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. Having watched too many episodes of Time Team, he returned to university to study Archaeology at Bradford.  Following his 1st Class degree (a subject of pride) and a brief period of poverty as an archaeologist, he sought steady employment that made the best use of his talents and joined the Inland Revenue in 2001 as an Inspector of Taxes.  Graham joined HMRC’s Creative Taxes Team as a Lead Tax Specialist 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.  In just under 3 years the company has claimed over £2.7 million for creative companies, over £1.25m of which has been for charities (another source of pride).  Not realising how all-consuming running a company would be Graham has very little spare time.  However, he loves to combine work with pleasure by going to the theatre and visiting museums but does take the occasional holiday - favourite places being Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway and anywhere in Portugal.    

Contact Graham at [email protected]reliefs.com

Sandra Lee - Director

After graduating with a degree in Education from Leeds Metropolitan University, Sandra worked as a primary school teacher for 25 years. For the last 10 years of teaching Sandra specialised in Early Years - her favourite key stage, working in both Nursery and Reception classes. Sandra particularly enjoys working with Theatre in Education companies and 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 listening to Bruce Springsteen whilst gardening and sowing seeds in her greenhouse.

Contact Sandra 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]

 

Jan

Jan Bonar – Charity Finance Specialist

A music graduate from Royal Holloway, University of London, Jan pursued a career in Arts Management, initially at the Royal College of Music, followed by a long and varied period at Southbank Sinfonia, latterly as Finance Director.  Working for what was initially a small organisation, but one with big ambitions, Jan played a key role in professionalising the financial management and governance of the charity as it grew in size and impact.  In 2018 Jan and her family relocated to Yorkshire, where she now focuses on helping small and medium charities improve their financial management and governance and therefore their charitable impact. Jan’s spare time is usually spent running in various different directions simultaneously in local parks, chasing after her three children and she looks forward to the days when choral singing and concert and theatre-going can be a more regular feature of her leisure time.

Contact Jan at [email protected]

Rachel Megson – Administrative Assistant

Rachel works for Creative Tax Reliefs on a part-time basis alongside studying law at Liverpool John Moores University.  As well as her various administrative duties, she works as a researcher building and maintaining the company’s many databases and leads on the company’s social media profile.  

When not studying or working Rachel enjoys listening to music and watching Netflix boxsets.

Contact Rachel at [email protected] 

Testimonials

"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)
"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)
"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/)
"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

 


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Posted 02/03/2020

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We have now claimed over £2,700,000 of Creative Industry tax credits on over 900 productions for our clients
We have now claimed over £2,700,000 of Creative Industry tax credits on over 900 productions for our clients
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