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Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for support under SEIS/EIS, businesses must meet the requirements to avail of the SEIS/EIS schemes (as set out in the links on the homepage).

These include but are not limited to:
  • Be a Limited Company, registered on the island of Ireland.
  • Have or intend to establish a permanent establishment in the UK (If your business is registered in Ireland).
  • Have been trading (first commercial trade/sale) for less than 7 years.
  • Be conducting a qualifying trade.
  • Be planning to spend the investment on a qualifying trade.

Non-UK companies can avail of the SEIS and EIS schemes if they meet the criteria set out by HMRC to qualify and importantly have a permanent establishment in the UK. A company will need to have a fixed place of business in the UK, through which its business is wholly or partly carried on. In certain circumstances, having an agent in the UK will meet this requirement.

Ineligible Sectors

Your company may not qualify if more than 20% of your trade includes:

  • Coal or steel production
  • Farming or market gardening
  • Leasing activities
  • Legal or financial services
  • Property development
  • Running a hotel
  • Running a nursing home
  • Generation of energy, such as electricity and heat
  • Production of gas or other fuel
  • Exporting electricity
  • Banking, insurance, debt or financing services
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