New Businesses: Investment

(asked on 26th January 2024) - View Source

Question to the HM Treasury:

To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which changes to the definition of "high net worth individual” investors is likely to impact minority group and female angel investors in business start-ups and early-stage businesses, and what assessment they have made of the consequential impact for diversity and access to funding.

Answered by
Baroness Vere of Norbiton Portrait
Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Secretary (HM Treasury)
This question was answered on 8th February 2024

The changes to the financial promotion exemptions that came into force on 31 January 2024 were subject to a public consultation which closed in March 2022. Impacts of the proposals were considered, and a consultation response and de minimis impact assessment were published alongside the final reforms. The changes made aimed to both reduce the risk of consumer detriment and preserve the ability of SMEs to raise finance under the exemptions.

However, the Government recognises the significant concerns that have been raised recently about these changes. The Economic Secretary met last week with the angel investing sector and listened carefully to the representations made, and the Government is working closely with the sector to address the concerns raised.

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