Breakthrough's R&D activity helped Sue to finance her social purpose projects. She had no need to do this but used profits from the company that would normally go to her as the 100% shareholder, to support her clients and partners instead. Her projects help them to get other funding, publicity or new business through her networks, awards, magazines, radio shows or partnership programmes. Sue and the company take no remuneration for this, but just see it as their social purpose which is wrapped around the core aim of getting back R&D tax benefit.
Concentrating on social impact doesn’t just mean helping their clients though. Sue pledged that they should also be a responsible corporate citizen:
The whole team have seen first hand that their ability to help clients secure R&D money creates new jobs, eases cashflow, allows business owners to be less worried about paying the wage bill each month, afford that piece of machinery they so desperately need etc but that’s not enough for Sue. She also spends much of her free time supporting other initiatives close to her heart.
In 2017 Sue wrote and published FoodTech UK to make a case for the UK as the centre for foodtech innovation and to attract inward investment. She set up the FoodTech Group within the highly respected Tech London Advocates volunteer organisation. As part of this she is currently advising the following in a voluntary capacity:
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