Scottish Widows UK Smaller Companies C

  • 442.80p
    Price (Inc)

    These are the shares in the fund that pay out an income to clients. The income is made up of the total dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – from the companies in the fund.

  • -
    Price (Acc)

    These are the shares in the fund that don’t pay out an income to clients. Any dividends – the money a company can pay out to its investors – are reinvested into companies in the fund. Despite no income, the shares should be worth more over time. Good incentive, eh?

  • 0.00%

    Initial charge

    Some funds charge you when you first invest, which is aptly known as the initial charge. They’re usually between 3-5% but at Bestinvest, we usually don’t charge you a penny!

  • 0.75%
    Annual management charge

    This is how much the fund management company charges to run the fund. It’s like paying a babysitter, dog sitter or house sitter (that makes well-informed, heavily researched changes to improve your baby/dog/house when needed).

  • 0.88%
    Ongoing charges

    This stands for Ongoing Charges Figure. It’s the cost of running a fund and includes admin fees, manager fees, administration costs, etc.

  • 2.70%

    How much the fund is currently paying out in income to investors. It’s NOT to be confused with the overall growth of a fund – a very different thing indeed. It’s also NOT a guarantee of future pay-outs, just a snapshot. This is more what it’s not than what it is…

Prices as at 22 October 2020

Fund summary

Sector UK Smaller Companies
Structure OEIC
Launched May, 1993
Size £47m
Yield 2.70%
Charging basis
Dividends paid Acc units only


Standard initial charge 0.00%
Initial charge via Bestinvest 0.00%
Additional bid/offer spread 0.00%
Annual management charge 0.75%
Ongoing charges figure 0.88%


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Investment process

The fund's objective is to provide long-term capital growth by investing in a range of shares and other investments of, mainly, UK smaller companies.

Manager research

Average monthly relative returns

  • 15/16 0.00%
  • 16/17 0.54%
  • 17/18 0.43%
  • 18/19 -0.34%
  • 19/20 0.44%

Bestinvest MRI

  • 3 years 0.18%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 0.38%
  • 3 years 82.40%
  • 5 years 0.00%
  • Career 99.80%

Performance figures are based on the average of monthly percentage returns relative to the benchmark index.

Andy Brough

Born in 1960, Brough holds an Economics degree from Manchester University and qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse. He joined Schroders in 1987 as a UK equity fund manager, initially as an analyst covering the Brewery, Publishing and Printing sectors. He has managed the Schroder Institutional UK Smaller Cos. fund since 1989, the retail version since 1995, and has been co-head of Schroders' pan European Small and Mid Cap team since 2002. The bulk of his portfolios are made up of stocks held for the long-term, although tactical trading is undertaken in stocks of companies which include those that might be experiencing management change, withdrawal of industry overcapacity or a cyclical upturn.

Track record

Andy Brough has 7.3 years experience of managing mutual funds in this sector. Over this period the average monthly return relative to the benchmark index has been +0.38%. During the worst period of relative performance (from July 1997 - June 2016) there was a decline of 6% relative to the index. The worst absolute loss has been 35%. Statistically, we estimate the probability that this fund manager is adding value, rather than being lucky, is more than 99%.

Periods of worst performance

Absolute -35.00% (December 2019 - March 2020)
Relative -6.00% (July 1997 - June 2016)

About the MRI

Our unique indicator: the Bestinvest Manager Record Index (MRI) measures the likelihood that the fund manager is adding value through their decisions. It is based on their performance record over the course of their career, adjusted for the amount of risk taken. MRI is an important contributor to our fund rating system but it is also vital to take account of qualitative factors. It is also very important to select funds to form a cohesive portfolio with an appropriate overall risk level.


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Top 10 holdings

Data accurate as at 30 June 2020

3.23% Schroder Sterling Liquidity Fund X Income
3.22% Games Workshop Group
3.05% Hilton Food Group Plc
2.82% Discoverie Group Plc
2.74% Telecom Plus
2.74% Avon Rubber
2.62% Xp Power Ltd
2.47% Keller Group Plc
2.42% Fisher(James)& Sons Plc
2.34% Ultra Electronics Hldgs
Source: Trustnet

Sector breakdown

Industrials 35.00%
Financials 17.00%
Consumer Services 13.00%
Consumer Goods 11.00%
Technology 7.00%
Basic Materials 7.00%
Money Market 4.00%
Telecommunications 3.00%
Oil & Gas 2.00%
Others 1.00%


Total number of equity holdings is around 110.

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