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Standard Life Smaller Companies Trust (SLS) aims to achieve long-term capital growth through investment in a diversified portfolio mainly consisting of UK-quoted smaller companies. SLS started life as Edinburgh Smaller Companies in 1993 and Standard Life Investments assumed management from 2003.
Standard Life UK Smaller Companies (SLS) is managed by Harry Nimmo at Aberdeen Standard Investments. He has followed the same investment process since he took over management of the trust in 2003, through a number of economic cycles, and considers it to be stable, predictable and well defined, while providing an element of resilience during periods of stock market weakness. He also believes that the investment process is optimal for running large amounts of UK small-cap money. Nimmo has a long-term record of outperformance – SLS’s NAV total return is ahead of its blended benchmark over the last one, three, five and 10 years, and above the averages of its larger peers in the AIC UK Smaller Companies sector over one and five years, and broadly in line over three years.