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News : Deepbridge’s Warwick: EIS managers with no pipeline should be avoided


By the nature of what we do as tax-efficient investment managers, we face a constant balancing act. We have to ensure that we have enough investment coming in, via our adviser community, to fulfil the funding requirements of our investee companies, yet we also have to ensure that we have enough capacity to satisfy investor demand.

We see this balancing act as being a fundamental part of our business and our raison d’être. It therefore surprises me somewhat when advisers tell me that other managers are not able to confirm that they will be able to deploy funds within this tax year. I appreciate this is partly sales talk in order to create an unnecessary sense of urgency but at the same time I would be wondering what exactly they are doing if they are unable to commit to this fundamental.

Working closely with academia, science parks, funding specialists, Government-supported agencies, networks of innovators and independent advisers there is constantly a number of companies looking for funding via EIS and SEIS. This is especially true in our focal sectors of technology and life sciences, the trick for us is finding those that meet our criteria.

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