The Breakthrough Group is a social impact business putting ‘profit for purpose’ at the centre of our thinking. In 2016 we put 41% of our profits back into social impact activities and in 2017 it was 52%.

      The profitable side of our business is in R&D tax relief. Since we started trading in April 2015 we’ve been helping small companies grow into great big ones by accessing this government incentive. 

We’ve secured £40 million in cash or tax relief for our clients as of 31 December 2017, helping those business owners make their ambitions come true and creating 150 new jobs in the process.

      Our R&D activity helps us finance our social purpose. We support our clients and partners to get other funding, publicity or new business through our networks, awards, magazines, radio shows or partnership programmes.

We're also a responsible corporate citizen; working towards the Planet Mark to ensure our environmental impact is kept to a minimum and being an ethical employer with family friendly working practices and a commitment to staff training and paying above the living wage.

      We know our ability to help clients secure R&D money creates new jobs and eases cashflow but that’s not enough for us. We plough our profits into social impact activities and here’s how we do it:

BREAKTHROUGH FUNDING
Our Breakthrough Funding company is the profit generator that helps fund our social impact activity. We’re here to help innovators and developers get back cash or a tax benefit. R&D tax relief is a great scheme that helps companies who are investing in innovative projects. Unfortunately too many business owners don’t understand the very wide definition of “R&D” in this context and don’t realise they’re missing out, even though the government wants them to apply. A better definition is cash for innovators. We do all the work with no forms to fill in, so they get back what they’re owed quickly and efficiently.

BREAKTHROUGH PARTNERSHIP
We like to say that every superhero needs a sidekick - Batman has Robin. Harry Potter has Hermione. Sherlock has Watson. We love working collaboratively and our Breakthrough Partnership Programme provides tax relief assistance especially for accountants. It includes free CPD-accredited training, technical support, compilation of eligible costs and full HMRC enquiry back up. We work together with our accountant partners every step of the way so their clients get back the maximum tax benefit. Why's the training free? Because we want as many companies as possible to claim R&D tax money, even if they don't use us to do it. 

THE TECHTALK SHOW
We fund the TechTalk Radio Show to showcase the latest in tech from augmented and virtual reality to artificial intelligence and wearables to cyber security and drones. Our experts discuss the latest trends in the sector and give business advice to aspiring start-ups or scaleups. We're syndicated to radio stations in the USA and across the UK, and available as weekly podcasts on iTunes and others. Our social impact is to make a case for investing in the UK and to create jobs in the sector. Our commitment to funding the show gives ‘airtime’ and much needed publicity to our tech partners, clients and collaborators.

THE FOODTALK SHOW
We fund the FoodTalk Radio Show to showcase the latest in FoodTech and promote artisan producers and organisations trying to tackle our most difficult food issues. Our experts discuss everything from diabetes, distribution and delivery to taste science and food waste. We're syndicated to radio stations in the USA and across the UK, and available as a weekly podcast. Our social impact is to make a case that the UK is the centre of the FoodTech world and to create jobs in the sector. Apart from being great fun with lots of tastings, the programme gives much needed publicity to our food partners, clients and collaborators.

BREAKTHROUGH MAGAZINE
Breakthrough Magazine highlights the UK’s unsung manufacturing heroes. We shout loudly about the incredible inventiveness and skills in our factories, reminding everyone that our engineers, designers and master craftsmen are transforming industries with innovative new products and processes. We want to tell their stories and show how their expertise is creating jobs and making a real contribution to business and local communities. We fund the quarterly magazine so we can show inspiring case studies from around the UK, proving that the world of manufacturing is just as inventive as the digital sector. 

TECH LONDON ADVOCATES - FOOD TECH
We are a key partner and official sponsor of Tech London Advocates. We also head up its FoodTech Working Group. Our aim is to gain a consensus on the definition of “FoodTech” in the UK (see Breakthrough Publications), create a collaborative community of organisations involved, and encourage investment in the sector. This all fits very well with The FoodTalk Show and Awards, and we’re very proud to be a funding partner in this hugely influential organisation.

BREAKTHROUGH WOMEN
We sponsor a series of events each year to encourage more women to strive for business success, to celebrate their wins and to offer support and advice. We try hard to make sure these inspiring events have the most incredible speakers in a relaxed networking environment. We’re delighted to be the sponsors and organisers and we believe it’s an effective way to help women who want to take their business or career to the next level but are not sure where to go for help.  

BREAKTHROUGH PUBLICATIONS
We also fund a number of publications. R&D Tax Relief is a wonderful scheme but the legislative guidance on the HMRC website really is quite difficult to understand. That’s why we’ve written and published “The Definitive Guide to R&D Tax Relief” for small business owners and “The Accountants Guide to R&D Tax Relief” for accountants. We also want to attract more investment into the FoodTech sector, so our book “FoodTech UK” shows why investors should get involved. Each can be downloaded free from our websites or bought on Amazon.

BREAKTHROUGH AWARDS
We fund the TechTalk 22 which is chosen by a panel of industry experts covering AR, VR, AI, drones, gaming, gadgets and IoT. It’s their annual pick of the most original, exciting and innovative tech companies in the UK. The FoodTalk Awards celebrate FoodTech and all sorts of innovation in the world of food. We started both awards to ensure our innovators and disruptors get the profile they deserve. Even so, we never dreamed they’d be such a huge success.

About our Founder and CEO, Sue Nelson

_________________________________________________________________________________________________

HEAD OFFICE: Breakthrough Innovation Hub, 13 The Glenmore Centre, Ashford, Kent TN24 0TL

LONDON OFFICE: Level 33, Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London NW1 3DP | TEL: 0800 772 0800

Email: hello@breakthroughfunding.com