2016 proved to be a year of defining political announcements and economic events for Britain’s bustling community of scale-ups and investors. As we welcome in the New Year, 2017 is destined to be a year of transformation and change – presenting new opportunities for SME investors and businesses across the British Isles.
The coming months will be a particularly significant time for the British economy – Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she will formally invoke Article 50 prior to the end of March, kicking-off a two-year period of Brexit negotiations. These negotiations will provide much needed clarity for British businesses that will then be able to develop forward plans for their future growth. Chancellor Philip Hammond’s delivery of the 2017 Spring Budget on 8 March also has the potential to bring about a series of reforms to the alternative finance industry, particularly in supporting business access to finance.
Read our latest report reviewing 2016 and forecasting what 2017 has in store for SME investment in the UK, here.
The beginning of the new tax year – 6 April 2017 – means the coming three months provide a vital opportunity for investors to ensure they are able to take advantage of the tax-efficient schemes available to them. Championed by the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), which supported nearly 30,000 British taxpayers in the 2014-15 tax year alone, there are a variety of debt and equity options available to investors.
With underlying priority being to ensure our Access 42 investor network is supplied with the latest news and research, IW Capital will continue to provide industry-leading reports and thought leadership to our investors to help inform their investment strategy and tax planning in 2017.
Over the coming months, Access 42 members will be privy to research revealing the aspirations and fears of UK investors in 2017, and how they are planning to manage their investment strategy over the next 12 months.
Register as a member of Access 42, here.