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Ingenious VCTs exit music festival

Ingenious Live VCTs have exited their investment in the Creamfields music festival for a total of £2.8 million.

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Clampdown on EIS and VCT criteria

The government is tightening the rules on the enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and venture capital trusts (VCTs) in a bid to focus the initiatives more at higher risk companies.

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Public offer launched for NVM’s Northern 2 VCT

Fund manager NVM Private Equity has launched a public offer of new ordinary shares for its venture capital trust (VCT), Northern 2 VCT, with a target of raising up to £15 million.

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Edge Performance VCT makes a play for Bagpuss

Venture capital firm North Promotions, a company funded by Edge Performance Venture Capital Trust, has made a £4.2 million takeover approach for Coolabi, the distributor of children’s character Bagpuss.

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Two more solar VCTs from Octopus

Fund manager Octopus Investments has launched two more venture capital trusts (VCT) that will invest predominantly in solar companies.

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Ingenious positioning to sell festival stakes

Entertainment-focused VCT manager Ingenious Ventures is positioning to exit some of its music festival investments before the end of the year.

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Octopus to raise £120 million for renewable energy

Asset manager Octopus Investments has signalled a continued commitment to back the UK’s solar industry, announcing plans to raise £120 million to make further investments in renewable energy.

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Bumper £7.5 million dividend for YFM VCT

YFM Equity Partners will pay out £7.5 million in dividends to shareholders of its British Smaller Companies Venture Capital Trust (BSC VCT) - one of the largest generalist VCT dividends in a decade.

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Don’t over-promote EIS and VCT tax relief, FSA warns

The Financial Services Authority has warned Venture Capital Trust (VCT) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) managers to avoid marketing investments at customers solely on attractive tax incentives.

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Venture capital and EIS consultation begins

HM Treasury has begun consulting on the future of seed and early-stage investment in the UK after the government announced reforms to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) in March's 2011 Budget.

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VCTs primed for action

The cash holdings of venture capital trusts (VCTs) have increased for another year, with funds totalling £816 million for the 2010-11 tax year - a jump of more than 3.5 per cent on the year before, research reveals.

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Beringea exits Steak after global expansion

VCT fund manager Beringea has sold its equity interest in digital marketing agency Steak Media after a five-year investment that included the expansion of the business internationally.