About the Association
The EIS Association (EISA) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, which aims to assist in the flow of capital and resources available to British small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).
Enterprise Investment Partners and EISA
EISA was founded in 1990 (originally as the BES Association) and from its inception, Enterprise Investment Partners LLP (EIP) has been closely connected with its activities. Martin Sherwood is co-founder and Director of the Association.
EISA performs a number of key functions and its aims are twofold:
To improve the success of the EIS through making it more attractive to investors and improving the flow of capital to British SMEs.
To promote the benefits of the EIS to a broad audience including investors, EIS companies and their advisers.
EISA serves as the focus of dialogue between EIS stakeholders and the Government. As the official mouthpiece for the industry, EISA is regularly invited to consult with Government departments and over recent years it has been responsible for numerous improvements to the scheme. EISA has close relationships with HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs, Government Ministers, MPs, the FCA, BIS (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) and other interested parties.
Increasingly, EISA collaborates with other trade bodies affiliated with the small cap sector such as the BVCA (British Venture Capital Association), AIC (Association of Investment Companies), QCA (Quoted Companies Alliance) and numerous Business Angel organisations.
The partners of Enterprise Investment Partners LLP are committed to EISA and to furthering its work. The UK enterprise economy is now more important than ever - the aim is to improve, promote and expand the EIS through open and cooperative dialogue with HM Treasury, HM Revenue & Customs and the FCA.
The value of the investment may go down as well as up and an investor may not get back the amount he or she invests. Investments in early stage/small to medium sized Enterprises/Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes/Enterprise Investment Schemes ("SEIS/EIS") are high risk and you should not invest unless you can afford total loss or if you are likely to require the capital in the near term since such investments can be difficult to realise.
Your capital is at risk if you invest in a SEIS/EIS. The tax treatment of the investments depends on the individual circumstances of each investor and may be subject to change in future.
The availability of tax reliefs depends on the Company invested in maintaining its qualifying status.