Our Team

Graham Suggett - Director

After graduating with a degree in Finance and Accounting from Salford University, Graham enjoyed a career in accountancy and accountancy recruitment. He joined the Inland Revenue in 2001 as an Inspector of Taxes.  Graham became Lead Tax Specialist with HMRC’s Creative Industries Team in 2013 and loved working with creative companies and the people that run them.  Seeing that too few companies, particularly charities, were claiming the tax credits available to them he left and set up Creative Tax Reliefs Ltd.  In just over 4 years the company has claimed over £5 million for creative companies.  Away from work he enjoys trips to the theatre and visiting museums as well as the occasional holiday - favourite places include, Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway, Shropshire and anywhere in Portugal.    

Contact Graham at [email protected]

Sandra Lee - Director

Sandra, a teacher for 25 years, works with our charitable theatre companies and Theatre in Education companies helping them to claim their tax credits.  Being an ex-teacher she is always happy to discuss the role of theatre in education, both from an educational perspective and tax relief perspective. In her spare time Sandra, a trained swimming teacher, is a keen swimmer. She also enjoys walking her cockapoo Ollie and gardening.

Contact Sandra at [email protected]

Rachel Lee –  Assistant Tax Specialist

Rachel studied Law LLB at Liverpool John Moores University before joining Creative Tax Reliefs as an Apprentice. She is studying the combined Association of Tax Technicians / Chartered Tax Adviser ( ATT/ CTA ) qualifications with Kaplan in Manchester.

When not studying or working Rachel enjoys going to the gym.

Contact Rachel at [email protected]

 

Meet Our Team Neil

Neil Adshead FCA – Accountant

Neil has nearly 30 years’ experience as a chartered accountant. Having qualified with a ‘big 4’ firm He worked for 10 years for several local practices in the North West, along with a spell in industry.  During this time, Neil developed an expertise in the not-for-profit sector, working with several local charities and the Charity Commission. He joined the Inland Revenue in 2000, working for a specialist unit providing technical accountancy advice on tax investigations. Neil went on to lead a team of accountants and tax specialists providing them with technical advice and support.  He left HMRC in September 2020 to work with Creative Tax Reliefs. Neil is a trustee of a charity providing education to promote the safe and healthy enjoyment of the outdoor environment.  He is a keen runner and also enjoys cycling, hillwalking and kayaking in and around North Wales and further afield.  

Contact Neil at [email protected]

Andrew Alton - Tax Specialist

After being raised in the Lake District and initially pursuing a range of careers including dry stone waller, fish fryer and rock musician, Andrew eventually recognised the benefits of education and studied Business Studies at university.  Following graduation, he joined the Inland Revenue later to become  HMRC.  The last ten years of his almost 30-year career as a Tax Inspector were spent working on the Manchester Incentives and Reliefs Team supporting companies who wanted to claim either R&D or Creative Tax Reliefs as well as reviewing and approving claims.  Having left HMRC in 2017 he now spends his time helping businesses get the (tax) credit they deserve.  In his spare time, he enjoys music, hiking and travel.

Contact Andrew at [email protected]

 

Colm Seeley – Cultural Test Certification Specialist

Colm earned a Master’s degree in Physics from Cambridge University before moving into the deeply related field of video game festival production. Following this, he was the first video games analyst hired at the British Film Institute following the introduction of the video games tax relief in 2014. Colm worked across the creative sectors with a focus on video games for six years and works with Creative Tax Reliefs on a consultancy basis focusing on the BFI’s cultural test. Outside of work Colm enjoys London theatre and tabletop games and can be challenged any time to a game of Street Fighter V where he plays as M. Bison.

Contact Colm at [email protected]

 

Nick Paladina – Accountant

After graduating with an English degree from Oxford University, Nick trained to become a chartered accountant with a firm that specialised in the entertainment and charity sectors. Once qualified he moved out of practice to take up a senior finance role with a small film company. The irresistible opportunity to work in theatre then presented itself, which led to almost 30 years in senior management positions with several leading not-for-profit organisations, including the RSC and the Wallace Collection. He also took on a series of trustee/non-executive roles with arts and education charities, including the Temple Music Foundation and the Oxford Literary Festival. Having retired from full time work in 2019, he is now an assessor/project manager and mentor with two Oxfordshire charities, and Treasurer of Phosphoros Theatre. Beyond work, Nick loves theatre, live music, and the helter-skelter ride of being an Oxford United supporter.

Testimonials

"Worth every penny"
Mary Nri - Finance Director of The Albany
"I found Graham and Creative Tax Reliefs through a Google search as we had a client that was eligible for Theatre Tax Relief (TTR). I and a colleague had read through HMRC’s guidance a number of times and felt confident that we understood how it worked, however, we had no experience in claiming TTR. It seemed a no-brainer to work with Graham because Graham, as a former Creative Tax Reliefs specialist with HMRC, knew how to prepare and present claims to HMRC, would be certain of the calculations, knew where the boundaries were and would achieve maximum benefit for the client. We prepared the accounts and submitted the CT600 as per usual with input from Graham whilst he liaised directly with HMRC’s Creative Industries Unit in respect of the client’s TTR claim. The client received their tax credit without issue and in an amount greater than expected. Our client was delighted as were we and we look forward to working with Graham going forward. "
Ian Bragger, Partner at Harris & Co (https://www.harrisaccounts.co.uk/)
"I am so pleased and relieved that Graham got in touch with me about Theatre Tax Relief. I had mistakenly thought that we were not eligible but so far Graham has claimed nearly £100,000 in tax credit for us. This is not only an enormous benefit and can be ploughed back into the work that we do but it would have been extremely short-sighted of us not to be claiming the money that is due to us. Graham has made the whole process so simple and easy. I cannot recommend him highly enough"
Sarah Gobran, Co-Founder & Producer of The Guildford Shakespeare Company (https://www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk)
"NCO engaged Graham at the start of 2019 and has developed a wholly positive and ongoing relationship ever since. Not only has Graham increased our understanding of OTR and how it applies to NCO, he has taken all the stress and strain away from the process. His previous experience as a tax specialist at HMRC has proved invaluable as has his ability to explain the complexities to us in a way we can understand! I cannot recommend Graham more highly. "
Sophie Lewis, Managing Director of the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain (https://www.nco.org.uk)
"Our accountant struggled with VGTR so we engaged Graham and his company. Graham prepared all the necessary computations and submitted the claim on our behalf. This was paid by HMRC without question and in an amount in excess of what we had previously expected. We are delighted and cannot recommend Graham or his company highly enough"
Ashley Stancill, Director at HyperSloth Games (https://www.hypersloth.co.uk)
"It was a pleasure working with Graham on our claim for Film Tax Credit for Stuffed. For independent creators working in Film and TV, the Tax Credit is a vital part of making your film a reality. Graham is an assured and calm voice in the often-intimidating world of tax. I’d highly recommend Graham to my colleagues working in Film and TV. "
Carys Lewis, writer and director of the 2019 BAFTA Cymru Nominee short film Stuffed (http://www.caryslewis.ca/)
"I was recommended Graham and Creative Tax Reliefs by a colleague and I cannot recommend their services more highly. Graham took me through what Theatre Tax relief was, how it worked and what was eligible, and was very patient with my questions and the need to be gently spoon fed the information! Creative Tax Reliefs also worked on our end of year accounts, and the Accountant Neil was also wonderful and clear at taking me through every step, as this was our first production and end of year accounts as a company. I look forward to working with Graham and his team again! "
Rose Hall, Co-Director of Palmer & Hall Music (www.deadequal.com)
"Graham explained very clearly what was needed and then delivered exactly as he said he would. Graham prepared the computations and submitted the claims on our behalf and we didn't have to deal with HMRC at all. This was the easiest piece of tax work that we have ever had to do"
Matthew Quirk of The Merry Opera Company (https://www.merryopera.co.uk)
"With no clear guidance on how to claim Theatre Tax Relief and after spending a considerable amount of time consulting with colleagues, accountants, reading huge, incomprehensible HMRC guidelines and generally worrying that the company was missing the TTR boat, I spoke to Graham. Everything was plain sailing for us after the initial consultation – with very little effort on our part, Graham made a successful submission and we have just received a substantial payment. I am delighted at the outcome and have no hesitation in recommending Graham and his company"
Sue Andrews, former Executive Director of Northern Broadsides Theatre Company (https://www.northern-broadsides.co.uk)
"It was a pleasure to work with Graham. He explained the process very clearly, prepared all the necessary computations and submitted the claims on our behalf. We are extremely delighted with the outcome and have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Graham and his Company to others"
Sylvia Collins of the Huddersfield Light Opera Company
"I have been aware of Theatre Tax Relief for a few years now but the process of claiming the money was daunting. We didn't have the resources or the expertise to make the claim. Graham made the process of claiming Theatre Tax Relief very straight forward. He kept me informed of developments and answered all my questions. I provided him with information and he did the rest"
Shona Rattray, General Manager of the Hopscotch Theatre Company (https://www.hopscotchtheatre.com)
"Thanks so much Graham! You and Creative Tax Reliefs are the best. "
Ellie Claughton, Producer with Lung Theatre (http://lungtheatre.co.uk) and Barrel Organ (https://www.barrelorgantheatre.co.uk)
"For a small theatre company like us navigating Theatre Tax Relief was a daunting prospect. Having the support and expertise of Creative Tax Reliefs was absolutely brilliant. Graham explained everything and did a fantastic job sorting out the different projects we had been working on, calculated what we could claim and did all the leg work. The Tax Relief we received from HMRC helped us take our show to the Edinburgh Fringe, something we certainly couldn't have done without this extra funding. We would highly recommend Creative Tax Reliefs and will certainly be using them again in the future. "
Jasmine Cole of Jasmine Cole Productions
"When I first heard from Graham I have to say I was more than a little sceptical. Why had no one mentioned this to us before? The information seemed so monumental – shouldn’t it have been on the news? Within a few emails and phone conversations, we had provided all the information necessary and had everything thoroughly explained to us. Within two weeks we had received the tax credit into our bank account! Creative Tax Reliefs are amazing!"
Clare Molyneux, Artistic Director of Open The Door (Theatre in Education) C.I.C.
"When Graham first contacted us, we hadn’t heard of Theatre Tax Relief, which made us fairly wary. Graham took the time and care to explain it all to us and how the process would work. Initially, we were sceptical and worried about the time it would take for us to collate all the information needed for the claim. However, we needn’t have worried, Graham helped us every step of the way and made the process simple and quick. We would recommend working with Graham in an instant."
Fliss Green, Senior Strategy & Project Manager of Chain Reaction Theatre Company (https://www.chainreactiontheatre.co.uk)

CREATIVE TAX RELIEF UPDATES

 


XERO certified
XERO certified
Posted 10/03/2021

Pleased to announce that we are now XERO certified 

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME NICK TO THE TEAM
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME NICK TO THE TEAM
Posted 05/03/2021

Creative Tax Reliefs are delighted to welcome Nick Paladina FCA to the team. Nic.....Read More

We have now claimed over £5 million of Creative Industry tax credits for our clients
We have now claimed over £5 million of Creative Industry tax credits for our clients
Posted 21/01/2021

We have now claimed over £5 million of Creative Industry tax credits for o.....Read More

We are delighted to welcome Neil to the team
We are delighted to welcome Neil to the team
Posted 01/01/2021

Creative Tax Reliefs are delighted to welcome Neil Adshead FCA to the team. .....Read More

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