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HMRC and BIS offer support workshops to high-tech SMEs

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The workshop programme will run across the country and focus on Government grants, a range of tax incentives, as well as information on how businesses can make claims.

Carol Lunney, HMRC assistant director, business tax, said: Innovation lies at the heart of our culture. British ideas and inventions have helped shape our world, from the telephone to the World Wide Web. The UK has the largest creative sector per head in the world. These workshops are designed to ensure our high-tech SMEs get the help they need to help them invest in research and development and innovation.

The workshops will cover the following topics:

  1. R&D tax credits and the Patent Box tax incentive, led by HMRC;
  2. Grants, networking and knowledge transfer;
  3. EU funding for business R&D and innovation, including the Horizon 2020 programme;
  4. Patents and intellectual property; and
  5. Innovation and opportunities to commercialise technology.

Dates and venues:

  • Tuesday 11 March Cambridge Hauser Forum – The Seminar Centre;
  • Tuesday 18 March Leicester University – Stamford Court;
  • Thursday 3 April Reading University – Palmer Building, Whiteknights;
  • Wednesday 9 April Plymouth – Tamar Science Park;
  • Wednesday 30 April Oxford – Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd, Harwell;
  • Wednesday 14 May Sheffield Business School, Stoddart Building, Sheffield Hallam University;
  • Wednesday 4 June Portsmouth – Langstone Technology Park; and
  • Wednesday 18 June Scotland – details are being finalised.

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