Articles and analysis on Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs), the investment vehicles designed to provide individual investors with access to venture capital investments while offering tax incentives.


VCT fundraising tops £365 million

Venture Capital Trust (VCT) fund managers raised a total of £365 million during the 2010-2011 tax year, the fourth highest amount on record, research finds.


Why VCTs work

Comments from Chancellor George Osborne that there is a 'question mark' over the merits of VCTs have caused alarm among investors and fund managers.

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The role of VCT finance

Fund managers have described VCTs as ‘coming of age’, but how do businesses benefit from accessing their finance?


Foresight and Clearwater launch £20 million VCT

Foresight Group and Clearwater Corporate Finance have joined forces to launch a £20 million venture capital trust (VCT) that will make investments of up to £1 million.

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Foresight launches solar VCT

Venture capital trust (VCT) manager Foresight Group hopes to raise £40 million for a fund dedicated to investments in the solar energy sector.

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Why VCTs deliver growth

Last year VCTs raised more than £300 million, but the industry has to persuade the EU to relax investment restrictions.


Half VCTs’ assets yet to be invested

Almost half of the assets of venture capital trusts (VCTs) are held in non-qualifying investments or cash, research finds.

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Growth capital giants

With traditional sources of funding still in short supply, venture capital trusts are looking more attractive than ever to entrepreneurial ventures.


VCTs raise over £300 million

Fundraising for venture capital trusts (VCTs) totalled £311 million for the last tax year, more than double the amount raised in 2008/9.


Metal detection company wins backing

Metrasens, which supplies metal detection products to the healthcare and security markets, has secured £1.5 million from Octopus Ventures.


Levett predicts good year for VCTs

Tim Levett, the chairman of NVM Private Equity, believes that venture capital trusts will raise £250 million this tax year.

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Interview with Patrick Reeve of Albion Ventures

Away from the City, Patrick Reeve can be found at archaeological excavations around Kent, trowel in hand, scraping at the mud to try and find a Roman relic or two.