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About us

In May 2019, the Breakthrough Group was officially recognised as the Best Independent Tax Consultancy in the UK at the Tolley's tax Awards

You can find out more about the Breakthrough Group and all our different brands, as well as our founder, Sue Nelson, here. There's even a pretty decent video which describes what we do in a nutshell. 

Our Breakthrough Group company is based in Ashford, Kent near the international rail terminal, which is just 37 minutes from London St Pancras. 

Over half of our R&D clients are based in London and the south east, but we have lots of other clients around the UK from Glasgow to Cornwall to South Wales and East Anglia.  

Between us we have submitted over 950 R&D claims with a 100% success rate. It's all we do and in fact we are the authors of The Definitive Guide to R&D Tax Relief available on Amazon.

We love getting money back for small companies - in fact we've got back £60 million for 950 small businesses so far and counting!


We have not had a claim rejected or materially down-graded in this time. All our competent professionals attend the company’s (officially 3CPD point verified) R&D Tax Relief training. Our Directors have also trained accountants, civil servants and agency staff on behalf of the Intellectual Property Office on the scheme.


We have 20 permanent staff based in our Ashford offices. We don't use subcontractors or self-employed consultants (except for one) all our staff are part of the company. They are solely dedicated to seeing through around 300 R&D tax relief claims for our clients every year.


Margaret Connolly MA, FCA, CTA (Advisory board member and Consulting Partner)

Margaret trained at Coopers & Lybrand (London), is a fellow Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. She was previously Head of UK Taxation for Unilever plc and has been a Senior Tax Manager at both Deloittes and KPMG, leading large teams on Owner Managed Business and Corporate Tax projects both nationally and internationally. Margaret is recognised as one of the country’s leading minds on corporate tax matters.

Sue Nelson BA(Hons), MBA, FIoD

Sue is an experienced CEO and Fellow of the Institute of Directors. She was one of four non-executive members on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Department for Communities and Local Government for six years giving audit assurance to the Permanent Secretary (Sir Peter Housden and later Lord Kerslake). She has advised ministers, sat on government advisory committees and given evidence at select committees. She is the author of two books “The Accountants Guide to R&D Tax Relief” and “The Definitive Guide to R&D Tax Credits”. She is also the Founder and Head of TLA’s FoodTech Group and a regular presenter on The FoodTalk Show. 

Brady Last BA(Hons), MIoD

Brady began as the Technical Director in the business and was promoted to Managing Director in 2017. She is the lead technical expert on the R&D tax relief scheme and trains our accountant partners on the R&D tax legislation. She has previously worked on site as a consultant at Ernst and Young, Enron Europe and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Steve Griffiths MA

Steve was formerly the Commander for Fire and Rescue Services for North and East Kent and Station Commander for the Channel Tunnel. He was the National Fire and Rescue Service lead on the Prime Minister’s Challenge Group for Dementia. Before joining Breakthrough Funding he was Programme manager for Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s new build programme including the design of the UK’s first road safety centre. He is the company’s lead engineering and security professional.


Breakthrough Funding Ltd conduct R&D tax relief claims on behalf of many respected chartered accounting practices including;

  • McBrides Chartered Accountants
  • Magee Gammon Chartered Accountants
  • Beresfords Chartered Accountants
  • OBS Accountants
  • Blue Rocket Accounting
  • Aspirations Accountancy
  • Synergee Accounting



We believe in maximising our client’s claim within the boundaries of the legislation and guidelines, but in all matters our stance is to be prudent and reasonable. In any areas of uncertainty, we seek guidance from R&D tax inspectors. Our position is not to debate the meaning of the legislation or guidance but to implement HMRC’s preferred interpretation.


The Breakthrough Group is a social impact business, putting ‘profit for purpose’ at the centre of our thinking. 

We're here to help innovators get back government money for the amazing work they do. We're also here to help small businesses become great big ones be signposting them to other sources of funding, guidance or help. 

We are a responsible corporate citizen too; we have won awards for our ethical employment practices and we hold the Planet Mark to ensure our environmental impact is kept to a minimum.