Side By Side Later Stage EIS Fund

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The SBS Later Stage fund looks to invest in EIS qualifying companies that already have a developed customer base and revenue.


  • Target return 3.7x (net of fees and excluding tax relief – returns not guaranteed)
  • Expected exit timeline of 8 years (not guaranteed)
  • Target of up to 8 portfolio companies (not guaranteed) with a minimum of three
  • Subscription should be deployed within 12 months (not guaranteed)
  • Minimum investment £25,000 - you can apply online

Important: The information on this website is for experienced investors. It is not advice nor a research or personal recommendation to invest. If you’re unsure, please seek advice. Investments are for the long term. They are high risk and illiquid and can fall as well as rise in value, so you could get back less than you invest.

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The manager

Although The SideBySide Partnership (SBS) is new to the EIS market, its managing director, John Bailye, has experience in investing and developing early-stage companies. He gained his initial business experience as the founder and CEO of Dendrite International Inc., which floated in 1996 and was sold in 2007 for $700 million. He subsequently helped set up the New Jersey Technology Council which now has approximately 1,500 entrepreneur members, and has made a number of angel investments.

Members of The SideBySide Partnership will potentially look to co-invest in up to 10% of the fund.

Watch a video interview with John Bailye:

Investment strategy

The fund will look to take a hands-on approach with its portfolio. By providing active support and mentoring, SBS hopes to guide management teams around common pitfalls. SBS will help investee companies produce a detailed one-year business plan and then spend at least two days a month mentoring each management team.

SBS plans to evaluate approximately 600 opportunities annually. However, in order to enable the team to provide close support to the investee companies, the fund expects to hold a maximum of eight portfolio companies at any point. Therefore, after the initial portfolio has been put together, it will only invest in a new company once an exit has been achieved.

The fund will focus on businesses whose products or services have enhanced an existing market or created a new one through the application of technology. It will invest across a range of sectors such as FinTech, MedTech and SportTech. The average investment is expected to be up to £200,000, however, the fund may make smaller investments of £50,000 - £100,000 into earlier stage companies if the investment team believes there is sufficient potential.

Risks – important

This, like all investments available through Wealth Club, is only for experienced investors happy to make their own investment decisions without advice.

This is the first iteration of this fund and the SBS Partnership are new to investing within an EIS framework.

EIS investments are high-risk so should only form part of a balanced portfolio and you should not invest money you cannot afford to lose. They also tend to be illiquid and hard to sell and value. Before you invest, please carefully read the Risks and Commitments and the offer documents to ensure you fully understand the risks. 

Tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances.

This EIS fund invests in early-stage businesses which are more likely to fail than larger ones. So you should expect a number of failures in the portfolio, or even be prepared for all companies to fail.


A summary of the main charges and savings is shown below. Some of these will be payable by the investor, whilst others by the investee companies. The investment may have additional charges and expenses: please see the provider documents, including the Key Information Document, for more details. 

Investor charges
Full initial charge 0%
Wealth Club initial saving
Net initial charge through Wealth Club 0%
Annual management charge 0%
Administration charge
Performance fee 20%*
Investee company charges
Initial charge 3%
Annual charges 2%
All fees and charges are stated exclusive of VAT, which may be applicable in some cases. Any fees and charges payable by the investee companies or the underlying businesses do not directly come out of your investment. However, they will effectively reduce the returns generated by investee companies and therefore impact your investment.

More detail on the charges

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Last updated: 4 March 2020

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