Ukie Hotline 2020 – Refresh

The Ukie Hotline has been running for several weeks now, and we thought it was time for a refresh. The Hotline gives all games companies the opportunity to get quick and free advice from industry experts across various disciplines; PR, legal, recruitment, finance, business development and much more.

How do I take advantage of the Ukie Hotline? 

All members listed below have kindly offered up their time to help provide free advice. Each is available on the phone, email, and twitter to answer your questions, completely free of charge. 

Who are the experts taking part int he Ukie Hotline? 

Below is a list of Ukie member companies taking part. Click on the respective links below to see more information about what they do, what they can help you with and how to contact them for free. We have also catagorised the experts to make it easier for you to find the right person to speak to! 

If you are a Ukie Partner Member and would like to get involved in this initiative to provide support to your fellow members then please contact Leon@ukie.org.uk

Legal

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
Sheridans Liam Price Sheridans Contact Details
Legal/Law advice specific to the video games industry
Harbottle & Lewis LLP Kostyantyn Lobov Harbottle & Lewis Contact Details Legal/Law advice specific to the video games industry
Lee & Thomspon Julian Ward Lee & Thompson Contact Details Legal/Law advice specific to the video games industry
Laytons LLP Brian Miller Laytons LLP Contact Details Legal/Law advice specific to the video games industry
Irwin Mitchell LLP Laura Harper Irwin Mitchell LLP Contact Details Legal/Law advice specific to the video games industry

Finance, Accounting and Tax (+VGTR)

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
Sugar Matt Frenchman Financing, UA finance, etc 
Shipleys LLP Terry Bourne Shipleys LLP Contact Details Accounting and tax advice for the video games sector
Plus Accounting Luke Thomas Plus Accounting Contact Details Accounting and tax services for the video game sector
BFI Certification Unit Anna & Stuart BFI Contact Details Applications for VGTR
ICO Partners Thomas Bidaux ICO Partners Contact Details Self-publishing and crowdfunding
Myriad Associates Chris Dowsett Myriad Associates Contact Details Video games tax relief, R&D tax credits & grants
HSBC UK Paul Stroud HSBC Contact Details Personal financial advice
Barclays Jon Paterson Barclays Contact Details VGTR, business support, and general support

PR, Marketing & Communications 

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
Little Big PR  Alex Verrey Little Big PR Contact Details PR Agency, influencers, press
Big Games Machine James Kaye Big Games Machine Contact Details  PR Agency, global launches with media and influencers. Consumer & B2B
Identity Spark Natalie Griffith Identity Spark Contact Details Branding, communication, and PR 
Swipe Right PR  Kirsty Endfield Swipe Right PR Contact Details Esports and video games communication
Renaissance PR Stefano Petrullo Renaissance PR Contact Details
Communication/PR for video games
Plan of Attack  Chris Clarke Plan of Attack Contact Details European and North American media communications and influencer agency

FX, International Payment and International Trade

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
Caxton FX Limited Joseph Wass Caxton FX Contact Details International payments, FX risk management
Halo Financial Michael Hart Halo Financial Contact Details International payments, FX risk management
Monteith Partners Chris Hodson Monteith Partners Contact Details Global payments specialist
Cambridge Global Payments Joseph Dunkley Cambridge Global Details International payments, FX Risk Management
Crayfish.io Jane Ru Crayfish.io Contact Details Service provider for international engagement with China

Recruitment 

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
Aardvark Swift Rian Luke Aardvark Swift Contact Details Leading video game recruiter 

Localisation 

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
Universally Speaking Tim Horton Universally Speaking Contact Details Localization, QA, Audio

Insurance 

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
GG Insurance Services Phil Wildman GG Insurance Contact Details Insurance for the games sector

Other 

Partner
Contact
Link to Contact Details          
Expertise/Specialty 
SimpleCloud  Olivier Wolff  SimpleCloud Contact Details Remote working software solution for studios
AudioMob Ben Williams AudioMob Contact Details AudioMob offer non-intrusive audio for video games
Kiln Ben Williams Kiln Contact Details Growth agency specializing in business development
See contact details Andy Payne Contact Details How to handle a crisis & working from home
ModSquad Clive Jefferies ModSquad Contact Details Global provider of on-demand digital engagement services

Remember, if you can't find the right help above, you can also contact Leon@ukie.org.uk if you need specifc help with something else and we'll look to direct you to the correct expert. 

Check out the Ukie Film Vault for useful videos from various experts.