Sherry Coutu CBE is arguably one of the world’s most influential and best-networked people in technology and investing. Among many prestigious titles, Sherry is a Non-Executive Director of proptech giant Zoopla, London Stock Exchange and The University of Cambridge. She also serves on the Advisory Board of, which was bought by Microsoft last June for $26.2bn.

After authoring The Scale-up Report, a report urging the government to help ambitious businesses scale to their full potential, she teamed up with LinkedIn Co-founder Reid Hoffman to set up and chair the ScaleUp Institute, an organisation set out to make Britain the number one destination for businesses to grow and scale. If Sherry’s vision is realised, Britain could add 150,000 jobs to the economy and £225bn to its GDP.

Most interestingly for investors, fast-growing scale-ups (like Zoopla or LinkedIn were a few years ago) make for very profitable investment opportunities.

Sherry talked about the importance of scale-ups in Britain’s economy and how to access them as investment opportunities.

David Brookes, Reading Tax Partner at BDO LLP, kicked the evening off with a short talk on EIS and tax-efficient investingin a digital world.

Sherry Coutu

Sherry Coutu

Originally from Canada, Sherry has called the UK home for more than 20 years, in that time becoming a prolific angel investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur. She’s made investments into more than 50 companies and sat on the board of major tech businesses, including Zoopla and LinkedIn.

Sherry holds an MBA from Harvard, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013.

David Brookes

David Brookes

David Brookes is responsible for the Reading Tax Department, leading the office’s taxation specialism and working as part of its leadership team. The Reading tax team assists clients with VAT, transfer pricing, corporate tax, human capital, international and property tax.

Focusing particularly on the mid-market, David acts for a number of private equity and venture capital backed businesses. David is a specialist in his field and regularly speaks at events, covering complex tax issues and changes in the tax landscape.

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