We have today launched our new Access to Finance Guide for games businesses. You can find the full guide here.
Accessing finance is a challenge facing many games businesses in the UK. The new Ukie Access to Finance guide, written by Ukie Partner members Harbottle & Lewis, tells UK games businesses where to look for sources of funding and how best to make use of them.
New £40m fund and guide to finance for creative industries launched
A new £40 million private equity fund focused on the creative industries has been launched, with support from the government's British Business Bank.
Check out below the programme of events which will be held at Ukie's Royal Box presentation space at gamescom next week...
China games trade mission a success
This week I am in an extremely hot and humid Shanghai on a UKTI/Ukie joint trade mission for UK games companies. We have 13 fantastic companies, which we recruited and for whom we helped secure funding, to spend a week, hosted by UKTI China, meeting Chinese companies such as Tencent, Galaxy Entertainment, Netease and Youzu in the week of Chinajoy.
HMRC publishes new guidance on EU VAT changes
The changes to VAT rules for cross-border sales in the EU that are coming into force on 1st January have been the source of a lot of recent debate, with widespread concerns over the effect they will have on small businesses making digital sales.
British Companies generate £8m on the UK stand at gamescom
Fifty-three UK companies exhibited this year on the UK industry stand at the biggest gamescom yet, generating a staggering £8m worth of actual business and £26m of potential business across the three days of the expo. More than 2,500 visitors flocked to the UK industry stand, including VIPs, key industry players from global development and publishing studios, as well as Susan Speller, the UK’s Consul General in Düsseldorf.
A useful summary of funding for digital businesses has been published
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Technology Strategy Board, Catapults, Tech City, IC tomorrow, Nesta and the Open Data Institute are collaborating on a monthly digest of useful information for digital businesses, including funding calls, support, events and training. August's digest is available below.
Nesta reports the positives on businesses of mentoring
We recently announced the mentors and the companies they had been matched with as part of the Games Mentoring scheme we run in partnership with Nesta, which is part of their wider Creative Business Mentoring programme.
After a long, hard campaign, UK Games Tax Relief is finally here. It took a lot of work by a lot of people to get to this point, and we are confident it will be well worth it.
You might think it's not for your company, but we worked hard to make sure everyone in the industry can benefit. On this page we answer some of the worries people have voiced, and explain how you can claim the relief.
We've published a guide to everything that you need to know about games tax relief.