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NAO report highlights need for Government to champion R&D tax incentives
James Tetley

14 February 2020

James Tetley, national head of R&D at RSM, comments on today's report from the National Audit Office on the management of tax expenditures.

Tourist tax consultation set to close, but what could the impact be?
Stuart McCallum

29 November 2019

The outcome of the ‘tourist tax’ consultation will be eagerly watched by many in the leisure and hospitality sectors. But this concern also stretches across into the food and drink sector which has embraced the appeal of provenance for Scottish brands and the sector has expanded in the experiential with activities, such as whisky and gin distillery tours.

R&D tax relief claims rise by over 20 per cent
James Tetley

10 October 2019

New statistics from HMRC have revealed that there was a 22 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of claims for research and development (R&D) tax credits submitted by companies in 2017-18, with the level of support provided rising by 26 per cent.

Proposed 25 per cent tariffs is a blow to the scotch whisky sector
Stuart McCallum

03 October 2019

The latest announcement to move towards a 25 per cent tariff between the EU and US on scotch whisky is a significant blow for the sector, which has been somewhat caught in the cross fire of retaliation regarding the Airbus WTO ruling.

R&D cash back – substantial delays

20 September 2019

Companies are experiencing considerable delays in HMRC's processing of payable R&D credit claims. These delays could impact on future investment by companies into further innovation, impacting companies’ financial results and the growth of the wider economy.

Research, development and innovation in the food and drink sector
Stuart McCallum

12 September 2019

In this webinar, Stuart McCallum and James Tetley, two RSM partners whose sector experience has been built over many years by serving the needs of their food and drink clients, talk through the innovation trends currently taking place in the industry and give some examples of how some of these activities can qualify for R&D tax relief.

It's boomtime for Scottish tourism but will the good times last?
Stuart McCallum

06 June 2019

Last year, Scotland welcomed a record number of international visitors, domestic tourism ticked upwards and total overnight stays rose by a healthy 3 per cent. But while the latest visitor numbers from Visit Scotland are encouraging, tourist spending is down and new threats are coming into view.

R&D tax relief reforms risk stifling innovation in small firms, RSM warns
James Tetley

24 May 2019

New proposals designed to prevent abuse of the R&D tax relief regime risk disincentivising small businesses from undertaking genuine R&D activity, RSM has warned.

Food labelling ‘no-deal’ advice raises more questions for the sector
Mark Nisbett

08 February 2019

Mark Nisbett and Stuart McCallum, partners at RSM, comment on the Government’s newly published no deal Brexit advice on food and drink labelling.

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