Making innovation pay

Published on: 20 July 2016

Alumnus and Tax Specialist, Graham Heydon is assisting Centre businesses with R&D tax credits.

With so many innovative tech companies based at our centres, we are delighted to present a new member of our business expert panel – one who can help you recover research and development (R&D) costs.

Graham Heydon is a Senior Tax Manager at ‘2016 Best Independent Consultancy - Taxation Awards’ ForrestBrown.

ForrestBrown, who are local to the South West, help innovative businesses grow. They do this by ensuring clients are properly claiming the generous R&D tax credit which the government offers to businesses that conduct R&D.

In the last 18 months, Graham has personally generated over £10 million for his clients, and he is keen to offer his assistance to businesses at the Innovation Centre and the Exeter Science Park Centre.

Graham is no stranger to Exeter. He is a University of Exeter alumnus, having studied Economics here (when he wasn’t captaining the Men’s Fencing Team and hanging out in the Ram). Since graduating, Graham has gained extensive taxation experience and qualifications. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and has worked for Ernst & Young and Baker Tilly, as well as ForrestBrown.

“Having seen the transformative effect that R&D tax credits have on my clients up and down the country, I am excited about returning to the city to help the innovative companies in Exeter. There is some really clever science and tech going on here and I look forward to advising entrepreneurs and business owners on how they can ensure they are getting what they are entitled to from the R&D tax credit scheme.”

Graham will be based within Canopy at Exeter Science Park one or two days a month and will attend our business breakfasts, so grab him for a chat when you see him or arrange a meeting in advance.

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