Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced what he claimed to be “a Budget for growth” in the Spring 2023 Budget statement, laying out plans to “harness British ingenuity to make us a science and technology superpower”.
The budget announced several measures affecting UK tech, from investment zones and tax to quantum computing and low-carbon energy.
Granted Director, Jon Williams, breaks down the headlines below.
The budget promised to create 12 investment zones across the UK, funded by £80m each over the next five years.
These 12 zones will be centred around university tech hubs in England (West Midlands, Greater Manchester, the North East, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Teesside and, once again, Liverpool), Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The £80m budget will include a range of interventions including skills, infrastructure, tax relief and business rates retention.
Hunt announced a new “Plan for Quantum” – the vision to be a world-leading quantum-enabled economy by 2033 – with a research and innovation programme comprised of a £2.5bn pot.
The budget also pledged:
R&D tax relief: If a qualifying small or medium-sized business spends 40% or more of its total expenditure on R&D, it can claim a credit worth £27 for every £100 they spend.
Capital allowances: Outside the investment zones, businesses will be eligible for 100% first-year capital allowances, which means they can deduct the total cost of equipment from pre-tax profits.
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BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-64789405
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