In my last role in the corporate world I worked for a FinTech company who by the time I left in 2017 had operations in over 20 countries worldwide.

The company was founded in Finland and covered all of Scandinavia, most of Western Europe, and almost all of Eastern Europe as well.

As such I had a brilliant insight into how innovative each country was, particularly as in one of my roles I worked very closely with the local CEOs.

This company rocketed forward in terms of revenue and profit in the four and a half years I was there, getting a banking licence and listing on the German SDAX amongst many other impressive milestones.

I was thinking about this as I was talking to the guys from Leyton who I mentioned yesterday.

One of the Leyton consultants, George, mentioned how in the UK our research and development (R&D) spend as a percentage of GDP is dwarfed by our Scandinavian friends (no surprise), and even Poland.

When you link this to the R&D tax credit benefits the government are offering to companies in sectors ranging from Financial Technology and Engineering, to Scaffolders and Golf Courses – you can see why they want to reward innovation.

There are loads of companies doing some really cool and unique things all over the world, technological advances often being the fuel that drives all of this.

The company you own or work for might not be breaking new ground in the fields of AI, blockchain, biofuels, or precision engineering – but it may still be eligible for a share of these government funds.

You’ll only know if you find out.

Email me back to get the contact details of someone who can help you to explore the possibilities.

All the best,

Stephen Wallis

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