video games tax relief, grand theft auto, optimal compliance blog

What is video game tax relief and the curious story of Grand Theft Auto

This is the first piece in a three-part series on our blog, shedding light on the creative industries reliefs made available to create content that is predominantly generated within the UK, checking out case studies where available, and perhaps looking at how things could be amended/improved. We kick things off...

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limited liability partnership, profit sharing

What is profit sharing and why you should offer it?

Are you looking for a new way to incentivise your employees?  A key part of restructuring your SME into a limited liability partnership (LLP), is having everyone share proportionately in the business’ success and profits. Essentially, having a profit share model in place. The best part about profit sharing is...

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vat inspection, vat, hmrc, blog by optimal compliance

I’ve been contacted about a VAT inspection – what should I expect?

As a small business owner you probably dread the thought of HMRC opening an enquiry on your business’ VAT returns. Over the last ten years we’ve assisted our clients with numerous routine VAT enquiries, and on the whole, we’ve found HMRC’s VAT officers to be supportive and helpful throughout the...

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intangible assets, goodwill blog

The intangible asset revolution, archaic accounting and the myth of goodwill

In the UK today, most people work in service-based and knowledge-based industries. These are industries which deal in intangible assets such as intellectual property: knowledge and know-how, patents, trademarks, copyrights and brands. This wasn’t always the case, but the pace of change has been accelerating. It’s only in the last...

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Automating, consulting, optimal compliance blog

What it’s like automating in a consultancy

If you take stock of what you do in a day, how many of those tasks are repetitive? Sometimes all but a glorified box ticking exercise? These types of manual tasks that are repetitive, can be templated, and are perfect candidates for automation. But how do you know what automation...

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increase value of business, R&D tax relief, cash flwo

Here’s how you can increase the value of your business by 200%

If you’re a business owner, the chances are you will want to know how to increase the value of your business. It’s important for any entrepreneur or business owner to have an idea of what their company is worth, especially if they are looking to either raise investment or plan...

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ben crampin


Ben’s been here pretty much since the get-go and, as such, has been instrumental in growing the business into what it is today.
He’s passionate about, in his words, ‘helping people and businesses that are just constantly being taken advantage of’ by providing affordable advice and support with an eye to ‘levelling the playing field’.
Ben looks forward to the day when automation will, once and for all, fumigate the fear and confusion caused by oppressive bureaucracy and strongly believes that ‘technology holds the solutions to the problems we’re trying to solve’.
Furthermore, he can see that technology will, in time, provide the scalability required to help a theoretically limitless number of SMEs survive and thrive against the odds.
Ben doesn’t think much of government agencies and he doesn’t suffer fools; two points that aren’t always mutually exclusive.