Investments  

Launch Pad: VCTs

The company manages more than £3bn of funds on behalf of more than 50,000 UK investors and aims to provide investors with more access to growth companies.

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The range of Octopus Titan VCTs, launched in the past six years, invest in a portfolio of 38 UK companies across a range of sectors. The current portfolio includes investments in Zoopla Property Group and luxury travel deal website Secret Escapes

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The 38 companies that the Octopus Titan VCTs have invested in employ more than 1100 people, compared with 380 employees at the initial point of investment.

The Octopus Titan VCTs 1 to 4 have paid out a total of more than £20m in dividends to shareholders so far in 2013.

Investors can hold shares in all five Octopus Titan VCTs. The share offer remains open until 2 September 2014, or until the fund-raising capacity is reached.

Adviser verdict:

Duncan Glassey, founder of Edinburgh-based Wealthflow, said: “I have a concern that clients are too often attracted to stand-alone ‘sexy’ products and fail to build a diversified portfolio relevant to their risk profile.”