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How to access some of the UK's fastest-growing businesses

The Covid-19 crisis has plunged markets into volatility and many traditional assets, including equities and bonds, have suffered as a result.

In this environment, investors are increasingly seeking safety in alternative assets offering uncorrelated returns that are more sheltered from falling markets. The Covid-19 impact we are currently witnessing is mostly sector-specific and, consequently, investors are looking to access those sectors that are least affected. Many industries have had an incredibly tough time during the pandemic, such as those operating in leisure, tourism, hospitality, travel and airlines.

However, a number of venture capital trust (VCT) managers have identified those sectors which have been affected to a much lesser extent by the current economic circumstances. In most instances, these have little or no direct exposure to the consumer and benefit from broader trends which have been accelerated by the crisis.

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