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VCT making a sweep of Sooty and other TV stars

Investors have the opportunity to invest in the intellectual property rights of TV characters such as Sooty and university technology developments with the launch of two new venture capital trusts.

Specialist fund manager ProVen Private Equity is hoping to raise £30m to invest in unquoted companies which own publishing, licensing or merchandising rights to characters, copyrights, trademarks and brand names.

Previous ProVen investments include Gullane Entertainment, which owns the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, and Sooty International, owner of the Sooty characters.

A team of academics and investors is also setting up the Venture Technologies Academic Research Partners VCT, which will invest in technology developed by four universities – Bristol, Southampton, University College, London and Imperial College, London.


&#39Banks will rule the life market if polarisation is scrapped&#39

High-street banks will control the distribution of life insurance products if polarisation is scrapped, leaving IFAs out in the cold, says a survey from consultancy Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. The company says the banks will dominate because of their large customer bases and their branch networks in a multi-tied regulatory regime. Smaller IFAs will […]

Flexible friends at Market Harborough

The strength of the remortgage market could mean greater interest in Market Harborough&#39s flexible two-year discount mortgage, which is available for first-time buyers and remortgages up to 90 per cent of valuation.Mortgage lending fell from £10.1 billion in December 2000 to £9.5 billion in January 2001, but the Council for Mortgage Lenders found that remortgaging […]

Wood quits Axa to be new man at Pru

Axa UK group chief executive Mark Wood is quitting to join rival the Prudential. Wood, who will become the Prudential&#39s chief executive of UK and European insurance businesses in June, has headed up Axa for four years. During his tenure he saw through the merger of Sun Life and Provincial Holdings and Axa Equity & […]

Aberdeen Investment Trusts – American Monthly Income Isa

Thursday, 1st March 2001.Type: Investment trust mini or maxi Isa.Aim: Income and growth by investing in large-cap US companies.Minimum investment: Lump sum £1,000, monthly £50.Maximum investment: £7,000.Catmarked: No.Investment split: 100 per cent in large-cap US companies.Types of share: Geared ordinary shares and zero-dividend preference shares.Redemption date: Zero-dividend preference shares March 31, 2008.Charges: Initial 3 per […]

Leading Edge June – Investment panel debate

RLAM’s asset class specialists discuss some of the findings from the panel session at our recent Investment Conference. By Rob Williams, Head of Distribution Welcome to the latest edition of Leading Edge. It has been an eventful six months since the last e-zine. The European Central Bank announced ongoing stimulus measures, while the immigration crisis in Europe threw the […]


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