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SVM UK Growth

Ranked 243 out of 249 in - UK (All Companies) over 12 months
All calculations are in GBP unless stated

Managed by

Margaret Lawson

Margaret Lawson is a graduate in Economics, holding a BA from Strathclyde University, as well as being an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals. She began her financial services career in 1981 joining FS Assurance. She then became a co-founder of SVM in 1990, and currently co-manages the SVM UK 100 Select fund alongside Colin McLean, as well as being deputy manager for both the UK Opportunities fund and the Saltire Fund, a UK equity long/short fund focused principally on UK mid and small caps. Away from the office Margaret enjoys both sport and the arts with tennis, cinema and music, more specifically playing the piano, featuring amongst her interests.

Colin McLean

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Colin McLean founded Edinburgh-based SVM Asset Management in 1990. McLean took an MA (Hons) in political economy and economic statistics from Glasgow University and was later awarded an MBA. From 1974 he enjoyed a 12 year stint as managing director of FS Assurance before joining Scottish Provident as Head of Investments. Prior to launching SVM, McLean spent 2 years as managing director of Templeton's European operations. His interests outside of fund management include golf, music and going to the cinema.


The Fund’s aim is to achieve medium to long term capital growth from an equity portfolio selected from UK listed stocks and other permitted securities. Its objective is to beat the FTSE All-Share Index.

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UK (All Companies) over : 31/03/2016 - 31/03/2017
  • Rank 243/249 Total Return
  • Rank 225/249 Standard Deviation
  • Rank 229/249 Max Drawdown
Fund Name Currency Loss
227 RWC UK Focus B GBP GBP


228 Liontrust Macro UK Growth Fund - Inc (R) GBP


229 SVM UK Growth A GBP


230 Kames Ethical Equity B Acc GBP


231 Unicorn UK Growth A Income GBP


Total Return

Quarterly Performance

to 31/03/2017 Annual Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2017 5.5%
2016 -3.6% -5.8% -7.1% 9.8% 0.4%
2015 19.9% 8.6% 1.1% 1.0% 8.1%
2014 -2.3% 2.6% -8.7% -0.3% 4.6%
2013 36.7% 13.6% 1.4% 6.8% 11.1%
2012 18.7% 12.9% -5.0% 7.0% 3.4%
2011 -8.2% -0.4% 0.9% -14.0% 6.2%
2010 24.3% 5.9% -9.2% 18.0% 9.5%
2009 33.1% -6.1% 12.4% 22.2% 3.3%
2008 -25.6% -6.1% 7.6% -20.5% -7.3%
2007 7.3% 4.2% 1.6% -2.8% 4.2%
2006 22.7% 11.4% -3.5% 2.7% 11.1%
2005 20.1% 2.2% 3.6% 6.8% 6.3%
2004 10.3% 1.6% 0.1% 2.4% 6.0%
2003 12.5% -5.0% 8.2% 2.8% 6.5%
2002 -17.2% 1.6% -7.8% -12.6% 1.1%
2001 -8.5% -5.6% 4.2% -11.7% 5.4%
2000 -1.6% 2.3% -2.7%

Month by Month Performance

Returns Vs Risk

Asset Allocation



Top 10 Holdings

Stock Size
Micro Focus International PLC ORD 4.23
Paddy Power Betfair PLC ORD 3.97
Beazley PLC ORD 3.15
Ryanair Holdings PLC ORD 3.04
Shire PLC ORD 2.87
Johnson Service Group PLC ORD 2.86
GVC Holdings PLC ORD 2.55
Prudential PLC ORD 2.46
JD Sports Fashion PLC ORD 2.41

Registered For Sale In

  1. United Kingdom

Fund Info

  • Launch date20/03/2000
  • Share Class size16Mn
  • Base currencyGBP
  • ISIN GB0032064635

Purchase Info

  • Min. initial investment1,000
  • Min. regular additional investment200


  • Annual management1.50%
  • Initial investment5.25

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Performance is for the period shown (month end to month end, bid/bid, gross income reinvested, calculated in the currency and currencies indicated).