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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. Government supported investments that 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

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 an investment in a VCT, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise. You may not get back the full amount you invest.
  • Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and may change in the future.
  • Tax reliefs depend on the VCT maintaining its VCT-qualifying status.
  • VCT shares could fall or rise in value more than other shares listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They may also be harder to sell.


VCTs explained

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

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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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Octopus Titan VCT

The UK’s largest VCT invests in a portfolio of around 67 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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Contact our team

Got a question about VCTs? We don’t offer financial or tax advice, but please email or call us on 0800 316 2295, we’re always happy to hear from you.

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VCTs are not suitable for everyone and it’s important that you fully understand the risks involved. We do not offer investment, tax or legal advice, and we always recommend you talk to a financial adviser, and read the relevant brochure, before making investment decisions.

This advertisement is not a prospectus and you should only subscribe for shares on the basis of information contained in the relevant prospectus and Key Information Document (KID). You can read our VCT prospectuses and KID on the relevant product pages on this website.

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