Unleashing the power of patriots
04.09.2012 - The Bioindustry Association suggests to create a fund that allows Britons to invest in innovative small companies in their home region.
When an idea from France is worth considering in the UK it has to be indeed ground-breaking. London-based Bioindustry Association (BIA) published on 3 September a new report that proposes the creation of a so-called „Citizen’s Innovation Fund“ (CIF). The concept is based on the French „Fonds Communs de Placements dans l’Innovation“ (FCPI) that has raised over €6bn since 1997. The basic idea is to fuel funding of small companies by offering investors tax advantages that, according to BIA Chief Executive Officer Steve Bates, „would allow members of the public to put up to £15,000 a year into a fund for dragons’ den-style experts to invest in innovative companies – with a tax break if they keep their money invested for five years.“ By investing in local enterprises, the CIFs would improve the British public’s engagement in the economic development of their homeland.
The BIA estimates that £300m a year could be unlocked. The money would allow the companies to grow faster and pay taxes sooner than otherwise possible. The government’s expenditures would be levelled within three years and as a side effect over 1,500 new jobs could be created.