Chester based Thornton Science Park is acquiring a reputation as a hotbed of innovation; with a unique combination of industry and academia, creating an environment for both to work independently and, where appropriate, in partnership.
Businesses based at Thornton have a number of other unique benefits including access to students on placements, the ability to recruit undergraduate talent, as well as on site accountancy support and advice.
John Farrell, Accounts Senior at Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, has been holding weekly accountancy advice surgeries at Thornton for the past 18 months, offering guidance on setting up a business, expenses and Research and Development claims.
John is a familiar face at Thornton especially to a number of companies who are Ellis & Co clients; one of which is Menatech Limited.
Dr Jason Dale, Founder and CEO of Menatech is the perfect example of what Thornton is all about.
“Our mission is to aid and support emerging innovative technologies,” said Jason, who is also a Director and Founder of Sea-Lix AS which is currently developing patent pending next generation tidal and hydro power turbines.
“We provide a range of advanced R&D consultancy services at pivotal points in the development process, from the initial conceptual idea through to prototype demonstration and have specialist experience in the energy, environment and maritime industries.
“I chose Thornton to be based at an innovative engineering hub offering research and manufacturing capabilities outside of the company specialities.
"As well as having the ability to collaborate and draw on the expertise and facilities of the University; we have exposure to like-minded high tech companies and to develop long term relationships with them.”
Menatech became a client of Ellis & Co when the company was incorporated in October 2011.
“Ellis & Co provides all aspects to support the company’s business from payroll, accounts, VAT and Corporation Tax to strategic business advice and personal tax issues,” said Jason.
“They are very knowledgeable in accounting matters whilst also being approachable and friendly.
"What makes them different from other accountants is that they offer a wide variety of services and are genuinely interested in your business and its growth,” he added.
John is Menatech’s dedicated Account Manager and is the company’s principal point of contact.
“I have worked with Menatech for the past six years and it has been rewarding seeing it start from a new company to become an established business,” said John.
“Companies like Jason’s are always interesting to work with, not only preparing accounts but also completing the research and development claim. As well as Menatech we have other clients on Thornton Science Park who we enjoy working with and provide all aspects of accounting services to.”
John is on site every Monday morning from 9am to midday offering support and advice to Thornton based businesses.
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