Investing for growth

Generate real returns on your money by investing and lending to a diversified range of entrepreneurial UK companies.

Your capital is at risk and returns are not guaranteed.

Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs)

Open for investment until 3pm on Tuesday 31 August 2021

Invest in small-medium sized or early-stage UK companies to help them grow:

  • Receive income via tax-free dividends
  • Access 30% income tax relief and pay no capital gains tax
  • High risk and long term compared to more conventional investments

Enterprise Investment Scheme

Invest in early-stage UK venture companies and receive attractive tax benefits:

  • 30% income tax relief 
  • No capital gains tax if shares are held for three years 
  • Up to 45% loss relief 

VT Downing Unique Opportunities Fund

Invest in this UK equity fund: 

  • A concentrated portfolio of 25-40 UK listed companies 
  • Companies have a market capitalisation of £150 million - £10 billion
  • It's unique as it invests in companies that have a sustainable competitive advantage based on above average returns on capital 

VT Downing Global Investors Fund

Invest in this global equity fund:

  • A portfolio of around 200 companies
  • Thematic fund - as fund manager Anthony Eaton believes trends drive events
  • The funds primary focus is on opportunities created by the expansion of the global middle class 

Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust plc.

Invest in UK micro-cap equities:

  • A concentrated portfolio of 12-18 companies
  • Holdings typically have a market capitalisation of under £150 million
  • Unlock shareholder value by taking influential positions in each company to influence strategic and operational initiatives