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Press watch: CBI calls for tax breaks on private equity

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‘The CBI urged the government to pilot a tax incentive to encourage retail investors to hold shares for at least five years. It also launched an online tool to help businesses find the right type of finance.

“We need to shatter the equity finance glass ceiling and encourage growing firms across the UK to use this largely untapped resource. It’s a myth that using it results in loss of control and decision-making,” said Katja Hall, CBI chief policy director.

“Equity finance is one of the most effective ways for small and medium-sized firms to access investment capital and there are plenty of investors who take a minority stake,” she added.’

Financial Times, 3 February 2014