Simon is the driving force behind our rapid growth. He founded ForrestBrown in 2013 having identified an acute need from innovative companies for highly targeted R&D tax credit advice. They either did not recognise their activities could qualify for the valuable tax incentive, or were not claiming for all that they were entitled.
In an extra twist, he modelled the culture of ForrestBrown on the vibrant and often disruptive style of many of the client companies he was advising – far removed from the traditional image of a tax consultancy.
Simon is a highly experienced R&D tax credit specialist and chartered tax adviser himself. His vision and values have created a thriving, vibrant R&D tax credit consultancy that wins awards for its technical expertise, service and entrepreneurial flair.
2017 has been a landmark year at ForrestBrown. We have delivered over £75 million of benefit for our clients – and there have been plenty of things to celebrate along the way. We turned four years old, settled into new office space, and welcomed 20 new team members – growing our team-size to more than 50.
What a week it has been at SXSW in Austin, Texas. I certainly didn’t know what to expect when I arrived and it is hard to digest all that I’ve seen, but I have arrived back in the UK with a few takeaways. So, all in all a great eye-opening experience. The talk that gave me the most enjoyment was given by Casey Neistat: From YouTube Star to Media Company Co-Founder.
It’s a new year, and there are lots of exciting plans here at ForrestBrown. As managing director, I am incredibly proud of what the whole team has achieved over the last 12 months. Now, the challenge is to make 2017 even more successful.