At the heart of the Growth Plan, released on Friday, is its objective to increase private investment across the UK. This is a central principle of the government’s aim to achieve a national growth rate of 2.5%. This approach is consistent with recent announcements from key UK grant funders, such as UKRI, who have also increased their focus on attracting and stimulating private business investment.
In this mini-budget, the focus is on reducing taxes and changing the regulatory environment to increase the flow of private capital. The most eye-catching elements are:
Corporation Tax Reduction to 19%, lowest in G20
Permanent increase in Annual Investment Allowance (AIA)
Expansion of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
Creation of new Investment Zones across the UK
Reformation of the pensions regulatory charge cap
In addition to the raft of striking tax and regulatory interventions planned, the Growth Plan also notes that the government continues to review the UK’s R&D tax relief schemes with any changes to the schemes expected to be announced during the next quarter. Also anticipated in the next quarter from the UK Government is a critical decision regarding the UK’s continued association with Horizon Europe (and potential reshoring of this R&D budget back to the UK).
Overall, this Growth Plan is likely to release capital in the short-term, enabling companies to invest more in R&D complementing other government initiatives to provide business-led grants that further extend and expand the scope of UK businesses’ R&D activities.
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