Our Head of Tax Enhanced Services, Dr Brian Moretta, received Highly Commended at the EISA Awards this month for the category ‘Best Journalist or Advocate’ for Hardman & Co’s EIS Navigator Podcast.
The podcast is for those interested in the UK venture capital industry, particularly the areas that are supported by government schemes. These include the Enterprise Investment Scheme, EIS, Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, or SEIS, and Venture Capital Trusts. This means we are looking at small, growth companies – often at the start-up stage.
Brian interviews leading people in the industry, whether fund managers, company founders or experts from other service providers. The aim is to dig deeply into topics, getting away from the promotional material that predominates elsewhere. Venture capital investing is a long-term endeavour and we focus on topics that are relevant at any time.
Brian is an actuary turned fund manager, who then moved into equity research, and has examined many EIS funds, VCTs and companies. He also has some academic chops, being an Honorary Fellow at Heriot-Watt University where he does some occasional teaching. He has always had a strong interest in getting underneath companies and understanding how they really work, and he finds this space fascinating. Some of this is because transparency is hard, some because the industry is not well understood. The EIS Navigator podcast is an attempt to get beyond the superficial and shine a bit more light on what is going on.