Equity Fundamentals: Part 1

Everything you want to know about shares and equity.

Want to give shares in your business to your team and understand the basics, but keen to avoid costly and confusing conversations with lawyers and accountants?

Fear not, our simple fact-filled guide will give you the answers you need to get you started, and won’t cost you a penny.

What exactly are shares? How many should I have? What rights do shareholders actually have? You’ve asked the questions, now get the answers.

Download the fast track guide to getting more from your equity

Part 1

  • What exactly are shares?
  • How many should I have?
  • What rights do shareholders actually have?

Part 2

  • What is equity dilution?
  • Why would a company issue new shares?
  • What are the alternative ways of issuing shares?

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Get on the fast-track via a 30-minute call.

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.

Ask a Vestd expert:

  • 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

Our customers say good things...

As a Founder, I wanted to reward my early stage team with shares, but with conditions attached. It’s been incredibly simple to use Vestd to build my team, and now that we have successfully completed our first major round of funding, we are looking for everyone to share in our success.

Leon Ifayemi, SPCE
Leon Ifayemi, SPCE