Winners List

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Wensleydale Dental
Company: Wensleydale Dental Practice
Name: Patrik and Marina Zachrisson
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.wensleydaledental.co.uk
Address: 11 George Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3BD
Telephone: 01480 453003

Patent Attorney of the Year 2017 (Florida)
Company: Daniel Law Offices, P.A.
Name: Jason T. Daniel, Esq.
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.danielpatents.com
Address: 605 E. Robinson St.  suite 100 Orlando, FL 32801
Telephone: 407-841-8375

Attorney of the Year 2017 – Louisiana
Company: Law Office of John Redmann, LLC
Name: Edward Moreno
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.redmannlaw.com
Address: 1101 Westbank Expressway, Gretna, LA   70053
Telephone: 504-433-5550  x  103

Attorney of the Year – Wyoming
Company: Lubnau Law Office, PC
Name: DaNece Day
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.etseq.com  
Address: 300 South Gillette Avenue, Suite 2000, Gillette, WY  82716
Telephone: 307-682-1313

Attorney of the Year – New York
Company: Law Offices of Eldon L. Looby
Name: Eldon L. Looby, Esq.
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.loobylaw.com
Address: 5 Penn Plaza, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10001-1738
Telephone: (646) 626-5252

Attorney of the Year 2017 – Washington
David Iannotti
Company: Stewart MacNichols Harmell, LLC., P.S.
655 West Smith Street
Kent, WA 98032
Tel (253)859-8840
Fax (253)859-2213
www.sbmhlaw.com

 

Award: Finest in Business 2017
Company: SKU Cloud
Name: Bertie Stephens, Co Founder and CEO
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: https://www.skucloud.co.uk/
Address:  SKU Cloud, Metropolitan Wharf, 70 Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SS
Telephone: (0)207 502 8241
 

Marketing Officer of the Year
Company: Opus Consulting
Name: Ashish Raina
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.opusconsulting.com
Address: Opus Consulting Solutions Inc.
1300 E Woodfield Rd, Suite 308
Schaumburg, IL 60173
United States of America
Telephone: +1 – 630 – 635 – 2933

First Class Distribution

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TCIEXPRESS is a specialist and leader in express distribution in India. The entire spectrum of services comprising domestic and international air, e-commerce, priority and reverse express services to the consumers’ fingertips. Award winning Managing Director, Mr Chander Agarwal chats to us about how he has contributed to the business.

The history of TCIEXPRESS can be traced to 1958 when one man, one truck and one office came up in Calcutta, India. It may not have been a very inspiring effort but clearly the small fledgling was destined for bigger things. It was not long before it grew into a company of substance, and later still, into one of India’s leading Express transportation, and logistics provider with a global presence.

Today, it has spawned into a multi-office, multi-vehicle organisation with reach in 202 countries and the ability to service 670 of India’s 675 districts. There are more than 2,000 skilled personnel and a slew of initiatives that make TCIEXPRESS a powerful brand.

Known in the country for on-time delivery services, TCIEXPRESS makes it a reality by following well-connected routes for prompt movement of cargo through a hub-and-spoke distribution model. The company services clients across all industry verticals such as automobile, pharmaceuticals, retail, electrical and energy, telecom, engineering, and e-commerce industry to name a few.

According to Chander, the logistics industry has evolved over the years. He examines how he thinks the industry has altered since TCIExpress was founded and how this has affected business.

“One of the shifts that I have seen is in the adoption of technology. I think the industry has moved beyond the old practices and has become much more organised. There is still a large scope for automation, robotics, and IIOT which I see becoming a daily requirement of the industry. We ourselves have invested heavily in technology and this becomes our differentiator among others.

“Additionally, the new age businesses such as e-commerce have grown so rapidly across the world that it is difficult to imagine a world now without it. Given liberalisation, the government’s efforts to improve infrastructure and connectivity and increasing ease of doing business in India, I see much more happening in the near and distant future. We are getting future ready too and will strive to maintain our leadership position in the market.”

“The industry is going through an exciting phase. The rise of e-commerce and online platforms are boosting demand and generating the constant urgency for mass delivery of products. The market for logistics is definitely growing at an exponential pace and will continue for the next few years.

“Having said that I also foresee certain challenges in the current environment which might hamper the growth of the industry. Firstly, the infrastructure needs to be strengthened and modernized provisioning huge demands. Secondly, some players still adhere to the conventional mode of operations which affects overall industry growth. They will need to adopt the next practices in order to be compliant and adept with changing global norms.”
Chander believes that technology is important to maintain the highest standards, however overall in the sector it is not always used efficiently and effectively.

“I feel technology is inadequate in this sector. Other industries have understood the need for automation and have started deploying advanced technologies such as robotics, Internet of Things to name a few. We should understand the need of the hour and adapt to these models to be future ready now.

“At TCI Express, we believe technology is a significant pillar that we need to quickly adopt in our industry. Industry estimates suggest that globally the use of UAV’s or drones in the sector is estimated to grow between $1.2 and $1.5 billion by 2020. This certainly provides an enormous window of opportunity for logistics service providers to grow in their respective geographies. Technology is a pivotal enabler for the progress of any industry and with the right regulations formulated, they can be a formidable combination for success.”

With regards to his own career, Chander speaks about his background and what challenges emerged when starting out in business.

“Coming from a business family, it was only imperative that I first learned the threads of the business. The business acumen was already inherited but before taking the leap at the top, I started my journey started with Transfreight USA, a 3PL specializing in lean logistics, primarily for Toyota Motor Vehicles USA to learn the business challenges.

“Working outside the family business has given me an ‘outside-inside’ view of the business and has helped to gain valuable intelligence on the business. After Transfreight, I came back to join as Joint Managing Director of the TCI Group where I was responsible for growing TCI’s presence in emerging economies like Brazil, Indonesia, and Africa as well as set up best practices for the company. This again helped me to gain subsequent knowledge to build a separate business entity altogether as a Managing Director.

“Every stage of my professional life has been a different learning curve and addressing these challenges through them have enabled better judgement and vision. Usually when one inherits a business, it’s not easy to live up to the expectations laid out owing to the earlier generation’s success; here I first learnt the tricks of the trade outside and then returned enriched with knowledge and skills to address them back in India. Looking at The changing dynamics of the India Logistic Industry, I created TCIExpress as one of the fastest and reliable express distribution business.”

Aside from the challenges he has overcome, he also lists his father as the person who has inspired him by instilling some key principles into him from a young age as Chander explains.
“I think the attribute that makes me a successful managing director are firstly compassion and strong morals which I have inherited from my father who has always been my inspiration. I have seen him as an honest, principled and visionary leader who has won love and earned respect over the years. He inspired me to evolve to a leader and lessons learnt from him will continue to hold good even for the future. Vision is that one key ingredient without which we can never be able to look at the future.”

Heading into the future, Chander expresses his thoughts on the intended goals of the business.
“We aspire to grow with timely investments. We are nimble, agile, prepared and are always evolving. I see myself as among the change makers of this industry and earning my respect as a valued industry leader. I think we are headed for an interesting time in the industry and the logistic sector is one of the key pillars that contribute to the GDP of the country’s economy. It will be quite exciting to see how the industry transforms post the implementation of GST.”

Company: TCI EXPRESS LIMITED
Name: Mr Chander Agarwal
Web Address: www.tciexpress.in
Address: TCI House, 69, Institutional Area, Sector-32, Gurgaon-122007(Haryana) (India) Telephone: +91 8860763272

Room with a View

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Opening in 2013, The Landing Resort & Spa is thriving with a plethora of clients. The resort caters for both families and business clients, whilst offering the highest levels of customer service. Henri Birmele, General Manager, gives us an insight into the hotels success.

Situated on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, the Landing Resort & Spa is a family owned business offering exceptional accommodations and the region’s highest guest service levels. All of the 77 guest rooms feature a gas fireplace, and most have lake views. As a European luxury lifestyle hotel, The Landing Resort & Spa has a lot to offer clients as Henri, General Manager, explains.

“Inside our resort lies countless luxury amenities including marble bathrooms with heated toilet seats, heated bathroom floors and towel warmers as well as high thread count linens,” says Henri. “All rooms have wall mounted 55inch TV’s, plush terry robes, Keurig coffee service, luxury contemporary European furniture, fireplaces and private decks. As well as accommodation, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a treatment in one of our four calming rooms which only uses organic and natural spa products.

“My role as a general manager is to make sure that that my team assures every interaction with our guests are curated, organic and personalized for a memorable experience and make sure that all the details of their stay are cared for by interacting with our guests every day. Our clients range from families, corporate clients and even, celebrity guests.”

The Landing Resort and Spa uses an internal and external guest concept. Henri explains how the resort uses as much information about each guest in order to maximise the guests experience and ensure their guests enjoy a comfortable stay.

“Working with my team in an organic, internal guest and external guest concept, allows us to deliver exceptional service. Collecting as much information about our guest in advance allows to custom curate our guest’s stay. We focus on anticipating our guest’s needs and demands to go above and beyond with personalized attention to detail. Guests feel pampered and cared for, which is ultimately what we want our approach to achieve.”

The staff at the resort always aims to provide the best possible service to guests. This is done through expert ‘on the job’ training. Henri stresses the importance of staff at the company.
“Each of our associates are encouraged and thought to make decisions to assure our guest’s expectations are exceeded with every interaction they have. Giving the team the tools not only to make decisions but also to make it happen, is the key for us. We ensure everyone in the business is aware of our company aims. This is done with continuing training amongst other things. Guest feedback/surveys and sharing such with everyone. Communication and “on the job training is part of the process. We use guest feedback and surveys in order to cultivate a positive and constructive environment for staff to work in.”

As well as families and celebrity clientele, the resort and spa accommodates business professionals and corporate events. Business and corporate clientele have two meeting rooms available as well as a business centre. There is access to a variety of high tech equipment for any meeting requirement as well as WIFI throughout the resort. In addition, the hotel boasts a great number of local associates that can arrange any activity in Lake Tahoe all year round.

The Landing Resort and Spa has always followed their own path and tried to stay true to their brand. Guests expectations have not changed much and the resort always aims to provide an inclusive experience with plenty of personal interaction from staff. One change which is evident in the industry however, is the importance of technology. The hotel has an efficient and stable IT infrastructure in place whilst corporate clients usually have a range of devices at their disposal.

The future looks bright for the resort as Henri tells us what makes the establishment unique in the hospitality industry. “Our spa and in-room amenities include high end products like Eminence and Epicuren. In addition, our exceptional service by our team, from the front of the house to the back of the house.” These reasons make a visit to the Landing Resort and Spa a unique and relaxing experience.

Company: The Landing Resort and Spa
Name: Henri Birmele
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.thelandingtahoe.com

Making A Splash

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As well as being a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides also advises clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility studies and park operations.

Managing Director, Annette Matthews tells us how the company has become a leading designer in the waterpark and leisure industry around the world. “Our mission is to bring clean, healthy fun to people of all ages. Safe, outdoor, active and healthy play is provided to families when they enjoy the waterslides and water play equipment designed and supplied by Australian Waterslides & Leisure.

The needs of the client are established at the design stage before any site work occurs. Keeping in close contact with the client and giving progress reports ensures a good end result. Having and keeping to a scheduled finish date is also a key to a successful project.” Before swimming head first into a project, Australian Waterslides ensures that they have good scheduling and planning in order to carry out their work effectively and on time. Annette discusses the approach to their work and how their latest projects will be completed.

“Good planning, scheduling work so as to maximise productivity and minimise down time, checking budgets against purchased goods, ensuring all OHS and Management plans are in place. Using skilled and reliable sub-contractors, keeping in close contact with client and giving progress reports. Having and keeping to a scheduled finish date. For their projects, Australian Waterslides ensures it uses the latest technology, with Annette explaining, “we use design technology in the form of a software program specifically written to design safe but exciting waterslides.

We use high quality, raw materials that are UV resistant to the Australian sun. We use the latest technology equipment to manufacture our product and installation techniques that ensure the slide is smooth, functional and safe.” Australian Waterslides’ latest project is at Big4 Whitsunday Tourist Park in Airlie Beach North Queensland, as Annette explains. “They have committed to install our quality KIPS (Kids Interactive Play Structure) product.

Unlike other products, KIPS is all stainless steel and fibreglass so looks good for a very long time. A giant tipping bucket, lots of water play elements, nine waterslides and 2 x novelty animal themed slides will bring hours of fun for its patrons and more revenue for the park by increased bookings.” Australian Waterslides prides itself on trying to use local and national materials for as many projects as possible, which makes the firm a respected member of the industry. The industry at the moment is swimming with imported goods from Turkey, India and China. Annette discusses what makes them stand out from their competitors, as well as the challenges that are present within the industry.

For almost 40 years, The Australian Waterslides & Leisure team has provided professional services to the waterpark and leisure industry. They are the only Australian company that doesn’t fully import waterslides into Australia.

As “Our children’s play structure KIPS (Kids interactive Play Structure) is made in Australia with Australian Steel by Australian fabricators and Australian raw materials and labour. KIPS is superior in quality as a result, nothing to break down, safe and compliant to all relevant Australian Standards and the BCA. AWL’s back up service is the best. We have friendly competent staff and take a pride in keeping happy clients that come back again and again. Income derived from our slide sales in Australia stays in Australia.

“The challenge is to be successful in advocating the support of our Australian company. The insurance of introducing products that are fail safe, compliant to safety standards and made from materials suitable for our harsh Australian climate is largely overlooked. Products not designed with these parameters in place are detrimental to the industry.” As well as being leaders in design and production, Australian Waterslides has also transformed lives. In one of their projects, the company has helped to resolve health issues at Minyerri Aboriginal Community where children were suffering from chronic eye, ear and skin infections from swimming in dirty billabong water.

After AWL installed a children’s water park in the community, the children were bathing daily in chlorinated salty water and the condition was relieved. School attendance was low but soon this improved as only children who attended school on the day could use the waterpark after school hours. Australian Waterslides have a bright future, judging by the vast amount of planned projects on the horizon.

They have current installations including a new ride for the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour NSW, new ride for Wet’n’Wild on the Gold Coast, a floating pontoon waterslide for Sunlover Reef Cruises in Cairns a new slide and water feature for Pacific Gardens Holiday park in Heatherbrae NSW with many more projects on the horizon.

Company: Australian Waterslides & Leisure Pty Ltd
Name: Annette Matthews
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] waterslide.net
Web Address: www.waterslide.net
Address: P.O. Box 2220 Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Telephone: 0266 536 555

Jan-17

Jan-17

Happy new year! Welcome to Corporate Vision Magazine in 2017. Our first edition of the year brings you the usual mix of latest news, company features and expert comment.

Giving readers some expert advice in the new year is Gary Turner, co-founder and managing director at Xero. He explains what small enterprises should do if they want to thrive in 2017. In addition to this, we look at the latest research from the Chartered Management Institute who reveal that 81% of managers have witnessed some form of gender discrimination or bias in their workplace in the past 12 months.

In this issue, we feature Jacek Ambrozy who is Managing Director of IBB Polish Building Wholesale. We learn how they have used technology, including their IBBestimator mobile app to be able to reach more customers in a quicker time.

Elsewhere, we give you a roundup of other firms that have been successful in their sector. From the technology sector to the legal industry, there is something exciting for everyone in this edition.

I hope you enjoy this issue.

Matt Lewis, Editor

Phone: 44 (0) 203 725 6842

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.corp-vis.com

CV Design Guide

Welcome to Corporate Vision’s The Design Guide, promising readers a peek into some of the very best construction, architecture and contracted firms within the industry from both the UK and worldwide.

This guide highlights Australian Waterslides & Leisure, who have provided services to the waterpark and leisure industry for almost 40 years. We chat to Annette Matthews who gives us an insight into how the firm operates.

Also featured is Studio Rinaldi, an international architecture and interior design firm based in London. Stefania Rinaldi tell us all about how the firm completes its residential, commercial and landscape projects. I trust that you have an enjoyable read, learning all about the latest design companies in the industry today.

Matt Lewis, Editor

Phone: 44 (0) 203 725 6842

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.corp-vis.com

CV Luxury Travel Guide

Welcome to Corporate Vision’s Luxury Travel Guide.

This guide gives you an unforgettable journey into a handful of luxurious hotels and resorts that are currently operating around the globe. Each and every one of them provides an unforgettable experience for clients.

One of the outstanding companies that features is The Landing Resort & Spa. As a European luxury lifestyle hotel, the resort offers clients the highest levels of customer service and extraordinary standards of accommodation. We speak to Henri Birmele, General Manager, who lets us delve inside this fine establishment.

In addition, we take a look at Mauritius Holidays Direct which provide a luxury tour operator to the beautiful island of Mauritius, along with a choice of 57 hotels available to clients. So sit back and relax, and enjoy reading about these exquisite locations.

Matt Lewis, Editor

Phone: 44 (0) 203 725 6842

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.corp-vis.com

U.S. Video Game Industry Generates $30.4 Billion in Revenue for 2016

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The U.S. computer and video game industry generated $30.4 billion in revenue in 2016, according to new data released today by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the NPD Group. This total consumer spend figure includes revenues from all hardware, software, peripherals, and in-game purchases. This is an increase in total consumer spend from reported 2015 sales, which were at $30.2 billion.

“2016 was another enormous year for the interactive entertainment industry,” said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the ESA, which represents the U.S. video game industry. “The industry’s innovative genius and ability to engage and delight billions of gamers worldwide delivered another record performance. Congratulations to the developers, storytellers, creators, and investors who defined the leaderboard for entertainment.”

Separately, ESA highlighted that video game software revenue grew 6 percent from the 2015 level. In 2016, video game software revenue, which includes physical packaged goods, mobile games, downloadable content, subscriptions, and other revenue streams, reached $24.5 billion—up from 23.2 billion in 2015.

In 2016, virtual reality systems like the Sony PlayStation VR, Vive, and Oculus Rift reached the mass market to consumer interest. The release of Pokémon Go became a cultural phenomenon on mobile, while the later release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on portable gaming devices achieved the highest launch month consumer spend in the history of the franchise, according to NPD. Blockbusters like Battlefield 1, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Madden NFL 17, NBA 2K17 and Tom Clancy’s The Division drove consumer spend on console platforms. Finally, the PC platform was the most diverse and dynamic of all growth platforms, with a record number of titles reaching PC gamers in 2016.

“Growth in entertainment software consumer spend was seen across the mobile, PC, virtual reality, subscription, portable and digital console segments,” said Mat Piscatella, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “Consumers have more options to purchase and enjoy entertainment software than ever before, while developers have more and easier ways of delivering that content. No matter the delivery platform, entertainment software has never been more engaging, diverse or accessible.”

The U.S. video game industry is one of the nation’s fastest growing economic sectors, providing tens of thousands of high-paying jobs to Americans and generating billions of dollars in revenue for communities across the nation.

The 2016 HR & Training Awards Press Release

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Corporate Vision Unveils the 2016 HR & Training Awards Winners

United Kingdom, 2017– Corporate Vision Magazine has announced the winners of the 2016 HR & Training Awards.

Every successful business grows from its roots. In order to grow, it needs to be nurtured from the bottom up. Just like natural resources, Human Resources are often buried deep inside the business – you have to create the circumstances in which they will show themselves. At the core of every business, you’ll find a HR & Training department working hard to make your employees flourish.

As such Corporate Vision is proud to announce the debut of the 2016 HR & Training Awards, honouring the very best that the market has to offer. 

Emma Geeson, Awards Co-ordinator, commented: “It has been a true privilege to showcase the hard work of the dedicated HR & Training professionals who are helping keep the corporate landscape on the cutting edge of new innovation. It has been enlightening to work with every one of my deserving winners and I hope to hear of their future success going forward.”

To learn more about these illustrious winners, and to find out the secrets behind their success, please visit http://www.corp-vis.com/.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Corporate Vision Magazine

Created by a highly experienced and passionate team of business experts, advisors and insiders, Corporate Vision provides discerning readers worldwide with a wealth of news, features and comment on the corporate issues of the day.

 

ThinkingSafe Protects Clients’ Best Interests

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Bob Reid, CEO at ThinkingSafe, an innovative cyber security solutions company, speaks to us about what the company has done to receive such a prestigious award and the security challenges their clients are talking about at the moment.

ThinkingSafe is an award-winning UK cyber technology company which protects businesses of all sizes, from law firms and accountancy practices to healthcare, pharmaceuticals and government. Ransomware attacks have become so prevalent and expensive that all businesses need a reliable automated backup service, which secures every computer in the business, and their Recovery Shield Service is the perfect cost-effective solution.

CEO of the company, Bob Reid chats to us about what services ThinkingSafe offers and what the company does to protect clients’ best interests.

“Disaster Recovery Planning, Implementation and Management is one of our specialities, ensuring all information systems required by the business can be recovered quickly to alternative locations in the event of a disaster, and ensuring the business continues to function, without increased risk of cyber-attacks.

“Firms and practices that share confidential information with clients and partners are experiencing dramatic increases in targeted cyber-attacks, which are designed to steal confidential information about their clients, and our Information Shield Service is the ultimate solution for cyber security in the supply chain.

“We also offer a range of specialist services including bug sweeping, penetration testing, cyber security and personnel security consultancy. As a UK Government approved cyber security supplier and ISO27001 certified managed services provider with UK data centres and UK security operations centre, we are one of the most highly qualified and respected service providers in the country.”

As the CEO, Bob spends much of his time talking to customers and partners about their concerns relating to business continuity, disaster recovery, and cyber security. “I also work closely with the technical specialists in our security operations centre, who monitor disaster recovery readiness and cyber security on behalf of our customers, and with the research and development teams that produce our products,” says Bob.

ThinkingSafe works with a wide range of clients. Security in the supply chain has become a critical issue for large corporate and government clients, and they are demanding practical, cost-effective, and easy to use security solutions for their approved suppliers. As well as the large companies, Bob informs us how smaller companies benefit from the excellent customer service at ThinkingSafe.

“We are finding that many smaller companies are struggling to meet the security requirements imposed by larger clients, and monthly subscription to our automated services is often the key to unlocking new business revenue. We are also working closely with the legal profession, and are compiling a register of approved ‘digital trustees’, who manage legally controlled release of encryption keys, when companies have been locked themselves out of their own data.”

The biggest change in the industry is the increase in the number and sophistication of cyber-attacks, and the way they are targeting confidential client information, which is a massive threat for law firms and accountancy practices. In addition, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is probably the most significant regulatory factor for ThinkingSafe’s clients. “Despite the uncertainties of Brexit, the GDPR is actively forcing every corporate buyer to reconsider the security of their suppliers. The risk of being fined up to 4% of global revenue because of a security breach has forced businesses to refocus on malicious and accidental data breaches,” explains Bob.

In addition to changes in the industry, Bob tells us what current technology trends the firm follows in order to best serve clients, saying, “we work extensively on advanced cyber security research projects supported by the UK Government and Ministry of Defence, in collaboration with the Cyber Security Centre at the University of Warwick and the Information Security Group at Royal Holloway University of London.

“Our research programme includes topics such as distributed ledgers and block chains for secure information services, artificial intelligence for automating cyber defence, encrypted big data analytics for remote medical testing, and securing the internet of things.”

ThinkingSafe is a privately-owned UK cyber security company, with an amazing team of technical specialists, who have been developing innovative artificial intelligence technology and helping business customers to solve complex problems with simple cost-effective solutions since 1997. This makes the firm stand out from the crowd.

Looking to the future, ThinkingSafe is expecting to have their first 10,000 users for the Information Shield Service by the end of 2016, and hoping to exceed 100,000 by April 2017. They also aim to further grow their global customer base for Personnel Shield – their innovative fraud prevention insider threat detection software. Moreover, the company is launching a massive export drive with Commonwealth First as one of their UK Cyber Export Champions, and partnering with Vauban Group in Qatar and the wider Middle East.

Company: ThinkingSafe
Name: Mr Bob Reid
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.thinkingsafe.com
Address: Orchard Building, Royal Holloway,
University of London, Egham, Surrey. TW20 0EX
Telephone: Office 0844 842 8500
Mobile: 077110 981302

randd UK ‘Reality Cheques’ Are Rewarding SME’s Innovation and R&D

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Since 2008, randd uk has delivered over £60 million worth of Reality Cheque cash injections to over 1,000 companies across a wide range of sectors through HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit incentive scheme. Called an R&D tax credit, it’s actually more of an award, and cash funds can be claimed by eligible companies whether they have made a profit or not on the identified R&D or innovation they’ve invested in. randd uk recently exhibited at a key trade show – Food Matters Live at the Excel London. Managing Director, Brendan Molloy spoke to us from the event about what the firm does and why it appears so many companies who could be in line for such cash awards (averaging over £55,000 per claim) appear to be missing out.

“This scheme isn’t widely known about or properly understood by SME’s within industry as a whole. Remarkably, government’s statistics show less than 10% of all eligible companies in the UK are actually claiming R&D tax credits. This is a huge missed opportunity because it provides an opportunity for companies to inject funds in their business and grow which is why we focused on increasing the number of companies in the UK working with us and overall.”

“randd uk is dedicated to firstly helping companies who invest in R&D and innovation aware they could recover a sizeable % of that money back, effectively a re-payment of corporation tax from the Inland Revenue.”

Brendan outlined how they work with clients to achieve the best possible results. “We work with lots of clients across wide ranging industry sectors, from engineering and electronics companies, software companies and many less obvious sectors, for example corned beef food processing and egg production.

“Firstly, we interview the principal players to understand what their development projects have been during the last two years. We record all conversations which we find is the best approach, look in detail and tease out what can be classed as development projects, in many cases highlight to them how they are involved in R&D/innovation by definition when very often they didn’t realise their activities made them eligible, which in essence has to include revenue expenditure on advancement with a risk and uncertainty of results of non-trivial scientific or technological investments.”

“The combination of our straightforward, straight talking and simple approach together with the highly experienced people that work for us is what sets randd uk apart. We only employ people with good and typically senior executive experience in industry, not accountants applying a box checking approach. That breadth and depth of business allows randd uk not just to identify what potential claimants didn’t themselves recognise as eligible claims, but other companies operating in this sector.”

We also have a very good relationship with the Inland Revenue so we fully understand what the scheme is trying to achieve and support. That’s why we’re proud we typically get 100% satisfaction from our clients, and equally as important, have never made a claim and not got a result.”

“We make the process as simple and as quick as possible, usually only needing one key meeting plus the completion of a financial template. That’s all the claimant needs to do and we do everything else, including the submission of the claim to HMRC.”

randd uk understand the breadth of development work by British companies. “It’s a staggering level of investment” says Brendan, “the depth of investment even by small companies you wouldn’t expect to be doing development is outstanding, which makes it all the more surprising so few claim what’s available.”

With impressive figures of a 100% success rate from the more than 1,000 claims to date and over £60million worth of R&D tax credits awarded, randd uk’s efficient and friendly service is looking to double the size of the business over the next five years, building on their substantial service to the industry, attracting both new clients and new employees to deal with that increased awareness and demand.

Those figures and randd uk’s commitment to widening the reach and take up of R&D tax credits are some of the key reasons they were delighted to be awarded the European Business Award – Finest in R&D Consultancy Services (UK).

All of this can only be good news for companies thinking about innovation investment against the uncertainty of Brexit one side of the atlantic and an ‘Apprentice’ politician running the world’s largest economy on the other.

As randd uk’s provocative stand at the recent trade show boldy made clear, only 6-9 months ago, both those events were about ‘as likely as’ Leicester City winning the Premier League.

So if you’re reading this thinking ‘that’s great but I bet my company isn’t eligible’ check it out. It could be a Reality Cheque you’d be only to happy to be on the receiving end of.

Company: randd uk
Name: Brendan Molloy, Managing Director
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.randduk.com
Address: Judge’s Court, The Old Courthouse, St.Peter’s Churchyard, Derby, DE1 1NN
Telephone: 01332 477 070

World-Class Immigration Assistance

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The global immigration law firm of Versfeld & Hugo, LLC helps both individuals, investors and corporations across the world with all matters that relate to U.S. immigration, naturalization, visa and consular law. We spoke to Leon Versfeld, Managing Member of the firm to gain insight into how they have excelled in this narrow field of law and became so successful.

Versfeld & Hugo provides world-class immigration assistance with an expert team of attorneys. They have over 60 years of combined experience in U.S. immigration law, their sole area of focus. The U.S. remains one of the top destinations for immigrants from all parts of the world. The firms’ attorneys provide legal counsel to individuals as well as U.S. employers and entrepreneurs on the best and most efficient way to come to the U.S. Having personally navigated through the ever-changing immigration bureaucracy, Versfeld & Hugo can relate with the challenges and complexities their clients go through during their respective case.
We spoke to Leon Versfeld, Managing Member at the firm who explains how his personal experience with the US immigration system has helped him understand the field. He also discusses his role and what impact the company has made in their sector.

“As the managing partner for all US immigration matters, I oversee all cases with all our attorneys as it relates to US immigration. I am also in charge of our business operations in the US. Having gone through the immigration system personally, I have a great depth of understanding with the process and relate to the challenges our clients face.”

Leon has written numerous articles on US immigration and is often asked by Bar Associations and business leaders to speak on the topic of US immigration. He has been invited to present at seminars in many parts of Europe, England, Turkey, China, South Africa and Australia as well as numerous states in the US. He is the official author on US immigration for the Missouri Bar in the United States. The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association has awarded him with the ‘Continuing Legal Education Contributor of the year Award’ in 2008 and he has been recognized by his peers as one of the ‘Best of the Bar’ as it relates to US immigration; recognized by Thomas Reuters’ ‘Super Lawyers’ as one of the best US immigration attorneys and has the highest peer-review rating with Martindale-Hubbell. In 2013 and 2016, he was selected and featured by Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media’s Corporate Counsel Magazine and the American Lawyer Magazine as one of Top Rated Lawyers in immigration law.

There are many different types of clients who do business with Versfeld & Hugo. Leon explains how he handles client cases and how the company maintains neutrality, fairness and confidentiality in their cases.

“In addition to my managerial role, I mostly handle business related immigration matters for the firm. I represent Fortune 500 companies, individual investors and individuals with extraordinary abilities in sport and art. Over 90% of all our cases are handled on a flat fee basis, that allows the client to know with great certainty what the total cost will be on the case we have been hired on and allows us to focus on the work at hand rather than having a lengthy discussion every time a bill is sent. This also helps with greater efficiency.”

Company: Versfeld & Hugo, LLC
Name: Leon Versfeld
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.versfeldlaw.com
Address: 4740 Grand Blvd. Suite 300 Kansas City
Missouri USA
Telephone: +1 816.891-8600