The UK boasts an expanding community of scaling SMEs driving private sector growth and revolutionising traditional industry practices. The opportunity to invest in these SMEs can often seem to many investors as a time-consuming and resource heavy process. With large private funds dominating the investment landscape, individual private investors can often find it difficult to access opportunities specifically tailored to their investment strategy.
With IW Capital research finding that 6.62 million UK investors believe that entrepreneurs will continue to play a critical role in driving private sector growth in 2017, we provide investors with access to some of the country’s leading investment opportunities.
By utilising our experience and contacts to originate opportunities, the team at IW Capital negotiate and professionally manage investments we believe will prove attractive for our network of client investors. This approach to negotiation provides access to some of the leading investment opportunities currently on offer in the UK, and is just one of the reasons why our network of investors is expanding rapidly.
Catering to the diverse needs of our investors, we offer equity and debt investment opportunities.
IW Capital focuses on originating, structuring and leading tax-efficient investment through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to the value of £1 million to £2.5 million.
We professionally manage the whole process on behalf of investors, from originating the opportunity, through to post deal management and eventual exit. We also provide investors with regular reports on the investee companies and take an active role in managing the investors’ interests; we take pride in forging strong working relationships with the companies and investors from the outset.
At the beginning of 2017, IW Capital launched its senior debt offering to provide our investors with the opportunity to invest in high-quality, senior debt transactions that support growing UK businesses. The senior debt offerings provides SMEs with the necessary capital to meet a variety of funding needs, including acquisition financing, development capital, debt refinancing and working capital.
Borrowers are generally stable, mature businesses with a track record of positive cash-generation. We have a strong preference to lend to profitable businesses, but will consider younger businesses and turnarounds where we can see a clear route to profitability.
We professionally manage the whole process on behalf of our investors, from originating and structuring the opportunity, presenting the opportunity, managing the delivery of the transaction and monitoring the loan for its duration. We provide investors with regular reports on each transaction and take a diligent and proactive role in managing investors’ interests. Loans will be for a maximum period of 5 years, and can incorporate amortising and/or interest-only repayment terms.
To find out whether your investment strategy is more suited to debt or equity, you can download our investor guide – SME Investor Profile 2017 – here.