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Tell us about your company structure and goals, so we can help you explore:
- The best scheme type/s for your needs
- How to protect existing shareholders
- The kinds of conditions you can set
- Costs and tax efficiency
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Truly digital equity management
Vestd is the first and most advanced equity platform in the UK, with about twice as many features as the next best provider in the market.
✓ Full, two-way Companies House integration
✓ A real-time, 100% accurate digital cap table
✓ Guided setup and ongoing support
INTUITIVE & POWERFUL TOOLS
Design, launch and manage flexible share schemes
Give key people 'conditional equity', where recipients are rewarded in line with their actual contribution. Customisable agreements and shareholder docs are included, plus regular company valuations from our in-house team. You won’t need to pay an accountant or lawyer to help. Everything is provided as part of the service.
FIVE EQUITY DISTRIBUTION METHODS
Choose the best scheme type for your needs
Enterprise Management Incentives are the most tax-efficient option scheme for employees. Growth Shares are perfect for when you’ve built up some value in your business. Unapproved Options are super flexible and can be used for non-employees. Agile Partnerships were designed for co-founder agreements / prenups. You can issue Ordinary Shares to investors directly via the platform too.
Boost productivity and improve employee happiness
"Great platform. The team always provide brilliant support. I would definitely recommend using Vestd to anyone who needs to set up and administer an EMI scheme."
"Straight forward and structured approach - so good for founders and also FD/CFO/advisor who is looking to get share capital and share option schemes in place."
"The platform itself allows you to manage all aspects of share and option management concisely in one place. But while the platform is great, it is the team that makes Vestd stand out."
Chief Operating Officer
"A fantastic platform. The price is fixed. The customer support is fantastic and readily available. They have held our hand right through the whole process."
"I love Vestd and I wish I had found it sooner. It makes the whole process of issuing shares whether they're growth shares or ordinary shares incredibly simple."
"Amazing shift from Excel to Vestd. The support team were amazing and did a great job of completing our setup and we have been very pleased at being able to better manage our governance over time."
Co-Founder & CEO
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Frequently asked questions
- How many shares should I give to people?
This is one of the first questions you will face. Three things to figure out:
- How much of my company equity should I set aside for the scheme?
- How many shares should each team member receive?
- How do I manage dilution as new team members join the scheme?
- What is a vesting schedule?
When you award options to employees they don’t become available to them immediately. Instead, the options go through a ‘vesting’ period, and become available over time. No prizes for guessing where our brand name comes from!
- What is a vesting schedule?
- Who is subject to vesting?
- When do options normally vest?
- What should my vesting schedule look like?
- When can my team access their shares?
Real shares are granted immediately, but options are subject to vesting, and that comes in two distinct forms: exit-only or exercisable. We are huge fans of the latter for all sorts of reasons, but most companies choose the former.
- What are exit-based options?
- What are exercisable options?
- What are the key differences between exercisable vs exit-only options?
- Which type is right for me?
- What kind of conditions can I set?
Some schemes can be conditional... and you decide what the conditions are.
Options schemes are usually aligned to time-based vesting over a period of years, but you can also set performance milestones.
EMI option schemes and Agile Partnerships are both perfect vehicles for conditional equity rewards.
- How should I price my shares?
This depends on how you want to distribute equity (e.g real shares, growth shares, or options). There are tax implications for each of these methods.
For EMI options schemes you have a choice to make: you can allow employees to exercise the options at the nominal value, or at an agreed actual market value. The former incurs income tax, whereas there is no tax owed on the latter. Or perhaps the exercise price will be somewhere in between these two values?
This can be a lot to get your head around, so if you want to talk it through then just schedule a no-obligation call with one of our equity experts.
- What happens if someone leaves?
As a business owner you have plenty of protection in the event that an individual leaves or doesn’t deliver, so long as the right conditions are in place.
However, it’s important for the equity to create the desired impact and incentive. That means the recipient also needs to feel that the criteria is fair.