BDO LLP - David Brookes
BDO LLP is the world’s fifth largest accountancy firm and has 15 offices in the UK with 220 partners and 3,000 staff. David is a tax partner heading up the firm’s specialist team advising on tax efficient investments and particularly the EIS and VCT schemes. David co-authored the Tolleys/Tottel book Venture Capital Taxes” and wrote the “Plus Markets (previously Ofex) Tax Guide”. David represents the CBI on the Tax Law Re-write project in relation to the EIS and VCT tax legislation. David’s clients include company’s raising finance (particularly those floating on AIM), individuals seeking to benefit from tax reliefs and investment banks and other product providers who are raising funds. David splits his time between BDO’s Reading and London offices.”
Brown Butler - Robert Solyom
Brown Butler is a major independent firm of Chartered Accountants based in Leeds. Established 100 years this year, the firm comprises six partners and approximately 80 staff. We have been members of the EISA since 1991 and active in the provision of advice relating to SEIS/EIS since the inception of the schemes, having earned a reputation as expert in this increasingly complex area. Our focus is typically on smaller and medium sized companies. We have helped to establish many new start up companies under the umbrella of SEIS/EIS and to ensure that individuals investing in existing businesses qualify for SEIS/EIS relief. We also advise companies to ensure that they continue to be qualifying companies under the schemes and to ensure that SEIS/EIS relief is never lost. SEIS/EIS is inevitably a key part of the thinking that is built into our tax planning concerning the capital raising activities of our private company clients and we will always endeavour to use this valuable source of tax relief wherever possible.
Chiene & Tait - Neil Norman
With offices in Edinburgh, London, Inverness and Glasgow our team of 10 Partners and over 140 staff provide technical support on accounting and tax matters across a range of sectors and services. Neil Norman and his Entrepreneurial Tax Team support start-ups, entrepreneurs and angel investors with expert advice on business structuring, planning and tax reliefs. The Team was awarded “Tax Team of the Year” at the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Scottish Accountancy Awards.
Our dedicated Entrepreneurial Group comprises experts from across Chiene + Tait including Business Support, Corporate Finance, Tax, Audit and Payroll. For entrepreneurs we provide business structuring, exit strategy, share schemes, equity structuring, Research and Development tax relief, and sources of funding. For investors we provide advice in Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax reliefs and Venture Capital Trust (VCT) tax reliefs, deal advice and consultations.
We were delighted to be Highly Commended in the category of “Best EIS Tax Advisor”at the EIS Association Awards, for the last three years running. We remain the only team based in Scotland to have ever received this recognition. Neil Norman was awarded for achieving the Best Result in the EIS Diploma at last year’s EIS Association Awards.