Sussex Coastal towns – a hotbed of Tech & Creative businesses
28th November 2016
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The Sussex coast is proving to attract growing numbers of businesses within the creative sector over the last few years, to the point where key coastal towns such as Eastbourne & Hastings are ranking high for the number of creative businesses being established.

Industrial clustering occurs when many companies from a certain sector locate to the same place. This generates a networking ground for where these companies can easily share information and institutions can support the growth of the industry in that location.

This can be enormously beneficial to the region as it can generate new jobs through the injection of a variety of workers with differing skillsets.

Sussex’s entrepreneurship is flourishing, particularly in the creative tech sectors such as digital design and gaming.

Details produced by Nesta and Creative England earlier this year show that Eastbourne has 969 creative firms based within the town whilst Hastings has 654 creative companies.

A true sense of community within the creative tech sector in Eastbourne and Hastings is developing with local businesses collaborating with one another as well as working closely with local organisations, giving the region a strong competitive edge.

Same sector enterprises that collect in the same geographical location quickly begin to see the perks of operating in the same location for networking when they establish informal business relations through social networking.

More importantly these businesses begin to reap these benefits when they establish more formal relationships through supplying and buying from one another and collaborating on Research and Development (R&D) projects.

Research and Development plays an instrumental role in the success of many businesses, particularly those within the creative sector. 

Huge amounts of money go unclaimed by businesses every year either through missing opportunities to claim, or underclaims for R&D Tax Relief. R&D Tax Relief exists to encourage businesses to invest in R&D spending with the aim of supporting a company’s investment in innovation. 

If a company is liable for Corporation Tax, they could be claiming the Tax Relief which will significantly reduce their tax bill by a percentage of their allowable R&D expenditure.

If, however their innovation spend has created a tax loss, the company can surrender the losses arising from their R&D Spend for an R&D Tax Credit. The Tax Credit is given in the form of cash by HM Revenue & Customs, fancy that.

Contact our team of Research and Development Tax Relief specialists today and see how much Cooden Tax Consulting could be saving your company in R&D tax relief. 

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Simon Bulteel - Cooden Tax Consulting

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Simon Bulteel is the owner and Managing Director of Cooden Tax Consulting, a division of Cooden Consulting Limited. A niche tax consultancy specialising in Research and Development Tax Relief, Patent Box...

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