MERLIN ICT Meet-Up: Cash Incentives to Foster Innovation

Date and Time: Thursday, 30 January 2020; 16:00 kick off
Venue: The Square Café , St John’s Innovation Centre

Delivered in partnership with KPMG, this fast-paced meet-up will provide a hands-on insight into Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits, a valuable source of cash for companies to invest in accelerating their R&D and grow.

KPMG form one of the big four accounting organisations, providing professional services around the globe. Operating from their office in the heart of Cambridge, KPMG delivers a range of services to clients in both the public and private sectors.

We’re delighted to confirm that David Taylor, Head of Private Capital, Cambridge and Lead for Innovation Reliefs and Incentives, will be our Guest Speaker. David is a tax senior manager in the Cambridge office and leads KPMG’s Innovation Reliefs and Incentives team in the region. David works with many privately owned and private equity backed businesses across a range of industries and also works with a large number of technology and life sciences companies where he assists them in making R&D tax incentive claims and Patent Box claims. He has been assisting companies of all sizes make claims for nearly 20 years.

Why attend?

Understand a complex topic and learn how it can help your business

If you’re spending money on your innovation, find out how you can make an R&D Tax Credit claim to receive either a cash payment and/or Tax reduction

Hear from leading experts in the field

Opportunity for a 1-2-1 meeting to discuss your needs in greater detail

This event is part of a wider Merlin ICT programme. To find out more, please visit


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16:00 Networking over refreshments

16:30 Introduction to SJIC Sundowners and Guest Speakers by David Gill, St John's Innovation Centre

16:35 David Taylor, KPMG, “Cash Incentives to Foster Innovation”

17:35 Q&A and further networking

About KPMG

KPMG local presence and knowledge is reinforced by being able to access their international network where they have the ability to utilise the strength and depth of their global firm. KPMG works with early stage businesses, family owned concerns, AIM and fully listed international entities and they are delighted to have a significant number of key regional companies amongst their clients.

With over 140 staff in the region KPMG draws on their experience to advise clients on: Audit, Tax, Pensions, and Advisory services. Given its location, KPMG Cambridge office is a centre of excellence for technology, providing specialised expertise in this sector sitting alongside a broader client base across the farming, food, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors.

Given the diverse range of the their client base both in terms of size and sector KPMG is well placed to help as businesses come to grips with the challenges facing them. As the importance of East Anglia to the UK economy grows, KPMG is proud of the role they have played in working with and advising local clients and their continued commitment to providing proactive, professional advice to businesses across the region.

About MERLIN project

MERLIN (Methodologies for Researcher Led Innovations) will support market-oriented researchers, SMEs and start-ups across Europe, to consider the full potential of their research and to shape ideas and outputs into innovations to be ready for market validation and commercialisation, by using modern needs-first, market-led methodologies.

MERLIN has been funded in the context of the Innovation Radar initiative of the European Commission, under the Digital Single Market strategy.