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Guinness Asset Management Ltd
Guinness is an independent business that is focused purely on investment management, we have over £2billion of funds under managedmnet across a range of investment strategies. Our in-house economic, industry and company research allows us to take an independent view and not be led by the market. Our size and specialist nature also means we have the ability to respond quickly and efficiently to any market movements.
The firm currently manages more than £1.5 billion on behalf of investors, which includes funds managed on behalf of our US sister company, Guinness Atkinson Asset Management.
Since 2010, the Guinness EIS team has raised and invested over £170 million in EIS qualifying companies. At the heart of our investment approach is “Growth at a reasonable value”. We believe investment managers should have a high conviction about the investments in their portfolio.
Our funds have a relatively high concentration. We have found this approach provides an excellent balance between the benefits of diversification and the risk of diluting investment returns. Guinness Asset Management is 100% owned by its directors and employees, which we believe helps to align our interests with those of our investors. Guinness Asset Management provides actively managed portfolios in a selection of asset classes and specialist growth themes to assist investors in this aim.
Key team members
Shane Gallwey joined Guinness Asset Management in 2010 and is a fund manager in the Guinness EIS Team.
Shane has, over the last fifteen years, launched, advised, invested in and sold a large number of EIS businesses. He was previously a director of Northland Capital Partners, where his focus was on advising growth companies on capital structuring, with an emphasis on tax-efficient funding through EIS and VCT for a range of small to mid-size technology and alternative energy companies. From 2002 to 2006 Shane was based in Gibraltar with Trafalgar Financial Futures. Prior to that he spent six years at HSBC Investment Bank.
Shane holds an MA from the University of Edinburgh, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Edward joined Guinness Asset Management in January 2006. He is manager of the Guinness Sustainable Energy Fund and a fund manager in the Guinness EIS Team.
Prior to joining Guinness Asset Management, Edward worked from 2002 as a merger arbitrage analyst for the Arbitrage Associates Fund at the Tiedemann Investment Group in New York. In 1998 he joined HSBC Investment Bank, where he worked in the Corporate Finance Department in the Energy & Utilities Team and in the Telecoms & Technology Team. Edward graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s degree in Engineering and Management Studies.
Andrew was Chief Executive of Hambros Fund Management when it merged with Guinness Flight in 1997. In 2000 he joined Berkshire Capital Securities, a corporate adviser to the fund management industry, before joining Guinness Asset Management in 2005 as a senior adviser. He is non-executive Director of several companies including Church House Investment Management, M&G High Income and TR European Growth Trusts.
Andrew is a director of Guinness Asset Management Funds PLC, Guinness’ umbrella-type open-ended investment company (OEIC), incorporated in Ireland and authorised and supervised by the Central Bank of Ireland.
Example portfolio companies
Sector: Food and Beverage
Pasta Evangelists is a luxury, artisan pasta delivery service based in London which delivers across the country. The Company has a concession in Harrods for a deli-style service. The Company featured in the start-ups top 100 list and has a number of highprofile backers within the food industry including Prue Leith, Giles Coren and William Sitwell.
Gravity Fitness is a trampoline park company offering one hour slots for access to the park. Since investment, the Company has gone from four to nine sites across the UK. Gravity has also expanded to Saudi Arabia where it has opened its first franchise.
Cera Care was founded in 2015 to disrupt the dated and fragmented home care industry, using technology to automate and enhance services in this traditionally slow and manual industry. The Company has won multiple awards including Britain’s Health Start-up of the Year and Wired Top 10 Innovators in Health Care.
MWS Technology is an apprenticeship delivery platform which develops technology solutions for vocational training and further education. The Company’s software is used by universities, colleges and training companies to administer and facilitate apprentice training.