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Creative, Media & Technology

The Creative, Media & Technology industries are evolving and converging at an unprecedented rate, with digital innovation transforming the way companies work. That’s why it’s vital to have specialist advisors who understand the unique challenges you face and can offer a service that suits your style.

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Why haysmacintyre?

We advise some of the UK’s most exciting entrepreneurs and creative businesses. Our clients include technology companies, digital and media agencies, film companies, fashion and ecommerce businesses and media personalities. They work with us because we are knowledgeable about developments in their industry and have a friendly, responsive and down-to-earth approach. We specialise in advising growing, evolving, entrepreneurial businesses and as such we understand their needs and have the breadth of expertise to advise across the range of required services , as they transition from early stage to growth phase, through maturity and on to an exit event. We often act for our clients throughout and post an exit event.

We help you avoid any pitfalls, exploit opportunities and improve your commercial success. As specialists in your field, we will give you the most relevant, up to date advice and always be available to answer your questions.

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We can help you with an array of services throughout your journey and we often find ourselves working with businesses across multiple services throughout their lifecycle. We are unique in this regard and feel that our expertise at all areas of a business lifecycle helps us to understand your journey to date and your future direction of travel. It means we have the experience, the people and the drive to be your trusted business advisor and help you achieve your aspirations, whatever stage of business you are in.

We’ll be alongside you, giving advice both from a business aspect and, at those critical moments, connecting you with trusted professionals to safeguard your personal wealth and plan for your future.

We often found businesses in the Creative, Media and Technology industries are often eager to expand operations internationally. If this is you, then we’re ideally placed to support you. We co-founded MSI, a global alliance of complementary business services; this allows us to confidently recommend or work closely with professionals in all the most dynamic markets across the world, and you’ll have the reassurance that we can work with them seamlessly and, through our understanding of your business, ensure they deliver what you need.

Employee equity in difficult economic times

With the UK close to another recession and inflation running at record levels, businesses are feeling the squeeze for cash.

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Enterprise Management Incentive options

EMI options allow employees to acquire shares in the employer. They are typically structured as options to subscribe for shares at a fixed price.

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Company Share Option Plan

CSOP is a government backed tax-efficient employee option plan, which can allow companies to grant options to employees at today’s value, without suffering income tax or NIC on any increase in value.

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Growth Shares

Growth shares (otherwise known as flowering shares or hurdle shares) are a class of share with specific class rights that are often used in employee incentive planning.

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haysmacintyre offered us a one stop solution – a real game changer for a high growth company without dedicated CFO or treasury function. The personal service, outstanding competency across the team and great understanding of our goals are a huge support and ultimately mean that I can spend all of my energy on developing the business rather than administrating it.

Christoph Rieche, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer


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Partner, Head of Creative, Media & Technology
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Business lifecycle services

Concept Stage
Seed Stage
Early Stage
Scale Stage
Maturity Stage
Exit Stage

You’ve had your big idea. Now let’s help you get your business off the ground.

  • Company incorporation and full company secretarial support
  • Systems and controls advisory
  • EIS/SEIS advance assurance
  • Corporation tax and VAT registration
  • Director loan financing


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Business lifecycle... concept stage

You’re ready to consider external investment and take on staff. We’ll ease the burden so you can still focus on your business.

  • Outsourced accountancy services
  • Payroll services
  • Auto-enrolment
  • Forecasting
  • Seed investment advice
  • Cashflow management


Click below to take you to our business growth services for the seed stage.

Business lifecycle... seed stage

You’ve achieved your first milestones. Now we’ll help you reach the next ones and look after compliance matters while you progress.

  • Annual accounts preparation
  • Corporation tax compliance
  • R&D tax credits and other creative reliefs
  • Series fundraising and raising venture capital
  • Cashflow modelling
  • Directors’ personal tax


Click below to take you to our business growth services for the early stage.

Business lifecycle... early stage

As you hire more people, seek more investment and expand internationally, we can advise on these crucial matters.

  • Protecting founder interests
  • Statutory audit
  • Introductions to MSI Global Alliance accountancy and legal firm members
  • International expansion advice
  • Transfer pricing review
  • Employee share options schemes


Click below to take you to our business growth services for the scale stage.

Business lifecycle... scale stage

You’re a market leader. We’ll help you protect your success and structure your business appropriately.

  • Corporate structuring
  • VAT review
  • Debt vs equity advice
  • Employment tax review


Click below to take you to our business growth services for the maturity stage.

Business lifecycle... maturity stage

It’s time to reap the rewards. We’ll advise you on achieving the best exit for you and see you safely to its conclusion.

  • Exit advice
  • Entrepreneurs’ Relief and optimal tax structures for exit
  • Trade sales
  • Management buyouts
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Reporting Accountant on IPO
  • Vendor due diligence
  • IFRS conversion
  • Connect you with personal financial advice

Click below to take you to our business growth services for the exit stage.

Business lifecycle… exit stage

Your Personal Financial Interests

When you’re planning your exit strategy haysmacintyre can offer advice to support your personal financial interests.

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Case study: Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) options for key employees

Case study takeaways: Our client is a platform designed to support ecommerce growth. haysmacintyre assisted with structuring equity remuneration packages for key employees. The incentive package was agreed utilising available tax advantages and within the client’s timeframe. The challenge Our client wished to offer equity incentives to its key employees. Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) options […]

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We worked with a company to make a historic and current year claim going back two years under both the SME and large company schemes (for subsidised expenditure) which resulted in our client receiving a repayment of £120,000.

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