Ben has over a decade of tax experience and since joining ForrestBrown, has specialised in R&D claims for clients in the creative and digital sectors. He also advises our accountant partners. After graduating in 2002, Ben trained with large accountancy firms PKF and RSM Bentley Jennison, becoming a chartered tax adviser. He then gained valuable experience as a manager for a niche firm of tax consultants, working for ultra-high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs.
Technically we are all cyborgs. The definition being any technological enhancement (or restoration) to the human body. So your contact lenses, wrist watch… you could probably even argue the very clothes you wear, make you a cyborg.
We have all heard of smartphones. Smart homes are starting to enter our consciousness with fridges that know when to order more milk and thermostats that learn your heating preferences. Not on most people’s radar though are smart materials. This could be about to change as it is an industrious area of research and development.
The Chancellor announced a measure to amend the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) legislation so that universities and charities are unable to claim RDEC. It was never the original intention to allow universities or charities to qualify for RDEC and having received approximately 50 claims from universities and charities HMRC have acted quickly to close the loophole.
So Bristol is Europe’s 2015 green capital, and apparently some people are sceptical. After all, if you live in Bristol you’ve probably also experienced the peak-time congestion, and tasted the accompanying distinctly metallic tang to the air.
The entry costs for an eCommerce business can be surprisingly low, and new systems can be implemented and exchanged quickly and efficiently. This makes it a natural sector for startups, and also a natural sector for experimentation and research and development.