Since early 2011, the UK government has put in place a series of specific measures targeted at SMEs and business angels. The government’s stated objective is to create a pro-enterprise’ environment to nurture innovation and entrepreneurship. The following documents explore these measures in detail:

Lord Young Report on start-ups (May 2012)
The report seeks to highlight some of the key developments that have helped to promote enterprise in UK and reflect on some of the issues which remain pivotal to UK’s ambition to be the best place to start a business.

£80m start-up loans for new businesses (May 2012)
18-24 year olds to gain access to StartUp loans and expert, personal support to help develop business plans and access training.

New Search Engine to help firms find finance (May 2012)
Small businesses looking to acquire new funds could find the task much easier after the launch of a new free business tool.

University of Cambridge launches new investment scheme for startups (May 2012)
Cambridge is launching a new investment scheme that will help support new companies connected to the University.

James Cowper, Apr 2012
SEIS/EIS: A Different Perspective, A Broader View

TaxAssist Accountants, Mar 2012
Govt. reaches business mentor milestone

EIS and SEIS Relief: a full explanation by law firm Keystone
Tax incentives for investors

Angel Co-fund, Feb 2012
£50m Angel Co-fund launched

Number 10, Feb 2012
Prime Minister meets Business Angels

Smith & Williamson, Feb 2012
Investing in Companies – Tax Incentives

InfoMagazine (by EP Capital), Feb 2012
Finding funds for SMEs

HMRC announcement, Dec 2011
No remittance tax for investments in UK SMEs

Business Zone, Dec 2011
A detailed analysis of what the government did for small businesses in 2011

FT Adviser, Dec 2011
VCTs and EIS: Consultation supports budget statement

FT Adviser, Dec 2011
Enterprise Investment Scheme: Take a closer look

The telegraph, Nov 2011
Autumn Statement 2011: Start-ups boosted by tax reliefs for backers

The Guardian, Nov 2011
George Osborne expected to release £300m to help small businesses

CityWire, Nov 2011
VCT reforms could ‘transform’ sector

InfoMagazine (by EP Capital), May 2011
The race is on towards private sector-led economic growth