What's Included?

  • What are the SEIS and EIS schemes.
  • Which companies qualify.
  • Permanent UK establishment condition.
  • Registering a UK branch.
  • Explanation of the tax benefits.
  • How to get HMRC advance assurance.
  • What does the application process entail.

Everything an entrepreneur needs to know about the SEIS and EIS for foreign companies.


If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or an early stage qualifying company, this guide will be able to help you understand the Advance Assurance process for a foreign company. The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) allows small start-up high risk companies raise equity finance.

Our eBook will save you valuable time and expense in your quest to get your foreign company (non-UK) based company approved by HMRC and more importantly, get you ready to raise finance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I raise SEIS & EIS funds as a non-UK parent company?

A company can only apply for SEIS and EIS as a parent or single company. A company in order to apply for SEIS/EIS must be wholly independent and not controlled by another company. The company applying SEIS/EIS must be able to meet the permanent establishment condition, a subsidary operating in the UK will not meet this condition, the parent company will need to meet the permanent establishment condition.

If my foreign Company receives EIS investment can those funds raised be used by an overseas subsidiary?

Yes, as long as it's a qualifying subsidiary!

EIS money can be filtered down to the parent company's subsidiary so long as it is a 90% owned subidiary and is conducting a qualifying trade.



How long does it take HMRC to approve my application?

HMRC typically takes 45 days to come back regarding an application. However, if HMRC has any questions this can prolong the process, these questions tend to relate to the companies qualifying status. Be sure to include aleast a sentance or two, in your cover letter indicating how the company meets each qualifying condition.

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