How MPA is responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MPA was founded to support innovative UK businesses, who in turn drive the UK economy. We believe it is important that we continue to do this, now more than ever. Our business will continue to operate, with a focus on supplying vital funds and helping businesses to improve cash flow at this challenging time.

In light of the evolving Coronavirus situation, we’ve introduced a number of measures to protect our staff and clients, who remain our number one priority. Details on this can be found below.

We’ll update this web page as the situation changes and further Government advice is issued. The information below is reflective of our practices as of 19th March, 2020.

 

Staff travel

We have now stopped all staff travel, as we believe this is the best way to reduce risk of infection. This means all meetings will be held remotely. As a business built on flexibility, we are happy to use a range of software options to hold these meetings, including:

 

If you have another preference, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate it.

 

Remote work

With over 30% of our workforce working remotely across the UK, we were already set up to facilitate home working. Closing our central office has meant a change for many of our staff, so we’ve introduced a few measures to guide affected staff on their move to remote working:

  • IT training and guidance on remote working software such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams
  • Scheduling regular team meetings to keep communication open
  • Encouraging attendance of company-wide online presentations and events

 

Office visits

As the office is now closed indefinitely, we are not accepting any visitors to the office. We will release an update on when the office is planned to re-open as the situation evolves and further Government guidance is released.

 

Business continuity

As previously mentioned, now is a more important time for ever for us to support innovative UK businesses with funding. As many businesses struggle with cashflow, our services are well-placed to provide additional support in this area.

We are working with HMRC to ensure innovation funding like R&D tax credits and Patent Box remains available and is delivered efficiently to those businesses that need it.

We are also looking at additional services we could offer to further support UK businesses at this challenging time.

Our experts are on hand to help, so please get in touch if you would like advice on innovation funding. If you’ve created a new product or service, or improved an existing one then it’s likely your business qualifies. With the average R&D tax credit claim worth £54,000, it’s well-worth a conversation.