With continuing demand from investors for access to exciting corporate investment opportunities, the investment management and corporate advisory business, Seneca Partners, has started 2015 with significant EIS equity funding available and the expectation of investing more than £20m into the UK’s most exciting SMEs in the coming year.
Seneca Partners, the North West based investment manager, is part of the wider Seneca stable of companies which have more than £400m under management. They have a number of ways in which their high net worth investors can invest in UK SMEs and with many corporates still struggling to access funding from more traditional sources, these investments provide what is often a much needed injection of capital to support the continued growth of those businesses.
HNW investors often want to combine the excitement of growth capital investing with the significant tax breaks available under the Enterprise Investment Scheme which is currently driving strong demand for Seneca’s EIS investments. As a result, Seneca are in the process of increasing their EIS investment activity with significant funds available for immediate investment and are currently targeting growth capital investments in UK SMEs of £1m – £3m per company with the expectation of investing more than £20m in 2015.
In 2014, Seneca completed 15 investments into growing SMEs, and with increasing levels of funds committed to further EIS equity investments they are expecting to be even more active in 2015. Seneca’s sector interests and investment capabilities are wide ranging but they are targeting EIS equity investments in profitable businesses, with proven concepts that are looking to take the next step on the growth curve and need capital to do so.
Richard Manley, director at Seneca Partners, comments:
“We specialise in identifying well-run companies with exciting growth prospects in which to invest, and do so whilst securing tax reliefs for our high net worth clients. We are looking to add to our portfolio of investee companies over the coming months, with a particular focus on those companies whose funding requirement is between £1m and £3m. We are excited about working with more high growth companies in 2015 and supporting them on their journey as they continue to grow.”