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The ideas and conclusions in this blog are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oxford Capital Partners. They are for general interest only and should not be taken as investment advice or as an invitation to purchase or sell any investment.

Later Life Financial Planning; Driving Engagement is Key

  • Wealth Managers & Advisers
  • Lisa Best

We all know that thinking about our old age is no fun and talking about our death is even less appealing. But, the longer it’s left, the more disadvantageous it can be – and not just for the individuals concerned. Certainly, when it comes to p...

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British Business Bank Small Business Equity Tracker Report

  • Private Clients , Wealth Managers & Advisers
  • Lisa Best

The British Business Bank (BBB) recently published the latest of its annual Small Business Equity Tracker Report. CEO Keith Morgan again reiterated what we already know; “Often, outside equity investors can bring expertise and guidance as well as f...

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Managing Risk in EIS – Examining the Baby and the Bathwater

  • Private Clients
  • Oxford Capital

In the FCA’s view, EIS investing has always been high risk. But, the reality is that many offerings have focused on the investor tax benefits much more than the companies EIS was originally designed to assist.  The government has decided this was ...

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British Business Bank report lauds angel investors

  • Private Clients
  • Lisa Best

In June 2018, the British Business Bank (BBB), along with the UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) published The UK Business Angel Market report.  In it, Keith Morgan, CEO of the BBB states, “angel investors play a vital role in the economy, brin...

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Keeping a door open for entrepreneurs

  • Ventures
  • Lisa Best

How do we address concerns about the closing of Britain’s doors post-Brexit to the wealth of overseas entrepreneurial talent? Not all of those with a great idea and the drive to move it forward have the university degree required for a conventio...

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When we went to see Who was Who at the Zoo

  • Private Clients
  • Richard Roberts

Last week saw Crowdfinders and the EISA host the ‘Who’s Who at the Zoo’ event at London Zoo. A variety of speakers, myself included, fed a hungry audience of investors and potential investee companies, some valuable and tasty morsels on the Sta...

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Opportunities in Technology SMEs Continue to Grow

  • Private Clients
  • Lisa Best

The UK private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) markets are alive and strong, according to speakers at this week’s Who’s Who at the Zoo event at London Zoo. The event saw investors, investment providers and potential investee companies in the...

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The benefits of building

  • Residential Development Bond
  • Oxford Capital

The benefits of building aren't just for the potential homeowners. Building more homes in the UK is an urgent priority for pressing social and economic reasons; the supply and demand mismatch has been a significant contributor to soaring house price...

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What will the future bring for Media?

  • Media
  • Harry Hamer

Humans have an insatiable desire to entertain themselves. Variety and stimulation literally lead to neurogenesis (brain-cell growth), whilst a joint study by Harvard University and the University of Virginia found that students prefer to experience p...

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Networking to success

  • Wealth Managers & Advisers
  • David Mott

Networking is a learned skill that can help you develop your career. Getting better at it will help you expand your network, find opportunities, learn more about your market and make new friends. A refreshing moment in my career: I was sitting in fr...

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Look deeper into Orange Eyes

  • Media , Private Clients
  • Clarissa McKay

Here at Oxford Capital, we are offering the exciting and exclusive opportunity for CIC Investors to invest up to nearly £1m into Orange Eyes: the production company behind the animated adaptations of the Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Revolting Rhy...

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Investee success and involvement beyond the headlines

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Lisa Best

You might not immediately equate luxury car brand Maserati with entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, but the century old company is the result of creative thinking and successful execution. The founding Maserati brothers were hard-working innovator...

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Outplay: A real grower

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Lisa Best

Outplay, the UK’s largest independent mobile developer and Oxford Capital investee company, list of accolades is almost as impressive as its growth rate. So, it’s fitting that it has just been named in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies ...

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Pension tension - Lifetime Allowance and Business Relief

  • Private Clients , Wealth Managers & Advisers
  • Lisa Best

In 2011/12, the lifetime allowance (LTA) for pension contributions stood at £1.8 million. This is the maximum amount an individual can have in their pension without facing a tax penalty. It now stands at £1,030,000. Since pensions are the tradit...

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Why we invested in Wrisk

  • Ventures
  • Will Orde

We’ve recently announced our newest investment, Wrisk, a great insurtech startup we backed this summer, leading a £3.0m super seed round. I’m super excited that we’ve had the opportunity to back the Wrisk founders Niall & Darius as they se...

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Planting seeds with Hometree

  • Ventures
  • Miles Kirby

A boiler installation company might not sound like an obvious target for venture capital investment. But we believe Hometree is well-positioned to exploit the way the energy market is changing. There are big changes ahead for the UK energy markets...

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On the money: Our investment in Curve

  • Ventures
  • Nadim Lahoud

We are very excited to announce our participation in Curve’s Series A round. Curve is building a money hub that uses an all-cards-in-one Curve MasterCard to enable users to spend from all their accounts, and a mobile app to manage their money in on...

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Independent film finance - a beginner's guide

  • Media
  • Oxford Capital

There are various ways for people to invest in independent film, ranging from direct investment into single film productions to investments into companies that are more broadly connected with financing the production of multiple films. But for th...

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2017 - Looking into the tech crystal ball

  • Ventures
  • Claire Maynard

Along with Christmas jumpers and tinsel, December also brings with it an inbox influx of industry predictions for the coming year. We have sifted through some of the best and come up with our favourite predictions for 2017. TakeawAI This year wil...

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Why we invested in Red Sift

  • Ventures
  • Nadim Lahoud

We produce huge amounts of data — not just in aggregate on networks synonymous with big data like Google or Facebook — but as siloed users as well. Just have a look at your inbox: Hundreds of messages a day, sent and received, deliverable...

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Inheritance Tax planning – the basics

  • Wealth Managers & Advisers
  • Simon Ruthers

With big increases in the number of families expected to be hit by Inheritance Tax bills, it is more important than ever to understand the options available to investors when planning their estates. This blog is aimed at qualified financial advise...

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The Next Generation of Transportation

  • Ventures
  • Miles Kirby

At the end of May, I spent two days at the Connected Car Forum in Monaco. Arranged by Cassandra Harris and her team at VentureSpring, the conference attracted some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts from companies including McLaren Applie...

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Thank you from Laughton Community Primary School

  • Infrastructure
  • Claire Maynard

The children at Laughton Community Primary School in East Sussex have sent us a wonderful thank you card, pictured below. Solar panels were installed on the roof of the school as part of the community contribution made by one of our investee companie...

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The perfect investment completion?

  • Ventures
  • Rachel Guest

Before a Venture Capital investment completes, both sides of the transaction have to get through a lot paperwork. Rachel Guest explains how the right approach can make for a smooth completion process. There is no such thing as a perfect completion...

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Four reasons we like property tech

  • Ventures
  • Meriwether Beckwith

At Oxford Capital, we are a UK-focused early stage investor. We like to focus on the UK because we are a relatively small team of 8, but also because we believe in the UK's potential as an ecosystem for nurturing and building great tech businesses. ...

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Building a portfolio: high potential and early growth

  • Ventures
  • Tom Bradley

At Oxford Capital, we talk about making two types of investment: High Potential and Early Growth. In each of these areas there are common characteristics that we seek – obvious examples would be the strength of the team, the quality of the produ...

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Building an Anaerobic Digestion plant

  • Infrastructure
  • Oxford Capital

Last month, one of our new Anaerobic Digestion plants produced electricity for the first time. Based in Argoed, mid-Wales, the process of commissioning and building the plant began in June 2015. Investment Manager Jevon Carding looks back at the deve...

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Making sense of gaming metrics: 3 key points

  • Ventures
  • Meriwether Beckwith

Hot on the heels of Boris Johnson’s in-minecraft launch of London’s own gaming fund, it’s a great time to be a player in the UK gaming industry. At Oxford Capital, we’ve made 2 gaming investments (Outplay and Kobojo) and continue to be excite...

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Import.io: Investing in the future of data

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

In January 2016 Oxford Capital announced its investment in Import.io. This company has created a software platform (SaaS, or Software as a Service) that can collate vast quantities of unstructured data from across the internet, and turn it into datas...

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Slush 2015 - Never a better time to be a European entrepreneur

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

On the strength of this year's Slush conference, one of Europe's biggest tech investment events, it's clearly an exciting time for European entrepreneurs to be raising money. Welcome the dark. Embrace the cold. So implored the organisers of Slush....

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Dublin web summit shows a startup scene in rude health

  • Ventures
  • Will Orde

Web Summit is one of Europe's biggest gatherings of startup internet businesses and investors interested in backing them. Will Orde from Oxford Capital spent three days at the summit and couldn't help being struck by the vibrancy of the early stage s...

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8 signs your business is exit ready

  • Private Clients
  • Robin Lincoln

Almost as soon as a business secures investment, all eyes turn to getting ready for an exit - even if it’s not expected to happen in the immediate future. Portfolio Director Robin Lincoln explains some of the most important things for a business to...

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Capturing the Value within Distributed Energy Storage

  • Institutions
  • Oxford Capital

The use of energy storage has the ability to improve both power quality and power costs. We argue that locating storage close to end users, in the form of Distributed Energy storage, offers the greatest benefit to both investors and consumers. The i...

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Energy Demand Management – The next big opportunity

  • Institutions
  • Oxford Capital

Energy Demand Management – The next big opportunity The rise of Distributed Energy (DE) is acknowledged as an ongoing shift in the way energy is generated, transmitted and consumed. As a result global utility companies and investors alike are mo...

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Distributed Energy Addresses Shortfall in Safe Assets

  • Institutions
  • Oxford Capital

As bonds face mounting interest rate risks and investors look further afield for safe assets, the case for investments in Distributed Energy backed by real assets with index-linked contractual income is building. We look at this trend and the opportu...

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Digital Media. Continued relevance for investors?

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

The Venture Capital industry's interest in digital media has cooled off recently. But there are still good reasons to be interested in the sector. Digital media, encompassing advertising and marketing technologies ('adtech' and 'martech'), has lon...

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How distributed energy can help address the UK's power 'trilemma'

  • Infrastructure , Institutions
  • Ed Reekie

Distributed energy offers the potential for high investor returns whilst addressing the energy 'trilemma' of security, sustainability, and affordability. Historically, the cost of generating power in the UK has been higher than the cost of transport...

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Mobile gaming. Under-invested. Under-valued?

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

The proliferation of mobile phone usage and the move to 'freemium' gaming business models has created opportunities for tech investors. As many market commentators have observed, we are in the latest wave of a computing revolution that really star...

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State of the tech market - two sides of the same coin

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • David Mott

Are we in a new tech bubble, or are things different this time? Is the US tech sector signalling the peak of the market and the coming of the next crash? Has the $50bn valuation of Uber caused the first reverberations that will hit the US tech mar...

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The “Sub-mega” Infrastructure Investment Opportunity

  • Infrastructure , Institutions
  • Ed Reekie

As featured in Portfolio Institutional – Friday View article on 12 June 2015 The attractions of infrastructure investments to institutional investors are well understood and well documented. They offer long term income streams, generate cash cou...

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European unicorns - more common than you might think...

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • David Mott

A new report shows that Europe has produced 40 $1bn companies since 2000, nearly half of which were British businesses. The chances are that you have actually seen several unicorns. In fact, you probably encounter them on a daily basis. When Ailee...

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Who needs pinhole cameras?

  • Infrastructure
  • Barney Rhys Jones

Unfazed by cloud cover in Oxford, our Infrastructure team took in last week's eclipse by observing the impact on our portfolio of solar panels. Given the level of cloud cover disrupting the view of this celestial event from our Oxford headquarters...

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Crystal Ball 2015 - tech predictions for the year ahead

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

Each January, technology journalists and industry commentators are keen to share their predictions for the year ahead. What will be the big tech trends and developments in 2015? Here is our round-up of the best of the pundits’ guesses. 1. Smart ...

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Rise of the wearables?

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Orde

The tumbling cost of hardware development and manufacture is helping start-ups enter the wearable technology market in droves, and rapid growth is expected. But there are still other technological limitations for the wearables sector to overcome. ...

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European VC is alive and well

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

The general perception of the European VC landscape is often held to be that of a distant poor relation to the freneticism, ambition and volume of the US West Coast. Fig 1. The Finnish PM takes the stage at Slush 2014 for the first day opening a...

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Will you love your Apple Watch, or keep it in a drawer?

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

The noise surrounding ‘wearable technology’ has built to a crescendo with the announcement of the Apple Watch, due to hit the shelves in early 2015. But will this be the moment that wearable technology finally hits the mainstream, or will most co...

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Ready, set, wait...

  • Ventures
  • David Mott

A friend in a large PE house recently told me they listed one of their portfolio companies, "in just six weeks". Such boasts are frequent in the private equity world when stock markets are buoyant. But the claim hides the huge amount of hard work nee...

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A new dawn for video advertising?

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

MirriAd has announced a partnership with VEVO, an online music video channel that accounts for half of YouTube’s traffic. The deal represents the first step in a potential quantum leap for online digital advertising. Last year Google invested a ...

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Tapes make a comeback

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

Why Big Data is increasing demand for an ageing technology. We’ve blogged before about Big Data and the Cloud, and it is well known that both markets are growing at an astonishing rate. The darlings of the sectors tend to be the software deve...

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Budget 2014 - how it affects EIS investments

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

How will changes introduced in this year's Budget affect investments like the Oxford Capital Infrastructure EIS? IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS BLOG POST: The Finance Bill 2014 came into force on 17th July 2014. The Oxford Capital Infrastructure EIS no ...

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Top 6 predictions for 2014

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

As ever at this time of year, many journalists, industry commentators and other pundits have been busily writing their predictions for the year ahead. Here are six predictions that caught our eye. Impact investing grows up. Impact investing (inve...

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The future of venture capital in Europe?

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

This year’s Slush conference, held in Helsinki, brought some of Europe’s most promising start-ups together with technology giants including Spotify, Alibaba and Rovio. Oxford Capital attended the event, which highlighted the opportunities and ...

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The growth potential for Cloud Computing

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

Following our investment in Abiquo, a Cloud management software developer, this month we examine the continued growth and investment potential of the Cloud industry. The Cloud Computing market includes many innovative, fast-growing businesses, eac...

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