Case Studies

Jamie Gray - JC Gray Ltd- Photographer

Myles Anderson - Bright Little Light Ltd - Specialist local SEO tools.

Jonny S Ltd - Photographer

The Business​

Jamie Gray is a London based photographer who has curated a large body of work spanning the whole photographic spectrum. Jamie's expertise takes him all over the world shooting for some of the biggest brands.

How have Ten Forward helped?

TFF have worked on Jamie’s personal and business accounts over the years. We’ve worked with him on helping him reach his financial goals which can be a challenge in London. Finding solutions  to challenges that come with working in the fashion industry as a photographer, and making sure he’s not been hit with astronomical tax bills each year.

What have been the benefits?

“I have an incredibly packed schedule as a photographer. It’s been great to work with the TFF team who are happy to work around me when I’m flat out on a shoot. I’ve found it very reassuring that TFF have helped me keeps my costs down, and have really take the time to understand properly how my money is spent. My business has benefitted hugely because I’ve had the guys at TFF available to me to share, and talk through ideas with. Their expert advice has been invaluable. Also, knowing that they understand my industry so well and have other similar clients has made my life so much easier, as they understand everything in context when giving me sound financial advice.” – Jamie Gray.

The Business​

Bright Little Light started out as a search agency providing local search services to a range of local businesses in and around London. As they’ve grew they began building SEO tools themselves. Seeing a gap in the market they decided to jump in, and now proudly specialise in SEO tools that focus on local businesses and local agencies.

Why were Bright Local eligible for R&D Tax Credits?

Bright Local is an online service for local businesses to search information about local businesses for marketing purposes. They have developed the online program which has been developed over the few years. Similar to our other clients, we carried out a detail review and discovered that it was innovative and unique. Based on the process of the development and the nature of it, it was eligible for the research and development tax credits.

How has the claim benefited the business?

“Yes the R&D credits made an impact to the business. It allowed us to reinvest in our server infrastructure, enabling us to purchase our own hardware & reduce our monthly hosting costs by 80%. It felt like a double saving!” – Myles Anderson.

The Business

Jonny is a fashion and beauty photographer who has been creating iconic and fashion beauty imagery for over a decade. Jonny has worked with many big names such as Sony, Nine West, and L’Oréal. He is known for his distinctive style, art direction and brand knowledge.

How have Ten Forward helped?

Jonny is bursting with great business ideas. We were able to help him structure what could have been a complex business structures into something more simplified and easier for him to manage. We didn’t want him to become overwhelmed with admin taking his focus away from doing what he loves- building his business. The systems we set up for him ensured he wasn’t burdened with unnecessary work. We also helped Jonny to become as tax efficient as possible so that he could get the most out of his hard work.

What have been the benefits?

“It’s been great to have the support of TFF with both my personal and business accounts. I’ve always felt as though the team have given me lots of options which in itself has given me freedom. One thing I was surprised about is how much one on one time the team have given me both on the phone, and in person. I’ve never felt that I’m on the clock when dealing with TFF which is exactly what I needed.  I’ve been able to see my business thrive with their support which I’m very happy about.” - Jonny

William Lorenz - Kwanji Ltd - Trade & payments architecture

The Business

Kwanji is a foreign exchange comparison site designed to provide businesses with direct access to the best possible foreign exchange rate through their panel of FCA regulated brokers.

Why were Kwanji eligible for R&D tax relief?

Kwanji have developed an online system which enables businesses to make forex payments available anywhere and everywhere. This project qualified for Research and Development tax credit criteria as their concept and system is unique.

How has the claim benefited the business?

“With the help of Ten Forward, we were able to make a successful R&D Tax Credit claim that was entirely hassle free for us. The team made sure we only had to be involved where needed and this is essential for me as I just don’t have any spare hours in the day. Receiving this tax credit was exactly what our business needed and. I’d most definitely recommend making a claim and using Ten Forward.”

Christian Lambelin- Fashion Model

The Business

Christian Lambelin is a model with 22 years of experience behind him. Starting at the tender age of 15 years old Christian has built up an impressive body of work doing catwalks, TV commercials and campaigns. Christian has been part of shoots for major global brands such as ASOS, H&M, and Versace just to name a few.

How have Ten Forward helped?

We’ve been able to help Christian with his forward planning for earnings and personal income. The nature of his business means that income can be sporadic, which presents a challenge to many in reaching the financial milestones they set out for themselves. Despite this with the tax planning and wealth planning we’ve done for Christian, he’s been able to reach these financial milestones. We work with Christian on his personal and business accounts. As we work with other clients who are in the modelling industry, we are adept at dealing with challenges that are exclusive to this industry.

What have been the benefits?

“TFF offer an amazing personal, tailored accounting service that has helped me achieve peace of mind and confidence that my tax affairs are being dealt with. In my transitional line of work, they've taken on each challenge I present to them with relish and vigor and always with impeccable results. Communicating with accountants about tax isn’t known to be the easiest of tasks but with TFF it’s always been clear, concise and in a language that. I find it easy to communicate with accountants in general but not always about tax. I love the fact that TFF know the modelling industry so well. I really needed an Accountant I could trust and who was always looking out for my interests, which is exactly what I have with Ten Forward.”

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