The Finance and Tax Advisory Committee (FTAC) guides the BIA’s policies and initiatives to create a supportive financial environment for UK bioscience companies. The committee is the forum where BIA members can directly input into policy development and interactions with Government on finance and tax matters.
While the BIA had significant success in Budget 2011, Budget 2013 and Budget 2014, especially around R&D tax credits and the introduction of the Patent Box, much work lies ahead.
Priorities for 2018:
- Continue to engage with non-members inside and outside the sector including the finance and investment community, invite a guest speaker to each meeting, and host inaugural Committee Drinks
- Continue to generate ideas and support the BIA in relevant consultations from government and other bodies, including HM Treasury & HMRC
- Implementation of relevant sections of Patient Capital Review will be a key focus. FTAC stand ready to support BIA engagement on implementation of changes to EIS, VCT and Entrepreneurs Relief
- Keep BIA members informed about developments, best practice and their responsibilities, as well as actively seeking member feedback and engagement, and represent the sector at government meetings and forums
Committee Chair: Colin Hailey, Partner, Confluence Tax
For more information contact Dr Martin Turner, Policy and Projects Manager
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