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Maven Capital Partners – Maven income & Growth VCT, VCT 2, 3 & 4 Joint Offer

Maven Capital Partners – Maven income & Growth VCT, VCT 2, 3 & 4 Joint Offer

Type: Venture capital trusts

Aim: Growth and income by investing in unquoted UK companies

Minimum investment: Lump sum £5,000

Closing date: April 5, 2010 for 2009/10 tax year, April 30, 20101 for 2010/11 tax year

Charges: Initial 5%,

Commission: Initial 3%, renewal 0.25% for three years

Tel: 0141 306 7400

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