1. Overview

    The UK Equity Alpha Fund aims to outperform (after deduction of costs) the FTSE All-Share Index by at least 2% per annum over rolling five-year periods. There is no guarantee that this objective will be achieved over any time period and actual investment returns may differ from this objective, particularly over shorter time periods.

    The manager believes this is an appropriate benchmark given the investment policy of the Fund and the approach taken by the manager when investing. In addition, the manager believes an appropriate performance comparison for this Fund is the Investment Association UK All Companies Sector.

    Performance & Portfolio

    Performance & Portfolio

    Periodic Performance

    All figures to 30/04/2024

    6 Months

    1 Year

    3 Years

    5 Years

    Class B-Acc 10.9%2.4%-8.8%-2.4%
    Index* 14.2%7.5%7.4%5.4%
    Target Benchmark** 15.4%9.6%9.6%7.5%
    Sector Average*** 15.3%6.9%2.8%3.9%
    Sector Ranking 213/231192/230217/222211/213

    Figures for 3 and 5 years are shown as the annualised rate of return. This is the average yearly return over the specified period.

    Annual Discrete Performance to 31 March each year

    Annual percentage return (Updated Quarterly)






    Class B-Acc -14.8%45.7%-19.1%-5.5%4.2%
    Index* -18.5%26.7%13.0%2.9%8.4%
    Target Benchmark** -16.8%29.2%15.3%5.0%10.6%
    Sector Average*** -19.2%38.0%5.4%-1.9%7.7%

    Please bear in mind that past performance is not a guide to future performance.
    The value of your investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the amount you invested.

    Source: FE, Revolution, FTSE. Total return net of charges, in sterling.
    Share class returns calculated using 10am prices, while the Index is calculated close-to-close.
    *FTSE All-Share Index.
    **FTSE All-Share Index plus at least 2% per annum over rolling five-year periods.
    ***IA UK All Companies Sector.

    Top Ten Holdings - 30/04/2024

    Fund %
    1 4imprint 7.9%
    2 Games Workshop 7.9%
    3 Experian 7.2%
    4 Auto Trader 7.1%
    5 Wise 4.9%
    6 Kainos 4.2%
    7 Renishaw 4.0%
    8 Ashtead 3.8%
    9 Softcat 3.7%
    10 AJ Bell 3.4%
    Total 54.0%

    Fund %

    • 1 Software and Computer Services 18.57
    • 2 Industrial Support Services 13.13
    • 3 Media 7.95
    • 4 Leisure Goods 7.89
    • 5 Investment Banking and Brokerage Services 7.74
    • 6 Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology 5.77
    • 7 Industrial Engineering 5.11
    • 8 Electronic and Electrical Equipment 5.10
    • 9 Retailers 5.10
    • 10 Beverages 4.32
    • 11 Industrial Transportation 3.81
    • 12 Travel and Leisure 3.17
    • 13 Industrial Metals and Mining 2.23
    • 14 Real Estate Investment and Services 2.20
    • 15 Others 7.66
    • 16 Cash 0.24
    • Total 100.00

    The information contained on this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied upon when making investment decisions. All holdings information is unaudited. Source Baillie Gifford & Co.
    Please note that totals may not add due to rounding.

    Meet the Managers

    Milena Mileva

    Milena joined Baillie Gifford in 2009 and is an Investment Manager in the UK Equity Team. She became a partner in 2022. 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 Invest

    You can invest in our funds via a number of fund platforms, please see the links opposite. Information on the range of funds available through platforms can be found in our Platform Matrix.

    Please note that we do not have the facility for you to invest directly with us in our Investment Trusts and we do not offer ISAs, SIPPS or Share Plans.

    Please also note that we do not have an online service for individual investors.

    Further information on our 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.

    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.

    How to Invest

    Getting Financial Advice

    At Baillie Gifford we don’t provide financial advice, but we do try our best to provide you with all the information we think you might need to make investment decisions. Of course, we realise there are occasions when you may want the advice of an expert.

    Using professional financial advice

    An authorised intermediary can give you advice and help on how best to manage your financial affairs based on your circumstances and investment aspirations. They can also help keep track of all your different investment interests, saving you a lot of time and bookkeeping.

    Finding a financial adviser near you

    If you want to use an authorised intermediary, MyLocalAdviser is a website that allows you to search for authorised intermediaries in your area. You can visit their site on www.mylocaladviser.co.uk


    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.


    General Investment Risk

    Investment markets can go down as well as up and market conditions can change rapidly. The value of an investment in the Fund, and any income from it, can fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the amount invested.


    Custody of assets involves a risk of loss if a custodian becomes insolvent or breaches duties of care.

    Single Country

    The Fund’s exposure to a single market may increase share price movements.


    The Fund’s concentrated portfolio relative to similar funds may result in large movements in the share price in the short term.


    The Fund’s share price can be volatile due to movements in the prices of the underlying holdings and the basis on which the Fund is priced.


    A dilution adjustment may apply when you buy or sell shares in the Fund. This is applied to the share price and may reduce the return on your investment.

    Fees from Revenue

    Where possible, charges are taken from the Fund's revenue. Where there is insufficient revenue, the remainder will be taken from capital. This will reduce the capital value of your investment.

    Tax Rates

    Tax rates and the tax treatment of OEICs can change at any time.