Scotland is ‘Talking Tech’ with support from Johnston Carmichael

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*Please note that day one (Today 1st March 2018)  of this event has been cancelled. Please check with the organisers about day two and three.*

Historically a pioneer and entrepreneurial powerhouse, Scotland has entered a golden-era of technology innovation and Johnston Carmichael’s upcoming ‘Talking Tech’ event is aimed at supporting the flourishing sector.

The accountancy and business advisory firm is curating ‘Talking Tech’ – an upcoming series of talks, workshops, masterclasses and networking opportunities to facilitate growth in Scotland’s burgeoning scene.

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The three-day event, which takes place in Edinburgh on the 1st , 2nd & 5th March, aims to help entrepreneurs in the technology, life sciences and renewable sectors to start their businesses and scale up.

As part of ‘Talking Tech’ the firm has produced a new video featuring some of Scotland’s most exciting tech start-ups including Glasgow based Organised Health Technologies, a prescription platform and pharmacy app and Snap40 who last summer secured £2 million in funding what was the largest seed funding round for a Scottish start-up in more than a decade.

Technology is a strategic growth area for Johnston Carmichael. The firm has built up a team of specialist advisers, drawn from departments ranging from innovation taxes to corporate finance, who are highly experienced at helping fast growth businesses to maximise vital tax reliefs and access the capital they require to achieve growth.

The evening event on Thursday 1st will be hosted by Bruce Walker from FutureX and speakers include Nick Jones, founder of Galvanise Capital, which provides early stage funding for tech businesses; and Devina Paul, finance director of Aquila Insight. The afternoon workshops include ‘What Investors Want: Tax Breaks Explained’ – followed by a talk on ‘R&D Tax Credits’. Pitch masterclasses featuring a stellar panel of tech entrepreneurs also form part of the informative programme on the 2nd & 5th.

Andrew Holloway, Head of Entrepreneurial Taxes at Johnston Carmichael, said: “As Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, I am proud to say we act for 14,000 SME businesses; helping firms start up and, importantly, stay up.

“Talking Tech represents a further investment from Johnston Carmichael in one of Scotland’s most important and exciting sectors – as we’ve already established partnerships with some of the country’s most vibrant entrepreneurial programmes including EIE, Scottish EDGE and StartUp Summit. Our upcoming event will ensure we continue to provide market leading advice to our technology clients.”

Technology has consistently been one of Scotland’s best performing sectors in recent years, with start-ups flourishing and on average £1.4 billion of R&D tax relief claimed by companies across the UK each year.

Scotland has a proud history of innovation and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Robotics, Advanced Manufacturing, Precision Medicine and the ‘Internet of Things’ are driving the next generation of tech firms.

The thriving scene is supported by FutureX, which gives direct access to the founders, executives and investors behind some of the world’s most successful companies, Scottish EDGE which provides vital funding, and and Engage, Invest, and Exploit, one of the county’s leading technology investor events.


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