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The EIS Association (EISA)

The EIS Association (EISA) is the official trade body for the Enterprise Investment Scheme. EISA is a highly effective not for profit organisation which exists to aid the provision of capital to UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).  For further information about EIS or SEIS please click here.

EISA works closely with HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs, Government Ministers, MPs and the FCA to enhance the EIS and promote the benefits of the scheme to investors and companies using EIS/SEIS and their respective advisers.

July 15 – HMRC have released the latest Statistics on Companies raising funds under EIS and SEIS – to see the full report click here

The Budget 8th July 2015
For a summary of the changes to the venture capital schemes (SEIS, EIS and VCT) please click here. Please click here for Finance Bill 15 July 2015 – Changes to EIS. Please click here for Summary of EIS Legislation Summer Finance Bill 2015

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

Meeting with HM Treasury and HMRC re the published Budget announcements and draft legislation, (all subject to EU State Aid Approval). For the key points raised at the meeting and HMRC guidance click here

FCA’s Final Guidance on Social Media Financial Promotions – an article by Frank Daly of RW Blears 25 March 2015.  To read article click here.

Telegraph Letter – Start-ups need freedom to recruit foreign talent – signed by Tim Hames BVCA and Sarah Wadham EISA – click here

EISA Green Shoots Launch Party – Thursday 19th March 2015 – click here

THE EISA AWARDS 2014 – Thursday 12th February 2015

The Chairman’s Reception for the EIS Association in the House of Lords took place on Thursday 12th February 2015.  Lord Flight introduced the keynote speaker Luke Johnson of Risk Capital Partners who spoke in praise of British entrepreneurship. The EISA Awards Ceremony was the highlight of the evening and this year attracted a record number of entries and guests. Click here to read more and for more pictures click here

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 2014

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 10 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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