Investment scheme made permanent – now let’s make it even more effective

The CIOT has welcomed the announcement that the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is to be made permanent. However, more needs to be done to help investors and companies benefit from the scheme, the CIOT has warned.

Andrew Gotch, Chairman of the CIOT’s Owner Managed Business Sub-committee, commented:

“Investors in small, high-risk companies will be encouraged by the Government’s announcement that the SEIS will be made permanent. This can only increase investment in such companies, driving growth in the UK.

“The SEIS was introduced in 2012 to help small, start-up companies raise equity finance. Individuals investing under the scheme enjoy a range of generous tax reliefs similar to those available under the well-known and successful Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

“However, more needs to be done to remove or simplify the many conditions which restrict access to the SEIS. Only then will the SEIS fulfil its potential and encourage significant entrepreneurial activity in the UK.”



Notes to editors:


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