Leading UK research and development tax relief specialist Jumpstart is seeking to bring benefits to members of the premier trade organisation for companies in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, ADS Group.
Already a member of ADS, Jumpstart has announced the addition of Partner Manager Sandy Findlay to the ADS Scotland Policy and Profile Working Group, which was established to help promote the active engagement of ADS Scotland members.
The ADS Group is a not-for-profit organisation which represents high-value, high technology engineering, manufacturing and services firms which directly employ 142,000 people. It had a cumulative turnover of £24 billion in 2015.
The relationship is the latest in a series established by Jumpstart over several years with organisations representing groups such as lawyers, accountants and the business lobby.
The pairings allow Jumpstart to focus its specialist tax relief advice on the sector involved and also allow trade organisations to provide added value benefits to their member companies.
The ADS Scotland Policy and Profile Working Group aims to involve members in industry-level consultation and dialogue with key government agencies on policies and issues that could affect them, and to inform ADS on Scottish members’ views on UK-wide issues.
Mr Findlay said: "I am delighted to be able to support ADS Scotland in this role and I hope the working group is able to promote the profile of Scottish companies in the aerospace, defence and security sector and have a wider impact on the sector across the UK."
Graham Beck, Technical Analyst at Jumpstart, has also joined the ADS Scotland SC21 and Supply Chain Development Working Group, which was established to identify and address supply chain gaps that can be exploited by ADS members in Scotland.
Mr Beck said: "I am very pleased to be involved in this initiative and I hope the group will be able to make a positive contribution to the global competitiveness of the Scottish supply chain in the aerospace, defence and security sector."
The ADS Group president is Paul Kahn, President of Airbus Group UK, and the organisation is managed by chief executive Paul Everitt, who is also chairman of ADS subsidiary Farnborough International Limited, which runs the Farnborough International Airshow.
Paul Everitt said: “ADS is made up of more than 1,000 member companies spanning the length and breadth of the UK. Working together ADS and all its members aim to ensure the UK’s aerospace, defence, space and security industries continue to make a vital contribution to the nation’s security and prosperity.
“I am delighted Jumpstart have joined and am certain they will make a significant contribution to the work of our Scotland Policy and Profile group, to the benefit of all our members in Scotland.”