Nicola Horlick, chief executive of Bramdean Asset Management, has joined forces with two 3i alumni to launch a new investment business.
Rockpool Investments will be jointly managed by Horlick, who will be chairman, Gary Robins, former CEO of investor network Hotbed, and Matt Taylor, formerly a senior partner at private equity group Foresight.
The trio aims to capitalise on an expected increase in interest in Enterprise Investment Schemes (EISs) following changes announced in last year's Budget.
Rockpool will offer a range of tax-efficient portfolio services which will offer access to EISs, VCTs and other tax-efficient investment opportunities.
The services amd funds will be made available to entrepreneurs and well-off private investors.
"In essence, Rockpool is offering easy access to private equity investments for the comfortably well-off, right through to the very high net worth individual," the group said in a statement.
Horlick added: "I am delighted to be playing a leading role in this exciting new venture. Rockpool will provide investors with the opportunity to make money at the same time as helping ambitious companies grow faster.
"SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK's economy and the key to unlocking future growth, but it has become notoriously difficult for them to obtain growth finance from traditional sources."
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