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Growing tomorrow’s businesses

The UK has a rich ecosystem of early-stage businesses with untapped potential. But without funding and specialist support, many might never get off the ground.

Enter VCTs. They channel capital into some of the most promising businesses to help drive their growth.

Some household names started off with VCT funding. You might have heard of some names Octopus has backed, like Secret Escapes, Zoopla, or Graze.

Of course, not every smaller company will be a success story. That’s why VCTs are known for their tax reliefs. They exist to incentivise investment and to compensate investors for the risks involved in backing early-stage businesses.

Some risks to keep in mind

  • The value of a VCT investment, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise. Investors may not get back the full amount they invest.
  • Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may change in the future.
  • Tax reliefs depend on the VCT maintaining its qualifying status.
  • VCT shares are by their nature high risk, their share price may be volatile and they may be hard to sell.


VCTs explained

Want to learn more about VCTs? Head to our VCTs explained page to get more information on why your clients might want to invest in a VCT and what they can expect from an Octopus VCT investment.

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Octopus Titan VCT

The UK’s largest VCT invests in a portfolio of 70 early-stage companies with the potential for high growth.

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Octopus AIM VCTs

Two VCTs featuring established portfolios of around 75 AIM-listed companies with growth potential.

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Octopus Apollo VCT

A portfolio of around 50 established smaller companies which targets commercialised businesses looking to scale.

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Support for advisers

Many advisers value VCTs as a powerful planning tool for their clients. See our planning scenarios for more insight into the kind of situations where a VCT is worth considering.

Got a question? Find your local Business Development manager or call the team on 0800 316 2067. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Nothing on this page constitutes investment, tax or legal advice. Personal opinions may change and should not be seen as advice or a recommendation. VCTs may not be suitable for everyone, so we recommend investors speak to a financial adviser, and read the relevant brochure, before deciding whether to invest. These documents are available on this site.

This advertisement is not a prospectus and investors should only subscribe for shares on the basis of information contained in the VCT’s prospectus and Key Information Document, which are available on this site. Any recommendation should be based on a holistic review of your client’s financial situation, objectives and needs.