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Although we are proud winners of the Best Independent Tax Consultancy 2019 at the Tolley's Awards, Breakthrough Funding is not an accountancy practice and has no aspirations to be one. We specialise in writing technical reports for R&D tax relief claims and valuing the innovation costs involved. That’s it. We've even written a book called "The Accountants Guide to R&D Tax Relief".

We don’t ask our clients to sign a 64.8 so we’re not their official agent and we don’t do tax calcs, give tax advice (ever) or submit their corporation tax returns. All we ask is for a letter of authority so we can talk to HMRC about their R&D tax credit claim only (mostly chasing them to get our clients paid!). We have absolutely no wish to interfere with an accountant’s relationship with their client. We’re simply a specialist R&D tax relief company that works closely with accountants. We believe this adds value to your services. 

Our accountancy partners include; Magee Gammon, Crowe Clark Whitehill, McBrides, Blue Rocket Accounting, Aspirations Accountancy and Beresfords. 

Our key technical staff include:

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 legislaiton. She has previously worked on site as a consultant at Ernst and Yound, 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.

For more information on how we help accountants, click here to go through to our Breakthrough Partners website. 


No and no.

As stated by HMRC: “R&D tax credits are a tax relief designed to encourage greater R&D spending, leading in turn to greater investment in innovation. They work by reducing a company's taxable income by an amount equal to a percentage of the company’s allowable R&D expenditure. Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) can also claim a payable credit if they are loss-making.”

In the report “The Evaluation of Research and Development Tax Credit” published by HM Revenue and Customs in March 2015, their evaluation shows that for each £1 of R&D tax relief given, it generates between £1.53 and £2.35 of expenditure. Therefore, all sides of the political spectrum across government are keen to embrace the R&D tax relief scheme and encourage as many SMEs as possible to apply.

However, a survey carried out by Management Today shows that 94% of companies consider innovation a high or medium priority but only 20% of these claim R&D tax relief. The main reason stated by these eligible companies who do not apply, is their lack of understanding of the R&D tax credit incentive and numerous misconceptions around it. The report goes on to state that 47% of businesses that get an R&D payment hire new staff.

It is really important to our economy to encourage SMEs to apply. As an accountancy practice, if you feel you don’t have the internal expertise to carry out claims, please ask us to become a partner. We’re happy to do this for a short period until your team acquire the skills themselves and become self-sufficient, or we can come in and do free R&D tax relief training (it’s got 3 CPD points too). Why do we do this for free? Because we're a 'profit for purpose' company and for us it’s more important that a company claims R&D money at all, than who carries it out for them.