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Welcome to EISA

The EIS Association is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, which exists to assist in the
flow of capital and resource available to UK small to medium-sized enterprises through
the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

(EIS) and Seed EIS (SEIS). For further information about EIS or SEIS please click here. The EIS
Association, its founder members and board have been involved with the EIS since
inception. The organisation dates back to 1990, originally as the BES Association and has an
established history of dealing with tax effective investments in small to medium sized
companies over a long period across various economic cycles.

The EISA performs a number of key functions, its aims being twofold:
to work with HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs, Government Ministers, MPs, the FCA and other interested parties to improve the
success of the EIS/SEIS, and to promote the benefits of the Schemes across the board including investors, EIS/SEIS companies and their advisers.

Social Investment Tax Relief

The Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) scheme, launched in 2014, aims to encourage investment in enterprises providing a social benefit by offering tax relief to investors.  It works in a similar way to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) which has encouraged investment in early stage companies.

Click here for SITR Overview

Click here for SITR Factsheet

Click here for Proposed Amendments to SITR – Autumn Statement 2014

THE EISA AWARDS 2014 – Thursday 12th February 2015

The Chairman’s Reception for the EIS Association in the House of Lords which took place on Thursday 12th February 2015 is always a special occasion, and this year was no exception. The evening began with a welcome from our hostess Baroness O’Cathain. Lord Flight our Chairman then introduced our keynote speaker Luke Johnson of Risk Capital Partners who gave a rousing and well received speech in praise of British entrepreneurship. The Reception was also the platform to announce the new-style EISA awards, which this year attracted a record number of entries and guests. It was a hugely enjoyable evening. To see more pictures from the Reception click here

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Building a Capital Markets Union – an article by Roger Blears 16th March 2015

Building a Capital Markets Union, the new sunny uplands of EU policy – Opportunities for EIS Fund Managers .  To read article please click here.

HM Treasury – HM Revenue and Customs

Tax Advantaged Venture Capital Schemes:
Ensuring continued support for small and growing businesses
The EISA has submitted a response to this Consultation based on responses received from the EISA membership. To access a copy of the EISA submission click here

Annual EIS/BVCA Technical Seminar in Sheffield – 11th March 2015
This Technical Seminar was sponsored and hosted by Freeths in conjunction with the EISA and the BVCA
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EIS Masterclass – Thursday 5th March 2015

EISA Director General Sarah Wadham welcomed 54 wealth managers and IFAs to an EIS Masterclass organised by Intelligent Partnership at the offices of Tolleys.LexisNexis. Delegates gained three hours of structured CPD on topics ranging from how EIS will interact with new pension freedoms to avoiding common misconceptions and pitfalls. Speakers from St James’s Place, Rockpool Investments, Allenbridge IS, Ingenious Investments, Oxford Capital, Bovill, and Time Investments shared insight on tax planning, client segmentation, compliance, diversification, panels and renewables. EISA members can now read a commentary from IP Research Director Daniel Kiernan, who curated the event and view filmed highlights.

EISA Manchester Autumn Technical Update –Tuesday 18th November, 2014

The EISA Manchester Autumn Technical Seminar was again hosted by Acceleris Capital in the office of Grant Thornton. Sarah Wadham, Director General, and Martin Sherwood, Director, attended from London. The technical update is mainly for the benefit of members but we do invite some non-members in order to encourage them to join EISA. EISA is excited to be expanding into the North West region. A successful bi-annual seminar is an excellent way to showcase the work of the Association and demonstrate the importance of EIS to both investors and companies. Read more

EISA London Autumn Technical Seminar – Thursday 9th October, 2014

The EISA Autumn Technical Seminar was again hosted by Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys LLP). There were over 100 attendees, including several potential new members and representatives of other trade associations. We had an interesting and varied line up of speakers. Read more

EIS Tolley Diploma Launch Party – Thursday 18th September

The EISA and Tolley officially launched the EIS Tolley Diploma on Thursday 18th September at Altitude 360 in the Millbank Tower – a stunning venue with 360º views over London. Guests represented a wide cross section from the EIS industry, including wealth managers, IFAs, solicitors, accountants and tax planners together with the sponsors and their guests and representatives of the EISA and Tolley, part of LexisNexis.  Read more



Message from the Chairman


I am proud to have chaired the EIS Association for the last nine years. I believe it fulfils a much needed role in encouraging private investment into small and growing British companies and fostering the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit that drives private enterprise. During my tenure, […]

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Message from the Director General


Sarah was appointed as Director General in September 2013. Previously, Sarah ran her own business working with early stage companies and entrepreneurs to help them find investment funding. She managed a group of her own Business Angel contacts and worked closely with other Business Angel […]

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