Raising Foreign investment through the Tier 1 scheme

We help companies raise capital through the Government Tier 1 entrepreneur visa scheme. Simply put we identify HNW non-EU nationals who are looking to gain citizenship in the UK by investing in an active and trading UK company. The minimum investment is £200k and it is our responsibility to match up suitable investors with appropriate companies.

The legislation behind the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa Scheme states that the applicant must:

  • Become a director of the investee company with a seat on the board
  • Speak English to a specified level
  • Pass a genuine ‘entrepreneur test’, which tests the veracity of their application

The investment must:

  • Meet the minimum of £200,000
  • Be in the form of an equity share or a director’s loan
  • Create two new jobs for persons settled in the UK, where the employees work at least 30 hours per week and must each be employed for a total of 12 months (minimum) of the initial period of the ‘initial grant’ to the point of extension. The initial grant of leave to remain is for three years, which then needs to be extended by separate application by a further two years before indefinite leave to remain can be applied for (as well as for the further 12 months of the two-year extension)

What details will we need from your business?

  • A detailed business plan
  • Historical accounts (if the company is generating revenue)
  • Projected revenues (for the next three years) and the method used to calculate this
  • Details for main shareholders and shareholdings, the board and the core management team
  • A completed investee company questionnaire
  • A detailed description of what the funds will be used for
  • Articles of association
  • Shareholder agreement
  • Valuation and method used to calculate this
  • Directors’ CVs
  • A description of the business idea/existing business and any intellectual property
  • Any previous experience and qualifications (CV) of the owner(s)
  • Summary of market research and why the product/service is of use to the customers
  • Why the business is registered in the UK
  • Competition (what is available on the market now)
  • Detailed description of product/service, compared to the competitors’ product/service
  • Target customers
  • Revenue model
  • Licences and professional registrations required for the type of business
  • Details and experience of the core management team and current employees (including the two new jobs the company will create through the investment)
  • What professional services are needed to run the business and what work has been done to acquire them (or contacts made) – i.e. accountant, business insurance, employment/business lawyer, IT support, etc.
  • Advertising and promotion
  • Website and social media
  • SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis
  • PEST (Political, Economic, Social and Technological factors) analysis
  • Where the company will be based and future growth plans


  • Goals to achieve in the first year and the subsequent two years (duration of the initial Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa) on sales and profit
  • What form the £200,00 investment will take (director’s loan or share capital)
  • What the investment funds will be used for
  • Cash flow forecast for the first 12 months (and, if required, for the subsequent two years). Cash flow forecast includes sales targets (or expected sales), expenses (regular, yearly and one-off), and profit/loss

For more information, please read our brochure.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation on 01243 432 430 or email us on info@emsworth-corporate.co.uk