia Gunn, Director, Finance & Operations

By Oxford Capital September 26, 2022
1. What’s a typical day like for you at Oxford Capital? Every day is different; there are annual events to manage such as financial and fund accounts, which are externally audited, budget setting with three year forecasts, policy reviews and of course planning the Christmas party. Biannually I chair the Valuations Committee which examines the…
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Are EIS Investments Tax-Free?

By Mark Bower-Easton September 5, 2022
EIS investments are high risk. You are investing in early-stage tech-focused businesses, and as such, you need to be comfortable with the level of risk and the lack of liquidity for approximately 5-7 years. However, for those that are comfortable with the risk, HMRC provides some very attractive tax relief benefits, including: 30% income tax…
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