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Prepare Your Business

Give your business the very best chance of success by reading the checklists below. We explain what should be in place throughout the journey, so you can plan ahead.

The British Business Bank checklists can help your business prepare for your equity investment journey.

Research and Development Tax Relief

Advisers are all alike, right? Not quite. At Cooper Parry we fly in the face of convention; we look to Disrupt, Lead and Make Life Count. This is how we see the world, and it’s why we’ve been hailed ‘the rebels of accountancy’. We build relationships with our clients that break the mould. And we’re never afraid to give our opinion. Why? Because that’s how we’ll help you to flourish financially, and free up your time to get the most out of life.

Our R&D tax team, led in the Solent Region by Jonny Brewster, specialises in helping growing businesses that design / develop / improve products or processes to obtain cash repayments from HMRC, to help accelerate their growth journey, build headcount sooner and bring ideas to market quicker.

https://cooperparry.com/research-and-development-tax-credit

Research and Development Expenditure Credit

Advisers are all alike, right? Not quite. At Cooper Parry we fly in the face of convention; we look to Disrupt, Lead and Make Life Count. This is how we see the world, and it’s why we’ve been hailed ‘the rebels of accountancy’. We build relationships with our clients that break the mould. And we’re never afraid to give our opinion. Why? Because that’s how we’ll help you to flourish financially, and free up your time to get the most out of life.

Our R&D tax team, led in the Solent Region by Jonny Brewster, specialises in helping growing businesses that design / develop / improve products or processes to obtain cash repayments from HMRC, to help accelerate their growth journey, build headcount sooner and bring ideas to market quicker. Claimant companies can get up to c10% of their expenditure back as a reduction in their corporation tax bill or as a cash rebate.

Research & Development

Rural Communities Fund 2018-19

The Rural Communities Fund supports Parish Councils, groups and organisations in rural Hampshire and small market towns. The priorities of the scheme are to build community resilience and encourage self-help. Applications are welcome to support three specific themes as well as general projects or initiatives supporting the scheme priorities. Community-led flood alleviation, Countryside access, Rural retailers and community enterprises and Other (e.g. supporting vulnerable and older people; supporting innovative transport solutions to access services).
We typically fund up to a maximum of £5,000, although larger grants are available to support applications for community-led flood alleviation schemes and retailer and community enterprise schemes (typically up to £10,000).
Contact us to discuss your project ideas before making an application and we can advise if it will be eligible
Email: ruralcommunitiesfund@hants.gov.uk

Social Enterprise Investment Fund II

The Big Issue Invest Social Enterprise Investment Fund II LP (SEIF II) is the successor to SEIF I, our first social impact investment fund launched in 2010, and now fully committed having invested over £8 million into 21 social enterprises.

SEIF II supports ambitious social enterprises and charities with sustainable business models looking to grow and extend their social impact.  The Fund offers repayable finance of between £250,000 and £3 million for growth, working capital and capital expenditure purposes.

Solent Leadership Academy

The Solent Leadership Academy hold monthly boardroom sessions that bring together non-competing companies to focus on improving leadership skills. Offering you the chance to:

  • See the ROI of leadership development activity in your business
  • Inspire your team to increase performance
  • Learn from other non-competing companies what works and what doesn’t
  • Invest your development budget to increase the capability of your team

Aimed at Directors and Managers within tech led businesses, from various sectors, located in Hampshire, employing 3-50 people.
Looking to scale, grow and/or optimise profitability.
Typically turning over £300k to £2 Million.

Solent Prosperity Fund: Start Up Solent

If you are setting out on that journey with ambitions to run your own business, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is here to help. We can help you access a comprehensive range of assistance, including grant aid, loans, investment support, networking and pointers to other dedicated sources of help. We want to hear from you if are a start-up with a business plan predicated on high growth and you are in search of advice and support on capital investment.

Spotcap Unsecured Business Loans

Spotcap provides loans to profitable businesses that have been operating for at least three years, with a minimum turnover of £500k. Most businesses use a Spotcap loan to bridge a cashflow gap, purchase stock or inventory, or to refurbish premises.
Spotcap provides funding to businesses in all sectors, accept for construction, property and real estate.

Student Placement and Employability Centre

We are seeking placements in all sectors and industries, for students from the Faculty of Technology, which covers areas such as computing, maths, physics and engineering. Companies get free range to select their preferred candidates, and the student becomes a full time employee of the company on a fixed term contract.
The Student Placement and Employability Centre in the Faculty of Technology can advise on procedures and how a student may fit in to, and provide benefit to, your organisation – including creating a graduate pipeline, the potential for ongoing succession planning, a point of contact with the University, cost effective short term resource and up to date, technical knowledge and innovative thinking.

The team also provides free of charge advertising and recruitment administration services to help facilitate the process, to make recruiting a student stress free.

For further details please contact Emily Parry, Placement and Employability Manager, at tech.placements@port.ac.uk.