ESM Investments


Welcome to ESM Investments, we invest in early-growth stage technology companies. We are located in Stirling, Scotland. Interested in becoming a member?

 01786 357598

Credible
Partner

We offer members opportunities to invest alongside an experienced investment team with a strong track record of investing, supporting growth and realising returns.

Rigorous
Standards

As part of our commitment to our members, we implement and maintain investment standards promoting consistency in approach and encouraging feedback loops for learning.

Our
Events

We are committed to hosting ESM Member events every quarter - giving members the opportunity to hear first-hand from our leadership team, hear from new investment opportunities and existing portfolio companies.

The
Management

Our team has strong entrepreneurial networks in both the national and international tech community.

A Time of Opportunity


Investing in early stage technology stocks is rewarding. Believe us. ESM invests directly into early stage technology companies and has done for the past 7 years. ESM was formed by a group of successful technology entrepreneurs in 2011 to provide early stage capital to best in class early-growth stage technology companies throughout Scotland and the North of England.

In recent times, we have seen that a number of tech hubs have emerged and are gathering real momentum both in Scotland and in the North of England. These tech hubs are home to an ever-increasing number of early-growth stage technology companies seeking investment to grow their businesses beyond ideas to world class and sustainable businesses. ESM is ideally located to play its part in providing opportunity for investment and in ensuring that investors are given every opportunity to invest in high quality curated investment propositions.

ESM has >£9 million invested across 10 different businesses to date and currently maintains a membership of >80 high net worth individuals, many of whom have been alongside us from day one. Some 35+ investment transactions have been completed in this timeframe. The ESM team has a strong track record of investing, supporting growth, identifying when the best stage is to exit and realising returns.

We invest our own capital in every business we support.

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ESM Investments - growing the future together


We are delighted to extend the opportunity for high net worth individuals to co-invest alongside us. These investments are not for everyone and should be only considered as part of your overall investment strategy. By co-investing alongside ESM Investments you will however qualify for some valuable tax advantages through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), subject to an annual limit of £2 million. These include up to 30% of your income tax bill and the ability to defer any capital gains you make. The EIS scheme is designed to encourage investment in small, higher risk firms in need of expansion capital.

Our Approach


Our entire investment focus is on early-growth stage technology companies that can demonstrate a validated customer base. These are relatively small businesses that have invariably identified a gap for a new product or service and need capital to scale their business. Our existing portfolio of investees are formed of them and typically we will look to hold an investment in each company for a period of between 5 to 7 years before exiting.

Not every start-up project can succeed. We seek to identify the successes of the future and a fundamental part of our selection and on-going investment management processes is in the maintenance of ESM Standards. These standards have been crafted from our own experience as former founders of tech businesses. They help us to take a balanced and consistent view of the needs of our portfolio and, importantly, help to provide a clear and attractive proposition to be of interest to future external investors and potential acquirers.

Our involvement does not stop at the point of investment. Within ESM Investments we have decades of entrepreneurial excellence to draw on and give all of our investee management teams daily access to that expertise. We also regularly review each business monthly and provide updates to our investors.

Our Investor Events


ESM Investments is committed to hosting an ESM Member Event every quarter. As well as providing the opportunity for you to hear first-hand from the leadership team of ESM Investments and the management of our investee companies, the events are stimulating and often highlight timely and valuable further investment opportunities for you. They are all free to attend and you will be informed about location, time and participants well in advance.

The format is simple. Presentations are made by up to three different and new investment opportunities and a presentation is usually made from at least one of ESM’s existing portfolio company’s about their developments to date and future strategies. This is followed by thoughts from the ESM Leadership team to start off an in-depth discussion amongst all ESM members. The opportunity to network with everyone at each investor event is there beforehand and afterwards.

Our current portfolio

The ESM Advisory Group

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ESM Capital Growth Fund

ESM Investments’ sister company, ESM Capital is in the final stages of launching a capital growth fund (CFG1). The CFG1 will be a £30m institutional fund investing in technology-based and technology-enabled scale-up companies located in Scotland and the North of England. The fund is now open to institutional investors.

View the ESM Capital website

ESM Investments - growing the future together

If you are considering a tax qualifying investment and you would like to discuss how to get started or you are an early-growth stage technology business that would like to discuss potentially receiving investment from ESM Investments, please contact us.

Interested?

Let's talk...

In the first instance, please contact us:

[email protected]

Office Address:11 Gladstone Place, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 2NN