£1.13 billion awaits investment from VCTs

Research carried out by Business XL has shown that Venture Capital Trusts currently have around £1.13 billion to invest in young, growing companies, following a bumper end to the tax year in fundraising terms.

According to the report there is around £411 million ‘sitting on the balance sheets of existing VCTs’ and ‘£718 million that has been raised by new VCTs in the 2005/2006 tax year’.

The amount of money to which newly established VCTs have access has soared over the past month due to the expectation that rules governing VCTs would change on 6 April.

This was confirmed in the March Budget when Chancellor Gordon Brown reduced the income tax relief available to private investors in VCTs from 40 to 30 per cent. Moreover, to qualify for all the tax breaks available, investors will be required to hold the shares for more than five years, rather than the present three.

The report claims the deadline has resulted in a frenzy of investment and cash raising amongst VCTs with Rhonda Nichols of F&C Asset Management, commenting that ‘every man and his dog was out raising funds’ ahead of the 5 April cut-off.

Leslie Copeland

Leslie Copeland

Leslie was made Editor for Growth Company Investor magazine in 2000, then headed up the launch of Business XL magazine, and then became Editorial Director in 2007 for the online and print publication portfolio...

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