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Boyd Carson

Boyd Carson

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Boyd assists companies obtain HMRC advance assurance for Seed EIS ,EIS and VCT, write investor documents and help them raise finance. He also acts as an investment manager on a number of investment funds.

Boyd specialises in SEIS, EIS and VCT investments, including HMRC advance assurance applications and drafting investor documents. Boyd also helps companies raise finance, invests in selected companies and acts as a director of numerous companies which have raised money via EIS and VCT. Boyd has authored several eBooks, such as The Sapphire Guide to SEIS and a guide to The Sapphire Guide to REITs.

Boyd has over thirty years' experience in the financial services industry and has overseen the development of Sapphire Capital to become a multi-award winning investment firm with a diversified client base. Prior to Sapphire, Boyd was in New York for ten years as a Director of PricewaterhouseCoopers corporate finance, advising clients such as Apollo Management LP, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. He has experience in a wide range of investment funds and also advises on general corporate and commercial matters, including fund raising and secured lending.

Boyd is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to conduct investment business. He acts as an investment manager for a number of SEIS & EIS funds and is the honourary treasurer and trustee of a leading cancer charity. Other directorships include Sapphire Energy Limited, Sapphire Building Services Limited and Larimin Limited. Boyd is also an active participant in the EISA Membership and Events Committee and was the 2015 winner of the EISA Rising Star award. Boyd is currently completing a Master's in Finance at Harvard University.

Boyd's mobile number is: 07 917 767 362 and email is 

Recent testimonial of Boyd's work:

"Boyd Carson achieved EIS clearance for the company on which we work together, in a complex assurance process requiring multiple responses to HMRC. He has continued to act as a director of that company and has been highly responsive and diligent. The company has gone on to raise £3.2m of EIS funds to date, and EIS 3 certificates have been issued by HMRC following the successful submission of EIS1's."

Rupert West, Investment Manager, Puma Investments, Bond Street House, London.

Vasiliki Carson

Vasiliki Carson

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Vasiliki assists clients with business plans, financial structuring and HMRC advance assurance for SEIS, EIS and VCT. She also specialises in HMRC advance assurance for R&D Tax Credits.
Vasiliki specialises in HMRC advance assurance applications for Seed EIS, EIS and VCT. She has successfully completed the EISA Organisation's EIS Diploma program and is a Diploma Affiliate.  Vasiliki also assists clients with R&D Tax Credits, writing business plans and preparing financial projections. She has authored several eBooks, such as a The Sapphire Guide to R&D Tax Credits, Business Plans and UK Patent Box.

Prior to Sapphire, Vasiliki worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo and was a Manager of PwC corporate finance. She has a wide range of experience in investment funds, both in the UK and US.

Vasiliki is a New York Certified Public Accountant and attended New York University's Stern School of Business.  Vasiliki is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to conduct investment business and has obtained the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). Vasiliki has completed the EISA organisation's EIS Diploma, thus becoming a Diploma Affiliate. Vasiliki was the 2016 winner of the EISA Rising Star award.

Vasiliki's mobile number is: 07 590 043 699 and email is

Recent testimonial of Vasiliki's work:

“Vasiliki's patience in compiling our funding document was truly amazing. She is smart, thoughtful and constructive in her work. She tirelessly spoke to us at any time of the day and was fast at turning around the document. I would recommend Sapphire to anyone looking to take a funding document to market.”

Clive Morris, Director, Client Machine Limited.



Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell

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Michael specialises in crowdfunding and assisting clients launch successful crowdfunding campaigns.

Michael has extensive knowledge and experience in crowdfunding.

In 2006 he was a founding shareholder of a web based property crowdfunding platform and was recently actively involved in the UK Crowd Funding Association response to the FCA public consultation process.

Michael is the author of the eBook The Sapphire Guide to Crowdfunding and currently works with Sapphire and their crowdfunding technology partner Crowd Valley (part of the Grow VC Group) to advise clients on how to structure their crowdfunding platforms and related businesses.

Michael's mobile number is 07 977 115 029 and email is 

Johnathan Graham
Johnathan Graham Sapphire Capital Partners LLP

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Johnathan is responsible for SEIS and EIS applications, business plans, information memorandums, R&D tax credits and sales operations. 

Johnathan is interested in helping startup companies obtain investment and grow, developing business plans and information memorandums. He specialises in the EIS/SEIS/VCT advance assurance application process and has a particular interest in assisting foreign companies apply for the schemes. He comes from a background in digital marketing, professional sales management and business structuring. His passion for assisting startups comes from owning two of his own; one in promotions and the other in hospitality. Johnathan has written marketing and business plans for various startup companies and assisted in the early stages of operations. 

Johnathan graduated with a BSc First Class Honours in Marketing from Ulster University and holds qualifications in professional selling, management and various online analytical tools. 

He has also successfully completed the EISA Organisation's EIS diploma. 

Johnathan's mobile is 07 833 085 164 and email is  

Connect with Johnathan on LinkedIn johnathangraham


Recent testimonial of Johnathan's work:

"Johnathan of Sapphire was excellent in guiding us through the entire process. Although our holding company is based in the Republic of Ireland, Cork, Johnathan made what is a complex process of applying for EIS advance assurance for a non-UK based company straightforward. I genuinely, could not recommend them enough."

Tony Duggan, Director/Founder Crossflow Payment Solutions Trading Limited, Ireland, Cork.

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Blue is responsible for debt collection and general office harmony. 

Blue is interested in helping anyone who is a late payer part with their money and keeping us all on an even keel around the office. Blue belongs to Johnathan and is spoilt rotten. 

Violet Spence

Violet specialises in SITR, SEIS and EIS.

Violet specialises in Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), SEIS and EIS. She has successfully completed the EISA Organisation's EIS diploma and is a Diploma Affiliate. 

Violet has extensive experience in the world of banking and finance, having previously worked for Danske Bank for 15 years specialising in finance, compliance and audit functions. Prior to Danske Bank Violet worked for the Civil Service, setting up integrated accounting systems. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Violet is the author of the eBook The Sapphire Guide to SITR  and she has a keen interest in the social enterprise sector, devoting time to leading charities such as Cancer Focus and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Violet's mobile is 07 767 647 676 and email is 

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