Tax Breaks and Other Financial Incentives for Innovative SMEs - Half-Day Conference


Tax Breaks and Other Financial Incentives for Innovative SMEs  - Half-Day Conference

Wednesday 24 April 2013

09.00 – 13.00

National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, B92 0EJ-  0121 704 2784


09.00 - 10.00

Registration, coffee and networking

10.00 - 10.10

Rob Stichbury,  Business Development Director,  Avidity IP

Introductions and overview of themorning

10.10 - 10.30

Paul Lynch,  Avidity IP

Introduction to Patent Box

10.30 – 10.50

Mark Evans, MD,  R&D Tax Claims

R&D Tax Relief.  To claim or not to claim?

10.50 - 11.10

Break for coffee

11.10 - 11.30

Richard Simpson, Business Engagement Manager, University of Birmingham

How Business can work with Universities

11.30 – 11.50

Brian Cartwright, Senior Manager, Lloyds Bank

Financing Manufacturing

11.50 - 12.00


12.00 – 13.00

Lunch and networking


Close of conference


Did you know

·  The Patent Box will mean you pay reduced tax on profits from patented products from 1st April ?

·  The Patent Box will make the UK one of the most tax competitive countries for high tech manufacturing companies?

·  An SME can claim 225% of its R&D costs against tax?

·  Less than 10% of eligible companies actually claim?

·  Average annual tax savings exceed £40k?

Find out more at this half-day conference:

Date: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Time: 9.00 – 13:00

Venue: National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Solihull, B92 0EJ 

This event is designed to inform an audience of industry participants about some of the schemes that are around to help improve the cost effectiveness of your Patents and other R&D activities. There will also be an opportunity to meet with experts and gain advice on a one to one basis to, for example, explain how you can claim back some of the costs of your R&D and how the Patent Box will reduce your tax bill in the years ahead.


Avidity IP, R&D Tax Claims and The Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) want to help companies through this maze of available tax breaks, and other funding opportunities advising on what the benefits and pitfalls of each, choosing the most appropriate and assisting in the application processes.

The Agenda will cover:

  • New Patent Box regime from 01/04/2013
  • R&D Tax Relief
  • Technology Strategy Board, Grants for R&D funding

Who should attend?

  • Manufacturing companies of all types from Aerospace through to Food and Pharmaceuticals
  • Technology companies who want to explore how R&D can benefit their business
  • Service companies who want to extend their offerings by partnering with universities
  • Companies who want to innovate and gain the competitive advantage

If your company fits any of the above profiles then come along to this event and listen to presentations.

There will also be a chance to network with the experts and Business Engagement Managers from the SCRA, Avidity IP Ltd and R&D Tax Claims Ltd.

Avidity IP Ltd

Avidity IP is a pioneering firm of European Patent and Trade Mark attorneys that challenges orthodoxy to deliver the best service experience for clients over a comprehensive range of intellectual property services covering patents, trade-marks, designs, copyright, ‘know-how’ and IP strategy.

R&D Tax Claims Ltd

R&D Tax Claims Ltd are a highly respected firm of Midlands based consultants specialising in R&D tax relief for manufacturing  SMEs; they work on a No Win No Fee basis and have a 100% track record.  In 2012 they achieved tax savings of over £2m for 33 clients at an average of £60k per client.

The Science City Research Alliance

The Science City Research Alliance is a strategic union between the West Midlands’ two leading research universities: Warwick and Birmingham. The aim of this alliance is to pool expertise, work collaboratively on testing, analysis, research and development and engage with business and industry, giving access to the latest thinking, research and state-of-the-art equipment in the field.

University Of Birmingham

Please note, places are limited. Please click on the link to register for the event here

I look forward to seeing you at the event.