1. Overview

    The Trust aims to maximise capital growth over the long-term from investment primarily in shares of listed UK equities which have the potential to deliver a total return in excess of the FTSE All-Share Index.

    The portfolio is a high conviction, concentrated selection of our best ideas in the UK with a bias to mid and smaller cap growth companies, where we intuitively believe the growth spot for UK equities to be.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Annual Performance to 30 June each year

    30/06/2015
    30/06/2016

    30/06/2016
    30/06/2017

    30/06/2017
    30/06/2018

    30/06/2018
    30/06/2019

    30/06/2019
    30/06/2020

    Share Price -5.0% 19.3% 16.5% -0.2% -2.5%
    NAV -0.2% 15.8% 9.6% -1.4% -3.2%
    Index* 2.2% 18.1% 9.0% 0.6% -13.0%

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 31/08/2020

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    10 Years

    Share Price 6.0% 13.8% 32.4% 115.3%
    NAV 3.7% 6.0% 26.9% 108.0%
    Index* -12.7% -8.2% 17.3% 77.6%

    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    NAV is calculated with borrowings deducted at fair value for 1, 3 and 5 years and par value for 10 years.
    *FTSE All-Share (GBP) TR. 
    Performance source: Morningstar and relevant underlying index provider, total return. 
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    Performance - 31/08/2020
    Baillie Gifford took over the management of the Trust in July 2018.
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    Benchmark data is limited to a 5 year period from the current date.
    The graph has been rebased to 100.
    Baillie Gifford took over the management of the Trust in July 2018.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
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    Discount/Premium History at Fair - 31/08/2020
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.
    If the graph shows negative figures this means that the share price is lower than the NAV at fair – this is known as trading at a Discount.
    If the graph shows positive figures this means that the share price is higher than the NAV at fair - this is known as trading at a Premium.
    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    Holdings - 31/08/2020

    Fund %
    1 Renishaw 4.3%
    2 Auto Trader 4.2%
    3 Genus 3.7%
    4 Abcam 3.6%
    5 St. James's Place 3.6%
    6 HomeServe 3.6%
    7 Rightmove 3.5%
    8 Hargreaves Lansdown 3.4%
    9 Games Workshop Group 3.4%
    10 Prudential 3.2%
    Total 36.5%
    All holdings of 0.7% and above
    Fund %
    1 Renishaw 4.3%
    2 Auto Trader 4.2%
    3 Genus 3.7%
    4 Abcam 3.6%
    5 St. James's Place 3.6%
    6 HomeServe 3.6%
    7 Rightmove 3.5%
    8 Hargreaves Lansdown 3.4%
    9 Games Workshop Group 3.4%
    10 Prudential 3.2%
    Total 36.5%
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    Meet the Managers

    Iain McCombie

    Iain is the lead manager of our UK Core strategy. He is also a member of the Global Stewardship Portfolio Construction Group (PCG). Most recently, Iain served as Chief of Investment Staff from 2013 to 2018 and became a Partner of the firm in 2005. He initially joined Baillie Gifford in 1994 and spent five years training as an Investment Manager in the US Equities Team before joining the UK Equity Team in 1999. Iain graduated MA in Accountancy from the University of Aberdeen and subsequently trained as a Chartered Accountant.

    Milena Mileva

    Milena joined Baillie Gifford in 2009 and is an Investment Manager in the UK Equity Team. She graduated BA in Social & Political Science from the University of Cambridge in 2007 and MPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford in 2009.

    How to Buy

    You can invest in a range of our funds via a number of fund platforms and supermarkets, please see the links opposite. Further information on the funds can be found in the relevant Key Investor Information and Prospectus Documents, which are available in English and will be sent to you free of charge on request. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

    Baillie Gifford does not sponsor, maintain or have any control over the content of any other websites. Therefore, we are not responsible for the adequacy or accuracy of any of the information you may view, nor do we undertake to ensure successful transmission to any linked website.

    Fund Platforms/Supermarkets

    Documents

    You can access any literature about the Fund here, either by downloading or requesting a copy by post (where available). To download any document you will need Adobe Reader.  Please note that we can now provide you with Braille and audio transcriptions of our literature on request. It may take up to 10 days for the transcription to be completed dependent on the size of the document.

    Risks

    Any investment in an investment trust involves risk. You should be aware of the following risks when considering investing.

    Past performance

    Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

    The value of your investment

    The investment trusts managed by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited are listed UK companies and are not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The value of their shares, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.

    Gearing

    The Trust can borrow money to make further investments (sometimes known as “gearing” or “leverage”). The risk is that when this money is repaid by the Trust, the value of the investments may not be enough to cover the borrowing and interest costs, and the Trust will make a loss. If the Trust's investments fall in value, any invested borrowings will increase the amount of this loss.

    Share buy-backs

    The Trust can buy back its own shares. The risks from borrowing, referred to above, are increased when a trust buys back its own shares.

    Liquidity

    Market values for securities which have become difficult to trade may not be readily available and there can be no assurance that any value assigned to such securities will accurately reflect the price the Trust might receive upon their sale.

    Derivatives

    The Trust can make use of derivatives to obtain, increase or reduce exposure to assets and may result in the Trust being leveraged. Derivatives are most often used to compensate for possible unfavourable currency and market movements. This may result in greater movements (down or up) in the net asset value of the Trust. It is not our intention that the use of derivatives will significantly alter the overall risk profile of the Trust. A further risk exists in respect of the counterparty with whom the derivative transaction is made. Due care and diligence is exercised in the selection of counterparties, however, the possibility of the counterparty failing to pay sums due to the Trust still remains.

    Single country

    The Trust’s exposure to a single market may increase risk.

    Concentration

    The Trust's risk is increased as it holds fewer investments than a typical investment trust and the effect of this, together with its long-term approach to investment, could result in large movements in the share price.

    Charges to capital

    The Trust charges 70% of the investment management fee and borrowing costs to capital which reduces the capital value. Also, where income is low, the remaining expenses may be greater than the total income received, meaning the Trust may not pay a dividend and the capital value would be further reduced.

    Income is less important

    The aim of the Trust is to achieve capital growth. You should not expect a significant, or steady, annual income from the Trust.

    Continuation Vote

    Shareholders in the Trust have the right to vote every five years, on whether to continue the Trust or wind it up. If the shareholders decide to wind the Trust up, the assets will be sold and you will receive a cash sum in relation to your shareholding. The next vote will be held at the Annual General Meeting in 2024.

    Tax rates

    You should note that tax rates and reliefs may change at any time and their value depends on your circumstances.

    Regulations

    The Trust is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

    Information subject to change

    The information and opinions expressed within this website are subject to change without notice.

    Not investment advice

    This information has been issued and approved by Baillie Gifford & Co Limited and does not in any way constitute investment advice.

    Suitability for retail distribution

    Please note that the Company currently conducts its affairs, and intends to continue to conduct its affairs, so that the Company’s ordinary shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream pooled investment products (NMPI). The Company’s ordinary shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream pooled investment products because they are shares in an investment trust.

    Disclaimers

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