Ian Piper (Ely)

As an experienced chartered accountant, Ian heads up the business client division at our Ely office, where he is a resident partner. He helps clients run and improve their SME businesses. As a self-confessed 'techie', he has developed a particular interest towards tech start-ups.

Outside of work, now that his rugby playing days are behind him, Ian tries to stay fit through running and kayaking.

 
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15th March 2018 Chancellor’s Spring Statement: As it affects TechCo’s

  As we all get used to the Chancellor’s main Budget now being in the Autumn, he still chose to make a few policy announcements in his Spring Statement yesterday. Items of interest to those running technology companies included: Stagnant growth. Despite the ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ strapline for his speech, the…

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2nd January 2018 Compulsory Purchase Orders: Opportunity to tax efficiently diversify?

  With numerous businesses currently being forced to sell property under compulsory purchase orders (COP’s), a little known tax rule may be of assistance in enabling you to diversify your investment in your trade into a buy-let-investment without incurring any tax: HMRC guidance HS292 Business asset rollover relief is a long established rule which allows…

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24th November 2017 Autumn Budget 2017

What’s in it for Tech Companies? Philip Hammond’s second Budget had to steer a precarious path. Within the parameters of slowing UK growth, preparing for Brexit and a lack of spare money, he had to somehow end public sector austerity and continue reducing the deficit. Whilst trying to restore his own political reputation. Not an…

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27th October 2017 Lancaster Way Business Park, Ely: Business is booming !

  Ely’s largest business park, Lancaster Way, continues to grow from strength to strength. Offering a mix of rental properties and sites for freehold commercial development, more and more start-ups and established businesses are now being attracted to this location. The benefits are obvious:   Based in the vibrant Cambridge ‘shadow’, Situated just outside Ely,…

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26th September 2017 Brexit: Practical SME preparations.

  As we approach the end of the first quarter in the run-up to Brexit D-day, we are now beginning to see what practical steps SME businesses are taking in preparation: Businesses with a significant production source or market presence within the rest of the EU are strengthening their presence there. Creating a subsidiary based…

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7th September 2017 R&D Tax Relief: HMRC closes loophole.

Companies that are developing innovative new products, services or systems have long understood the generosity of the R&D tax relief rules. These give a notional 130% uplift to eligible costs in the company’s corporation tax computation. Such eligible costs include ‘employee costs’, which hitherto has included all ‘reimbursed expenses’. This has always seemed overly generous…

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10th July 2017 Business Excellence: Whitings support Ely awards.

As the Summer season progresses, SME businesses local to Ely will be considering whether or not they wish to enter the area’s premier annual business awards competition this year. Those that have entered one of the 12 categories in previous years have benefited from networking with other entrants, free publicity within the Ely Standard over…

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16th June 2017 Brexit

Post Brexit: What cutting of red tape might SME’s expect? After almost a full year of foreplay, formal Brexit negotiations with the EU will eventually commence next week. Looking ahead one step further, what can SME’s expect post Brexit? And will the UK Government use this opportunity to further advance their stated policy of reducing…

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18th May 2017 General Election

General Election: Which manifesto helps TechCo’s ? With the 8 June general election fast approaching, directors of technology companies will be scanning the main manifestos to consider which party is potentially offering the most useful new policies for their business: Conservatives (link to 84 page manifesto) Running a balanced budget by the middle of the…

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22nd April 2017 Brexit: What might this mean for our future taxes?

As we are now potentially within 2 years of Brexit, it seems natural to speculate over what changes we should expect. As tax is a key component of our fiscal policy, to finance the public purse and influence our behaviour, various tax commentators are now dusting off their crystal balls.  Within the EU, tax has…

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