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What is an EIS?



The Enterprise Investment Scheme is designed to encourage private investment into growing British companies, by offering attractive tax reliefs.

It is one of the UK Government’s flagship policies for supporting British enterprise, stimulating approximately £1bn of private investment each year.


If you invest in EIS-qualifying companies, and depending on your personal circumstances, you may benefit from the following EIS tax reliefs:

  • 30% income tax relief – your income tax bill can be reduced by 30% of the amount invested into EIS. This relief can be applied to the tax year in which you purchase the shares, or carried back to the previous year.
  • Tax-free gains – gains on EIS investments are not subject to Capital Gains Tax (CGT).
  • CGT deferral – if you owe tax on another gain, for example from the sale of a share portfolio or investment property, you can defer the payment of CGT by investing the value of the gain into EIS-qualifying companies.
  • Loss Relief – if your EIS investments underperform, you can offset any losses against other income or gains.
  • Inheritance Tax relief – if held for two years, and still held at the investor’s death, EIS investments may be exempt from Inheritance Tax.


EIS investments are always highly risky. They can also make your tax return calculations more complicated than usual. It is therefore a good idea to seek help from a professional adviser, if you are at all uncertain about making an EIS investment.

More information on the risks of EIS investing can be found in the Information Packs for our EIS investments, and you should read these carefully before deciding if EIS investment is right for you.

Click here to view our EIS investment platform information page.


The Oxford Capital Growth EIS allows you to acquire a portfolio of shares in small UK companies that qualify for the Enterprise Investment Scheme. The Growth EIS aims to back ambitious entrepreneurs who are building companies in sectors where the UK leads the world. Ecommerce, financial technology, gaming, digital health and artificial intelligence are all current areas of interest.

Learn more

Download the Guide to EIS Investing

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