Access to finance and people retention are two of the biggest challenges faced by today's young and growing companies.

When considering access to finance, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) were created to help smaller, higher-risk companies raise equity finance by offering a range of tax reliefs to investors.

A popular but still underutilised and sometimes misunderstood route to finance for companies seeking funding support, the scheme’s profile has grown consistently to the point that it is now seen as one of the main sources of external funding opportunity for the UK’s SMEs.

The scheme is noted for the complexity of the rules which govern it and a key element of the support we provide for our clients is assisting them in navigating these to ensure a successful outcome for companies and potential investors.

We work closely with businesses and funders to explain the risks and challenges involved and outline an effective strategy for achieving your business ambitions as well as meeting your investment expectations.

Our Entrepreneurial Taxes team work with clients across a broad range of sectors including Technology & Life Sciences and Food & Drink. Our expertise spans across all areas of assisting clients with the EIS and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

We recognise the importance of being at the cutting edge with startups and the business landscape in Scotland which is why we have an active involvement with leading investment events including EIE, Scottish Edge and the Startup Summit.

Andrew Holloway leads our team of specialists across Scotland. Get in touch with Andrew to find out more about how our team could help you.

As a growing start-up it's important to have trust in your advisers, and know that they will help you make educated decisions that help you on the journey to success. Johnston Carmichael have done exactly that, helping from simple Payroll setup, through to EIS investment and EMI schemes, as well as more recently with the formation of our US company. They have been extremely helpful at every level, and I would highly recommend them!

Matthew Lanham

CEO & Founder, Gecko Labs

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