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Fast growth and high confidence among private companies

Growth to continue
Business profit and turnover have reached their fastest growth rates since 2008, according to the ICAEW/Grant Thornton UK Business Confidence Monitor. Turnover and profit are expected to rise over the next year by around 5.5%, continuing the rate of growth over the past 12 months.
SMEs most confident
Small and medium-sized private companies are the […]

Smaller company investing joins the mainstream

Acclaimed investor Neil Woodford is spreading the word on the attractions of smaller companies for investors. 
Reporting on Woodford’s new fund specialising in early-stage and growing companies, the Times highlighted the lack of information and analysis around private businesses. Filling this gap is the network investing approach pioneered by Rockpool, which offers transparency and in-depth analysis to […]

Mature companies attract crowdfunding

One of the privileges of running a company that tracks the UK’s most exciting firms is that you are able to spot trends really early on. Such is the case within crowdfunding – while the concept is still catching on in the mainstream and increasing numbers of startups respond to its call, we’re already […]

The Telegraph Business Club Meets Rockpool

Have you ever wondered why, as an investor, you don’t enjoy the direct control and full access to information when investing in private companies that you have come to expect in the online world when booking a hotel or buying furniture?

When Rockpool’s founder, Matt Taylor, told the Telegraph Business Club about how his customers […]

Autumn statement helps EIS investors

Boost for the Enterprise Investment Scheme
The Chancellor’s autumn statement helps EIS investors in two ways:

EIS will become much more attractive for entrepreneurs selling their businesses. Someone who gets Entrepreneur’s Relief (10% CGT) and defers the gain into EIS shares will in future benefit from the same 10% rate when selling the EIS. Until now, […]

Rockpool Investors face to face with investee companies

Management teams from nine investee companies and a large number of  investors came together for our latest investor event. Presentations from the investee companies were kept short to allow plenty of time for interaction. Investors made the most of the opportunity to question the management teams about performance and future plans.

We received very positive […]

Airedale doubles in 2 years

The Airedale Group, a Rockpool investment since 2013, has completed a major acquisition, positioning the Group as one of the largest independent service operators in the UK catering equipment industry.

With strong organic growth boosted by the acquisition of South Coast Catering, Airedale has doubled in size in the last 2 years, taking revenues to […]

Rockpool Network helps Chicago Rib Shack return to the high street

Congratulations to Christian and the team at Chicago Rib Shack on opening their fourth restaurant.

Following the successful opening in Leeds Trinity, this new restaurant in Clapham marks a first step out of the shopping mall and into the high street.

Rockpool’s investment team has been diligently testing the menu!

The new restaurant was made possible by […]

Lively debate at Members lunch

We hosted a lunch for Members of  our Network at Zafferano’s Restaurant on 15th July.  A presentaton from the management of one of our investment opportunities, which should qualify for the enterprise investment scheme tax reliefs, was followed by a lively discusssion and question and answer session.

Rockpool hosts regular events for Members to share […]

Pimms and barbecue at Outdoor Retail

Members joined us at Outdoor Retail’s flagship store for a “Meet the Management” session. The weather was kind and we got comfortable on the company’s high quality garden furniture and enjoyed a barbecue in the sun.

CEO Mark Dugdale, Chairman George Adams and founder Gordon Parry were all on hand and there were plenty of […]

Open House lunch brings investors together

On 24th June, Rockpool hosted an open house lunch, providing the perfect opportunity for potential new members and advisers to meet the team and find out more about the Rockpool Network and our direct investment opportunities.

40 investors at our second Investor Reporting Day

On 14th May, we welcomed over 40 investors to our offices to hear updates from the management teams of  our investee companies.  Six companies were present on the day and investors engaged in lively discussion during the sessions. Over an informal lunch, our guests were also able to meet with the management of two […]

An evening reception – all you need to know about EIS in one hour

The EIS Hour is for individuals who pay significant amounts of Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax (CGT). It’s the quickest way to learn about the benefits and pitfalls of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), now probably the most significant HMRC-approved route to tax-efficient savings.

Date: 12th March 2014

Programme 5.30 – 7pm, presentation at 5.45

Venue: […]

Telegraph quotes Rockpool on women and investing

We highlighted the increase in high earning women, suggesting that they should consider being more risk averse and enterprising with their savings.

A disproportionately small number of women are using tax efficient schemes such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme, which offers generous reliefs on income and capital gains tax for qualifying investments in small businesses.


Heavy demand for Rockpool’s second crematorium investment

The £2.8 million investment in Amber Valley Memorial was over-subscribed within hours of becoming available  to Rockpool Network Members. Investors were attracted by the predictable cashflows typically generated by crematoriums and the asset backing of freehold property, in combination with tax reliefs under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

To find out how to become a Member […]

Rockpool at the Alternative Investment Summit 27th November 2013

Our Managing Partner, Matt Taylor, joined an expert panel at the Alternative Investment Summit at the Barbican, London on 27th November 2013. Investing under the Enterprise Investment Scheme was a key topic.

First investee reporting day – 2nd October 2013

On Wednesday 2nd October, we hosted our first investee reporting day, designed to deliver on our promise of transparency and opportunities for engagement, two pillars of Network Investing.

Over 40 investors and a number of Independent Financial Advisors attended this all-day event, participating in a lively dialogue with the CEOs of Rockpool’s seven existing investee […]

Eversheds host exclusive evening event in Leeds on 24th June

Many thanks to Eversheds for hosting our first event in Leeds and bringing together a lively group of clients to talk about private company investing and the Rockpool Network.

If you would like any further information about this or any of our forthcoming events, then please contact us on 0207 015 2150 or on

Real Deals – In-depth Airedale Piece and Q&A with Matt Taylor

In March 2013, Real Deals published two high-profile pieces about us – a Q&A with our Managing Partner, Matt Taylor, and an in-depth look at our £3m investment in the MBO of the Airedale Group.

EIS & Angel Investing – Adviser Showcase (9 May 2013)

In May 2013, we sponsored the EIS & Angel Investing – Advisor Showcase, an educational event for financial advisers and investors. Improvements to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) in 2012 and the increasing limitations on pensions and other routes to tax-efficient savings contributed to strong interest from financial advisers.