Proactive specialist asset management
We provide venture, private equity or debt finance to regional businesses with growth ambition.
The Northern Venture Capital Trust (VCT) Funds back high-quality management teams in businesses that have the potential for significant growth
If like many private investors you are looking to supplement your investment portfolio with a solution that could offer higher returns, then Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) may be for you.
We would be delighted if you could join us in an investor forum that this year will be held digitally. Tim Levett and Dr Mark Payton, together with select members of the Executive team, will give an update on the Northern VCTs’ execution of its 2020 plan, the integration with Mercia Asset Management, the next chapter of the Northern VCTs’ strategy and a financial update.
The reduction of the lifetime allowance from £1,250,000 to £1,000,000 in 2016 might have made traditional pensions less attractive for high earners, but with more flexible pension withdrawals now available, it does mean that there can be greater freedom for retirement planning. This freedom is increasingly being channelled towards VCT funds which have become a highly attractive alternative for a relatively new generation of investors.
As an investor into a VCT the tax relief is incredibly attractive and is the government’s way of encouraging people to support often higher risk smaller businesses.
Through our Northern VCT funds Merica can provide an investment opportunity with exposure to innovative, small companies. Led by highly ambitious management teams this VCT portfolio has the potential to generate significant value for our VCT shareholders. These portfolio companies are also helping to stimulate the wider UK economy along the way which satisfies investors seeking responsible investment strategies.
Mercia’s VCT funds invest across a range of innovative sectors from bioscience through to software and consumer goods providing investors access to unique opportunities. Whilst these do carry a degree of risk, as is the nature of all early stage investment, they do also offer high rewards for those seeking a high-risk, high-reward profile
You can invest up to £200,000 into VCT funds in any tax year. The Northern VCT Funds which Mercia manages has a minimum £6000 investment level.
VCTs are not for everyone. They carry a degree of risk as the companies in which they invest are early stage, which can mean less well-established businesses. It is important that you carefully research the opportunities and seek professional advice from a properly regulated entity or professional
Mercia’s investment Team has an established track record delivering returns for shareholders across both private and public sector mandates. Not only does the Group invest and manage more than £180million on behalf of the British Business Bank, but it also raises, invests, and manages its own VCT EIS and SEIS funds too. Over the years the VCT team has started to build an enviable track record making it one of the most promising VCT teams in the country.
The team, which is led by industry experts Tim Levett and Charlie Winward, is well established and following the integration into Mercia in December 2019 is also able to leverage the resources of the wider Mercia Group providing an unrivalled access of proprietary deal flow.
The popularity of Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Funds is bolstered by the range of opportunities that a well-diversified portfolio of knowledge-intensive small companies can offer. These investments can help to deliver a desired level of return, especially in those companies with strong IP and which are already gaining traction. For these companies that have already proven themselves EIS can offer them the investment injection they need to crystallise future success.