While luvvies of the stage and screen are often more associated with espousing hard-left ideologies than a stable fiscal plan, it is often right-wing governments who provoke the creative industries into their most productive phases. With Donald Trump having ridden a populist surge to the White House and Brexit pending, we might hope for a flourishing artistic scene to compensate us for the economic uncertainty. Ready and eager to capitalise on this trend is Alistair Bambridge, who started Bambridge Accountants in 2010, using his youthful cultural awareness to provide solutions to the creative industries. His work focuses on ‘seed enterprise investment schemes (SEIS) and the enterprise investment scheme (EIS)’ —tax relief for new ventures — and creative industry tax relief, such as the government’s recent push to incentivise film and TV companies to come to the UK. He has an excellent range of acronyms to back him up on this, as he’s CTA, EA, and ACA, giving him the ability to practice in both the US and UK. The biggest change at present is the shift into the US. The work in the US is more focused on individuals in the creative industry, with about 45 percent of the 1,300 clients based across the Atlantic. Bambridge notes that the issues that dominate creative minds are political: even as they see the opportunity present in Trump’s tax reform and extension of EIS and SEIS in the UK.
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