Technology and digitalisation continues to disrupt the media and creative industries at an increasing pace whether that be in marketing services, content creation, publishing, radio, TV, film, music, fashion, theatre or gaming (to name quite a few!). Innovative technology combined with smart data is being used to add services such as AI, AR, VR and UX to satisfy and enhance consumers’ experiences as they demand more value from their content and consume it over an increasing number of channels.

We understand the challenging and fast evolving landscape that Media Technology and Createch businesses operate in. We can combine both professional and commercial expertise, ensuring you get the best advice tailored for the industry you operate in. We provide an extensive range of compliance services, including audit and accountancy, tax, business outsourcing and payroll solutions as well as strategic advisory services and bespoke advice.

Many Media Technology and Createch companies may take time to deliver revenues and profits, but achieving scale quickly with first mover advantage is often key and so the right funds at the right time can be vital to unlocking your full potential. However access to finance is often a challenge and choosing between debt and equity can be difficult. We understand the fundraising landscape and can support you along your fundraising journey whether that’s early stage crowdfunding , business angels or venture capital or later stage investment such as private equity. Use of the very valuable R&D tax credits can also be a vital source of funds – we can do this for you ensuring you maximize your claim. We can also guide you through the minefield that is SEIS and EIS with their generous income tax and capital gains tax reliefs relief that help to attract a wider pool of investors ( as well as being valuable for founders!) .

The desire or necessity to realise your investment at an earlier stage than non tech businesses may mean you are looking for a pre-revenue or pre-profit exit. Our team at Kingston Smith Corporate Finance has numerous deals under its belt and knows what buyers are looking for in the tech landscape and how deals in this sector are structured. They will value your company for you, find interested buyers and support you right throughout a transaction.

Sometimes its necessary to take your business overseas to find the traction or investors that it requires – we have helped numerous businesses do this and draw on the expertise of our international association Morison KSi to facilitate this.

Whatever stage you are at (even if it’s just an idea!) give us a call to see how we could work with you.

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Kingston Smith were true partners from the outset, helping us document and present our business most effectively, achieve the best commercial results whilst also supporting the relationship building process with our new owners. They were, without exception, good people to work with – pragmatic, extremely articulate around the intricacies of the financial process we were navigating, going the extra mile for our cause.

Luke Hammersley
Co-founder, Zebra Worldwide