10 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About Shares & Options

A plain English guide in support of Small Business Saturday.


Progressive companies all over the UK have realised that equity can be used as a powerful lever for growth. Sharing equity with your team is proven to increase employee retention, ignite productivity, align teams, improve company culture and attract more talent.

If you haven’t yet unleashed the power of equity but you’d like to know more, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together the top ten things that you should know before you embark on your equity journey...

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Our team of equity specialists help UK SMEs every day of the week. If you are ready to give people shares (or options) then book a call to get some guidance.

Discover the best scheme type

We will outline the four most common ways of distributing shares, and the pros and cons of each one (e.g. tax-efficiency).

Understand the process

There are more than 20 steps involved in setting up a share scheme. We’ll explain what you need to do, and how to avoid the complexity and hassle by using our platform.

Figure out the costs

And not just for set up, because it’s important to know what you’re in for over the lifetime of a scheme.

Learn how to stay compliant

Around 50% of all existing EMI schemes are not compliant. Every year non-compliance costs shareholders many millions upon exit. We’ll help you avoid the mother of all headaches when it is time to exit.

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  • How we can help you set up a new share scheme
  • Why it is important to digitise an existing scheme
  • How to offset the costs of a share scheme against your tax liability
  • How to incentivise shareholders in a way that minimises their own tax bill
  • To show you a demo of the Vestd platform