Smart Innovation Hub – Keele University

Managing Tax, a Key Tool in Surviving the Covid-19 Shutdown.

Managing tax, a key tool in surviving the Covid-19 shutdown. Hosted by Keele University & Dains Accountants.

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Andrew Bentley

Commercial Services Partner - Dains.

Andrew gained his professional qualification in 1997. He has spent his career assisting businesses and their owners in developing and...

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interpreting key financial information to aid decision making.

Andrew and his team are dealing with all accounting matters including the production of up to date management accounts and cash flow forecasting, including the impact of Cov-19 and available support such as the Job Retention Scheme on future trading.

Ann Diggins

Taxation Partner - Dains.

Ann has specialised in taxation advice for almost 20 years. Ann and her team focus on ensuring businesses and their owners are...

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as tax efficient as possible through corporation tax and income tax planning. During this period, the team have dedicated their expertise to ensuring businesses are up to date with available means of preserving cash; liaising with HMRC on deferment and Time to Pay arrangements.

Ann is also encouraging other business who have not previously made a claim to consider their eligibility for reliefs such as R&D Tax Credits. Ann can also help with questions regarding Self-Employment Income Support Scheme & Statutory Sick Pay Rebate.

Daran Harding

Business Development Director - Dains.

Daran joined Dains in 2018 after a successful 30-year career in the banking sector. Along with our corporate finance team...

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Daran is working with businesses to source the most appropriate funding and best quality applications during this period. This is being facilitated by not just working with their current provider, but also through access to a wider lending platform. This includes the Business Interruption Loan Scheme and grant funding opportunities.
Dr Nick Gostick

Director of the Smart Innovation Hub.

Nick joined Keele University just over a year ago as Director of the Smart Innovation Hub and Head of Keele University Science and Innovation Park...

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(continued) Nick's career has focussed on the interface between business and academia and he has worked at a number of universities, most recently Birmingham and Warwick, been a founding director of 12 Innovation led startup businesses and was part of the team that created the BioCity Nottingham bioincubator.

Annette Shipley

Entrepreneur in Residence - MCIL

Annette has 35 years of experience running businesses and as a board executive in a wide range of sectors including public...

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(continued), private and employee ownership sectors.

Along with four others she established a company back in 1990 growing it from four to 5,000 employees over 20 years with a final turnover of £350m. For the last eight years, Annette has run her own business and worked with over 40 SME’s and large corporates as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele University Business School. 

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