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Andrew England - Menzies Accountant

Andy England – Business Tax Partner

Businesses need appropriate funding to survive and to grow and this is true whatever stage your business is in.   

Every business has different funding requirements so there is no one size fits all approach instead any solution encompasses a wide range of considerations.  

This includes consideration of how to obtain and structure any funding, for example considering asset backed lending or debt funding versus equity investment, reviewing opportunities for tax efficient share structuring including whether tax favourable investment incentives such as EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) and SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) could be utilised.     

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However, beyond traditional methods of finance there are a range of other financial management angles to fund a successful business. For example, identifying available grants, reviewing tax reliefs such as R&D tax credits and actively managing the working capital cycle which can reduce funding requirements.  

Business mergers, acquisitions and disposals give rise to specific funding requirements and tax considerations.  Obtaining advice as early as possible is key to ensuring all options are considered and any transaction can be structured in a way that manages the costs.

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