Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be high risk.

We care about our investors, and we want to help you fully understand our products and services ensuring that they are appropriate for your needs. It is therefore important that you read the following.

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What are the key risks?

1. You could lose all the money you invest

If your investment fails, you are likely to lose up to 100% of the money you invested.

2. You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong

Protection from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), in relation to claims against failed regulated firms, does not cover poor investment performance.

Try the FSCS investment protection checker here. Check if your investments are FSCS protected | FSCS

Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA-regulated firm, the FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here. For consumers (financial-ombudsman.org.uk)

3. You’re unlikely to get your money back quickly

While we will always look to settle your request for a withdrawal as soon as possible, there is no guarantee withdrawals will be paid immediately upon request. Investments in unquoted companies are less liquid than listed shares so our ability to meet your request might take several months to complete if there are several other distribution or withdrawal requests at the same time or when economic or other circumstances make it hard for the business to sell its assets.

4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

Putting all your money into a single business or type of investment for example, is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on any one to do well.

A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments. 5 questions to ask before you invest | FCA

5. The value of your investment can be reduced

The value of your investment can be reduced dependent on the performance of the underlying investee companies.

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA’s website: InvestSmart | FCA