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Budget shows a sense of venture

Venture capital received a surprise boost when the Chancellor announced he would be raising capital gains tax reinvestment relief by 50 per cent to £150,000 a year. The benefits apply to Enterprise Investment Schemes not VCTs.

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Schroder Peps aim to make decisions simpler

After a disappointing 1997/98 Pep season, Schroder is launching three new Peps for the current tax year designed to simplify the decision-making choice for investors. The three Peps include a higher-risk package with exposure to smaller companies and non-UK markets, a lower-risk package which is UK-based and a package designed to provide income and growth. […]

£20m mortgage book for West Bromwich

West Bromwich Building Society has bought a £20m residential mortgage book from First Mortgage Group, bringing its group assets to over £2bn. The portfolio was acquired by subsidiary West Bromwich Mortgage Company. The move follows a £90m purchase of the Century Life mortgage book last November.

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