What is a VCT? 

Investments in VCTs carry tax relief to encourage investors to support smaller, higher risk companies. By pooling investments with those of others, VCTs allow investors to spread their risk over a number of small companies.

VCTs invest throughout the UK, helping to balance the nation’s economy, and as VCTs support businesses that are growing rapidly through the development of their management teams and operational functions, VCTs help create employment at all levels within a business. Research by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) shows that where investment has been present for over five years, the average increase in jobs is over 100 per company. Companies currently backed by the VCT scheme have created 27,000 jobs since the date of the first investment by a VCT.

 
 
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We are targeting support at small, high-growth businesses in rapidly growing sectors

VCTs support a range of small, high-growth businesses in all regions of the country, including rapidly-growing tech and ‘knowledge intensive’ companies.  


We are supporting jobs and employment growth across the UK

AIC research has shown that where investment has been present for over five years, the average increase in jobs is over 100 per company. Companies currently backed by the VCT scheme have created 27,000 jobs since the date of the first investment by a VCT.  

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We provide expertise as well as funding 

VCTs do not just provide companies with money to help them grow; they bring on board people with the right experience and expertise to assist growing companies.


We offer true ‘patient capital’ 

VCTs are by their nature ‘patient capital’: the average duration of a VCT investment is seven years and VCTs fund businesses in multiple rounds of investment, allowing investors to respond to the changing needs of the business they invest in as it develops.

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