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 over 2 years the company has claimed over £1.9 million for creative companies, over £900,000 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]

Sandra Lee - Company Secretary

Sandra worked as a primary school teacher for 25 years; specialising for the last 10 years in Early Years as a class teacher through to Early Years Lead managing a team of 12.  Whilst Sandra loved working with children across the Early Years age range the increasingly target driven nature of education and excessive workload eventually led to her leaving the profession.  As Company Secretary, Sandra is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the company and particularly enjoys working with Theatre in Education companies.  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 enjoys swimming, gardening and watching Sci-Fi, particularly Star Trek, with her teenage son.

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]

 

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 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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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

CREATIVE TAX RELIEF UPDATES

 


We have now claimed over £1,800,000 of Theatre Tax Credit on over 750 productions
We have now claimed over £1,800,000 of Theatre Tax Credit on over 750 productions
Posted 19/08/2019

We have now claimed over £1,800,000 of Theatre Tax Credit on over 750 thea.....Read More

We are delighted to be working with Counterculture Partnership LLP – recently named as a Leading Firm by The Legal 500 for their work in the Charity and Media and Entertainment sectors
We are delighted to be working with Counterculture Partnership LLP – recently named as a Leading Firm by The Legal 500 for their work in the Charity and Media and Entertainment sectors
Posted 24/02/2019

We are delighted to be working with Counterculture Partnership LLP – recen.....Read More

It's a fact....sheet
It's a fact....sheet
Posted 14/02/2019

See our factsheets on Theatre Tax Relief prepared for NODA at https://www.noda.o.....Read More

We are proud to be featured in November's issue of Sardines Magazine
We are proud to be featured in November's issue of Sardines Magazine
Posted 07/11/2018

So proud to be featured in Sardines Magazine discussing how theatre companies ca.....Read More

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