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What do you do?

I work as part of an award-winning tax team and we assist UK companies to make claims for Research and Development (R&D) Incentives. We remove misconceptions and we demonstrate to companies that there is a lot more to R&D tax credits than white coats, labs and innovation centres. Most importantly, we make businesses cold, hard cash that can help grow the business even further.

Why do you do it?

Having worked in an accountancy practice since 2004, I have assisted clients with accounts preparation, tax compliance, tax advisory and I have always enjoyed having a good rapport with clients. For me, it is not just about how profitable a company is, I have a genuine interest in what the companies are doing. I thoroughly enjoy hearing about new projects and exploring how the company is looking to explore new markets and keep their business at the forefront of the industry.

What kind of projects have you been involved in?

I have considerable experience dealing with a wide range of industries and have a keen interest in the more obscure claims. For example, who would have thought a window and door manufacturer would qualify for relief. Windows and doors have been around for years and are fairly standard, right? Wrong! There is so much innovation behind the manufacture of windows and doors. This may be researching and developing new locking systems to enhance security, utilisation of new materials to be more environmentally friendly and many other developments which the company may think are part of their general day-to-day business.

A window and door manufacturer could claim tax relief in the region of £50,000 per annum for their continued development and this is simply as a result of doing what they consider to be their day job!

Any saving will be dependent on the size of the workforce and the level of development works being performed but I am sure you will agree, a tax saving of that value is certainly worth exploring.

What’s on top of your bucket list?

My bucket list involves lots of experiences with my husband and children, including safari in Kenya, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling in the Caribbean and even a trip to Edinburgh Castle! My family means everything to me and making memories together is so important. We hear so many terrible stories of how the World is affected by terrorism and violence and I think this makes it extremely important to keep a high level of positivity and happiness in the lives of our children. I love my day job helping clients to raise cash to progress their businesses but the most important job that I have is to keep my children safe and happy 😊

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