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< The beta blog | 25 Mar 2015

Video games developers are taking steps to secure a new tax relief

The BFI recently confirmed that video games developers have applied for “culturally British” certificates for 23 new video games in 2014. This status allows games to qualify for a generous 20% cash credit on the development activities for that game. The new relief w

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< The beta blog | 23 Mar 2015

Teaching elephants to salsa

During the past few years we have seen a number of examples of extreme company growth from start-ups. Uber, Airbnb, Facebook and Spotify are examples who have gone from nothing to billion-pound valuations in 3-5 years. These companies are fast moving and agile, unlike a

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< The beta blog | 19 Mar 2015

The digital transformation of the UK economy

One in ten workers in central London are doing jobs that did not exist in 1990, mostly linked to new digital technologies. And this number is set to rise further according to recent research we’ve done in association with Dr Carl Benedikt Frey of the Oxford Martin Sch

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< The beta blog | 16 Mar 2015

Cash credits for television production are boosting the UK’s thriving creative industries

Recently published statistics have shown that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £76.9bn per year to the UK economy, or a staggering £8.8m per hour! Investment in the UK’s creative industries has been boosted by a number of very valuable tax reliefs,

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< The beta blog | 13 Mar 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security Part 2: Identifying risk in the portfolio

Identifying cyber security threats to a private equity portfolio is a wide-ranging and challenging task. However, with losses to corporates in the UK running to £27 billion annually according to the Cabinet Office, it is a task worth undertaking for private equity firm

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< The beta blog | 10 Mar 2015

R&D – keeping pace with development in a digital environment

The digital age provides companies with increasing flexibility on where to undertake R&D and locate intellectual property (IP). Governments around the world are aware that R&D operates in a competitive global marketplace and are increasingly introducing incentiv

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< The beta blog | 09 Mar 2015

Private equity and Cyber Security: The 3 Weak Points of the General Partner

If you are a private equity general partner, and not directly involved in cyber security, you may well be astonished by how frequent, how persistent and how well organised cyber attacks are. You may well also be surprised that a private equity general partner – as wel

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< The beta blog | 06 Mar 2015

The new digital age: are charities ready for disruption?

"To disrupt or to be disrupted. That is the question". OK, if Shakespeare were alive today, he might not have said those exact words but all charities, large or small, need to be asking themselves that same question.

In a previous blog, we talked through the opportunities

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< The beta blog | 04 Mar 2015

Tax challenges in the digital age - the UK patent box

In the digital age, businesses will undoubtedly be heavily invested in intellectual property (IP). This shifting focus towards IP rich enterprise means that the traditional tax profile of business has morphed to present a whole new suite of issues and opportunities.


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< The beta blog | 03 Mar 2015

Getting strategic about China

As the Technology sponsor at the GREAT Festival of Creativity event here in Shanghai, we’re encouraging delegates to test the ‘digital fitness’ of their organisation through our online tool. British businesses entering the Chinese market or working with Chinese pa

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