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)

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