Event details




Friday 26 February 2021

10:00am GMT

1 hour

The award-winning GrowthInvest Adviser Hour drives education and understanding of tax-efficient and alternative investments, with discussions on the opportunities and challenges that advisers face. First launched in early 2018, and now into its eighth series, the Adviser Hour has transformed the online and educational landscape for financial advisers looking for the latest information and insights on tax efficient and alternative investments.

The Tax Year End Special brings together an expert industry panel of both product providers across VCT and EIS products and experienced financial advisers to discuss and explore the key considerations in what has traditionally been the busiest and most important quarter of the year for tax efficient flows.

The panel will discuss key topics, opportunities, and challenges for advisers:

  • Diversification across sectors and managers
  • Deployment timescales
  • Availability and capacity in the VCT market
  • The possible impact of the March 2021 budget and changes to Capital Gains tax
  • What advisers new to tax efficient investing should look for
  • The key opportunities presented by the extraordinary events of the last year. What impact on client’s existing portfolios

Alongside long-standing topics such as:

  • Fee Transparency
  • Diversification & Risk
  • Carry Back

Hosted by Lawrence Gosling, Episode 1 of the Winter Series features a star line-up of both old and new leading industry figures and commentators featuring guests from Haatch, Worth Capital, Station 12, Clear Solutions and Blackfinch Group.

Tune in at 10am on Friday 26th February for this special show, and find out the latest on key industry trends, opportunities and challenges, and what it looks like to be an adviser at the forefront of tax efficient investments in 2021.


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Lawrence Gosling

Editorial Director of Bonhill Group (Host)

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Lawrence Gosling is the host of the GrowthInvest Adviser Hour and the Editorial Director of Bonhill Group. He was previously the Group Editorial Director of Incisive Media and the founding editor of Investment Week.

Lawrence was also the launch editor of IFAonline, Mortgage Solutions, Cover and Bloomberg Money magazines, and one of the original judges for the Gold Standards. In 1994 he worked at Reuters, and prior to that he spent five years with Financial Times magazines, notably on Financial Adviser.

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Gordon Pugh

Executive Business Development Manager
Blackfinch Group

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Gordon joined Blackfinch in 2015. He started his career in 2001 as an analyst on the EIS team at Close Brothers. He moved to Octopus in 2005, distributing tax-efficient products. In 2008 he helped launch Stellar AM, involved with forestry, hotels, farming, and EIS funds and trading companies for IHT. He has also been involved with media sector investments since 1998, including films for UK television. Gordon holds the IMC, completed the first stage of the CFA and is a serial EIS investor.

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Patrick Bradley

Managing Director
Station 12

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Patrick has 30 years Sports, Entertainment and Knowledge experience and was previously a founder and CEO of a venture capital arm of a specialist media investor. Patrick previously held operating roles at PolyGram and Universal Studios. He has successfully made investments in all sectors of media including TV, music, live events, gaming, and marketing services.

He is a Trustee of IntoFilm, a film education charity, a Governor of the University for the Creative Arts and formerly a trustee of the National Army Museum.

He is an advisor to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a member of the Royal Television Society.

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Matthew Cushen

Worth Capital

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Angel investor with 15 years’ experience of investing in start-ups.

Founding Partner of Worth Capital who find, fund & help grow the brightest entrepreneurs with the smartest ideas through the Start-Up Series - the UK’s largest seed funding competition.

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Scott Weaver-Wrights

Haatch Ventures

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Scott is best-known for founding one of Britain’s largest e-commerce businesses Kiddicare.com which was subsequently acquired in cash for £70m, by Morrisons, one of the UK’s largest supermarkets.

Reaching 6th on the Retail-Week Power List, Scott is regarded by many as one of the UK’s most innovative business professionals in retail.

After the Kiddicare acquisition, Scott became Managing Director and Chief Architect for Morrisons.com and has a wealth of experience in building and scaling large e-commerce businesses across the UK, most notably Kiddicare.com.

Founding Haatch, Scott has invested in, and developed businesses in the areas of ad tech, B2B SaaS (software as a service) and retail tech within the FMCG market including Elevaate, founded in 2014, enabling supplier monetisation programs across retailer websites.

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Stephen Jones

Chartered Financial Planner & Managing Director
Clear Solutions

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Stephen Jones FPFS Chartered Financial Planner and Certified Financial Planner joined financial services in1990 and founded Clear Solutions Wealth and Tax Management Ltd in 2005.

He sits on both the technical and marketing committees of the Enterprise Investment Schemes Association and became the first financial adviser to be appointed to it’s Main Board in 2019.

Both he and the firm have won numerous awards over the years including Growth Investor Awards Financial Planner of the Year (twice) and EISA Financial Planner of the Year.

He has previously featured regularly on BBC Radio and on national television as an expert financial planning specialist, and writes a monthly column for ‘What Investment’ magazine.

He continues to be a staunch advocate of tax planning for clients and has actively advised on EIS/VCT and BR solutions since they were permitted.


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