Jason Rolf - Business Development ManagerJason started his working career on the London International Financial Futures Exchange in 1987, trading interest-rate options for an LSE options market-maker. He became an independent trader shortly after and then founding partner of a large independent options-trading group. During this time he co-founded London Derivatives Options Software Ltd, a software firm that produced one of the first commercially available option pricing models in London. This business ultimately became the foundation of the software firm, FFastfill plc which floated on the AIM market in 2000. Jason's work on option-pricing and trade-execution algorithms for electronic trading introduced him to the field of systematic models where he has concentrated since 2005. He joined Amati as a partner at the end of 2010. He is a current holder of the CFA Investment Management Certificate (IMC). In 2014 Jason served as a director of the London media technology business Mirriad Ltd, an Amati VCT investee company.
AIC VCT Conference 2014
Posted by Jason Rolf on 12/Jun/2014
The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) held it's fith annual VCT conference on the 11th June at Plaisterers Hall in the City of London.
The morning focused on the positive effect which VCT investment has had on UK SMEs and the benefits of this route compared with alternative funding methods.
Both Jeremy Banks, CEO of "Coolabi" and "It's All Good" Managing Director, Calum Ryder had had positive experiences from being on the receiving end of VCT investments including alignment of interests and the promotion of good corporate governance which may have been omitted via a passive approach.
HM Treasury was represented by Sarah Adams who confirmed the current regimes suport of VCT schemes and welcomed all feedback from managers and investors.
The morning ended with UK Labour's Enterprise Adviser Lord Mitchell outlining how small businesses are the foundation of economic growth in the UK. He is an active supporter of the digital and technology industries, announcing that over 600,000 people in London were employed in this fast-growing sector of the economy.
As part of this conference, the AIC published it's latest annual survey of VCT Investment:
"Going for Growth - VCT Investment 1997 to 2013".