[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]
27 February 2013 -
London, United Kingdom – Games trade body Ukie will be
holding a series of roadshows around the UK to help games business
understand how the new legislation and the Cultural Test will work
for them .
The Ukie Tax Relief Roadshows will include:
The roadshows will be free and are open to all games and
interactive entertainment businesses. They will be followed by
drinks and a chance to network.
A guide to how to apply for the
relief and how much it could be worth to your business
- An explanation of the Cultural Test and how to pass it
- A chance to hear more about the scheme from our panel of
experts from the games industry, HMRC and the BFI (who will be
administering the Cultural test)
- A chance to get advice from legal and accountancy experts
Ukie’s roadshows will take place in the following
Ukie is expecting the tax relief system to be in place by
April and the Roadshows are planned to start from then and go on
until the end of the year. Games businesses are being asked
to register interest now to ensure that they are guaranteed a place
at the Roadshows.
- NW England
- NE England
- SW England
Ukie will be working with regional networks and hooking into
existing games events where possible to deliver the tax roadshow.
One of the regional networks already confirmed is game business
network Game Republic.
Games businesses can register interest in Ukie’s Tax
Relief Roadshows here:
Ukie CEO, Dr Jo Twist said: “We want as many games
businesses as possible, throughout the country, to be able to take
advantage of tax relief as soon as it is formerly introduced,
hopefully this Spring. Our nationwide roadshows will provide access
to legal and accountancy experts and give games businesses the
chance to speak directly to key people at HMRC and BFI who will be
actually administering the new scheme, and most importantly, the
Cultural Test. Games businesses should let us know now if
they’re interested so that they don’t miss out on
getting access to vital information.”
Jamie Sefton, MD of Game Republic said: "Game Republic is
excited to be working with Ukie on delivering these essential tax
roadshows. It's vital that the games developers in the north of
England can take full advantage of the upcoming UK tax breaks to
help their businesses in the global marketplace."
For all press enquiries, please contact the Ukie press office on
T: +44 (0)20 7534 0580 or E:
The Association for United Kingdom Interactive Entertainment or
Ukie (pronounced YOU-KEY) is a trade body that aims to support,
grow and promote the whole of the UK’s games and interactive
entertainment industry. Founded in 2010 (although formerly known as
ELSPA), Ukie’s membership includes all the major UK and
global games publishers and the best of UK development talent -
from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful
studios operating in the UK today.
We also have distributors, academic institutions, new
publishers, and media outlets that are integral to the lifeblood of
the industry as part of the family.
Ukie works with government to champion a range of issues
including age ratings, education and skills, access to finance and
protecting intellectual property rights. It also works with the
media to ensure true and accurate representation of the sector by
raising awareness of the industry’s positive economic
contribution and the societal benefits of gaming to policy makers,
regulators and consumers.
One of Ukie’s key roles is to support its members by
providing them with key market information, promoting careers and
offering the business support services, training and best-practice
knowledge to enable them to operate most effectively.
We also offer a comprehensive events programme to give the games
industry access to key information, leading industry figures and
give everyone the chance to network. You can see our events
In addition, Ukie compiles weekly, monthly and annual retail
charts and sales reports for the UK market.