On this page you will find a collection of EISA guides. These guides cover a range of topics, helping you to learn more about the Enterprise Investment Scheme and ensure you’re up to date with the latest rules and regulations.

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (“EIS”) and the “Sunset Clause”

What is the Sunset Clause and what does it mean for you? What does it cover? Is SEIS included? This short guide answers the key questions regarding the Sunset Clause.


EIS: new landscape, new opportunities

As the 2017 Autumn Budget clearly demonstrated the UK government continues its commitment to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). This has allowed investors and advisers to have even greater confidence in attempts to finance the expansion and development of some of the country’s most promising companies.


EIS: under the bonnet

EIS and SEIS investing is becoming more and more popular. In this guide, we aim to help investors delve into the detail of these schemes, looking at the component parts that make them tick and illustrate how they work in practice.

This “Under the Bonnet: guide follows the path of an EIS investment, from the initial sourcing of funds from UK tax-paying investors, through the different stages of the investment’s life cycle, to the point when investments are exited. We answer common queries, including:

  • How to source EIS-qualifying investments
  • How to support an investee company to aid its success
  • What happens once you’ve invested
  • Planning a route to exit, and
  • Questions to ask your EIS manager


Grow your business with the Enterprise Investment Scheme

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are two such options, and this guide has been produced by the EIS Association (EISA) as a quick introduction to the schemes. It explains what they are, how they work and some of the rules associated with them. It is also designed to get business owners thinking about whether EIS or SEIS could be right for them and contains information about taking the next steps towards seeking funding.


EIS: Managing the risks

The Treasury is keen to encourage investors to support enterprise in Britain. But equally, it recognises that an investment in a start-up or SME business carries significant risk to the point where potentially an investor could lose all their initial capital. To compensate for this risk, the Treasury offers investors generous tax reliefs.

HMRC recently amended rules that enabled investors to benefit from these tax reliefs while investing in low-risk, asset-backed schemes. These schemes were not without risk — if one investment failed it was possible that the returns from the others would not outweigh losses. But that ship has sailed.