Quick Insights: SEIS/EIS Benefits for Your Startup

Series 1: Getting Started with SEIS/EIS

Your go-to resource for navigating the ins and outs of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) & Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)!

Securing funding is a crucial step on your startup journey, but have you considered the full spectrum of benefits that SEIS/EIS bring to the table? It’s not just about the money; these schemes pack a punch with a range of advantages that can significantly impact your startup’s trajectory. Let’s dive into the benefits that could set your venture apart.

The Benefits of SEIS/EIS for Your Startup

The SEIS and EIS are more than just financial lifelines; they are strategic tools that can enhance your startup’s appeal, stability, and growth potential.

Attracting Investors

One of the most immediate benefits is the attractiveness of your startup to potential investors. The generous tax reliefs offered by SEIS/EIS reduce the risk for investors, making your venture a more appealing option. This can be a game-changer in attracting the initial investment needed to get your idea off the ground or to propel your business to the next stage of growth.

Tax Reliefs for Investors

  • SEIS: Investors can receive up to 50% tax relief on investments up to £100,000 per tax year, which can be a significant incentive.
  • EIS: Offers 30% tax relief on investments up to £1,000,000 per tax year, making it attractive for those looking to invest larger sums.

These reliefs not only encourage investment but also create a stronger bond between investors and your startup, as they have a vested interest in your success.

Capital Gains Tax Exemption

Both schemes offer exemption from Capital Gains Tax on profits earned from the shares if held for a minimum period (three years for both SEIS and EIS), providing a further financial incentive for long-term investment in your startup.

Loss Relief

Should the business not perform as expected, investors can claim loss relief, which mitigates the financial risk involved in investing in startups and further sweetens the deal for potential backers.

Increased Credibility and Visibility

Being part of SEIS/EIS can increase your startup’s credibility and visibility in the market. It signals to investors, customers, and partners that your business has passed a certain level of scrutiny and is considered a viable and promising venture by the UK government.

Wrapping It Up

The SEIS and EIS offer a robust framework for startups to not only secure essential funding but also to build a solid foundation for growth. By understanding and leveraging the benefits these schemes provide, you can enhance your startup’s appeal to investors, reduce financial risks, and gain a competitive edge in the market. In our next post, we’ll explore the process of obtaining SEIS/EIS advance assurance, ensuring your startup is fully prepared to take advantage of these opportunities. 

Ready to make the most of SEIS/EIS for your startup? Let’s chat! Whether you’re seeking clarity on eligibility, benefits, or advance assurance, we’re here to guide you through the process. Book a no-obligation consultation with Elliott Gaspar, Standard Ledger’s Founding UK Director, and unlock the potential of these valuable investment schemes for your startup.

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