Professional Adviser's sister title Investment Week has revealed the winners of its inaugural Tax Efficiency Awards 2016/17, which are designed to recognise the most forward-thinking providers in the areas of VCTs, EIS and BPR/IHT.
Changes to the pensions regime in the UK, allied to a widespread interest in earlier-stage investment opportunities, have turned the attention of investors towards tax-efficient schemes in this area.
The government also remains committed to encouraging the tax-efficiency sector to fill the investment gap left by the High Street banks when it comes to early-stage and growth company funding.
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The awards were judged by a respected panel of advisers and sector commentators and the awards lunch took place on Friday 2 December in London.
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The winners: VCTs
Winner: YFM Equity Partners, British Smaller Companies VCT plcR
Highly commended: Octopus Titan - VCT
Winner: Unicorn AIM VCT
Highly commended: Amati VCT2
Best Limited Life/Planned Exit
Winner: Downing Two Planned Exit VCT
The winners: EIS
Winner: Parkwalk Advisors Opportunities Fund
Highly commended: Sapphire Capital Partners LLP, SEIS and EIS Advance Assurance Advisory & Corporate Finance
Best Single Sector
Winner: Mercia Growth Fund
Best Capital Preservation Strategy
Winner: Guinness EIS
The winners: BPR/IHT Services
Best IHT Portfolio Service
Winner: Foresight Accelerated Inheritance Tax Solution
Highly commended: Downing Estate Planning Service
Best AIM IHT Portfolio Service
Winner: Amati AIM IHT Portfolio Service
Highly commended: Puma AIM Inheritance Tax Service
The winners: further categories
Exit of the Year
Winner: Beringea (ProVen VCT & ProVen Growth & Income VCT)
Highly commended: YFM Equity Partners - VCT Exit - President Engineering Group
Best New Entrant
Highly commended: Kuber Ventures
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