Our Events

Throughout the year, Robinson Reed Layton holds events for our clients and for the wider community throughout Cornwall. These events cover a range of subjects from effective tax planning for individuals, Auto Enrolment, to industry specific seminars, and sponsored sporting events. These are often in partnership with other organisations, meaning that events address a wider range of subjects.

If you would like more information about these events in Cornwall, contact us.

Upcoming Events

Regular Drop In Sessions at Cornwall’s Innovation Centres

Alison Elvey, our Grants Specialist, with one of our Partners, has joined up with Aaron Chipperfield-Hamshire, SWIG Finance; James Findlay, Barclays Business Manager and Toni Drew, Business Development Adviser, from Truro and Penwith College Business, to hold regular drop in sessions to assist businesses at the Pool, Tremough and Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centres.

During the drop in sessions businesses will be able to speak to Alison, Aaron, James and Toni regarding their grant funding, loan finance, banking, training and apprenticeship needs. Private meeting space is available during these sessions.

The next meeting is at Tremough Innovation Centre on 24th January 2018.


For further information please contact Alison Elvey at


Past Events

Autumn Budget 2017 – Free Budget Impact Seminar

On Thursday 30th November 2017, the firm hosted a free brekfast Autumn Budget Impact seminar at the Penventon Hotel in Redruth starting at 8.15 am.

Steve Maggs, Tax Partner at Robinson Reed Layton, and Senior Tax Associate Alex Reed gave their analysis, cutting through all of the political jargon to give a clear understanding of how the announcements will impact on businesses, customers and Cornwall.

Held a week after the announcement, the seminar gave a considered commentary, to discover what the full impact of the Autumn Statement will be once the political dust had settled.


Unlocking Funds for Business Growth

Do you know what grants are available to help your business grow?
Are you confident your business is tax efficient?
Do you know how best to unlock funds and accelerate cash flow?

On Thursday 16th November 2017, we hosted ‘Unlocking Funds for Business Growth’, in partnership with Lloyds Bank. Alongside Simon King from Lloyds, Tax Partner Steve Maggs and Grants Specialist Alison Elvey presented at The Old Quay House, Hayle.


Spark Presentation

Alison Elvey, our Grants Specialist, is a business consultant on the Spark programme and regularly presents to participants about grants and alternative finance for start-up businesses.

Spark is a 5 step programme designed to give participants the insight, tools and knowledge to take a business idea forward. The unique programme offers a mixture of workshops, events, guidance and 1:1 support via a dedicated business mentor. Participants have the opportunity to pitch their idea and be selected for grant funding and a chance to test trade the idea. Backed by the Cornwall Innovation Centres, Plymouth University, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and local businesses, Spark is a European Regional Development Funded project.

On 14th and 15th September Alison presented to the Spark for Women course and provided individual grant advice to six start-up businesses.


Grant Opportunities and Tax Tips

Do you know what grants are available to help your business grow?
Are you confident your business is tax efficient?

Our breakfast seminar, organised in conjunction with Natwest, on Wednesday 22nd March, aimed to answer these questions, by helping attendees to find out what grants are available to give their hospitality business a boost ahead of the summer season.

Alison Elvey, Grants Specialist, offered an overview of the current grants on offer through Cornwall’s EU funding streams, and other relevant grants for your business.

Tax Partner Steve Maggs gave a short budget update and explored the topical tax every business needs to know about, identifying the right company structures for business growth, tax considerations relevant to where a business is in its lifecycle, tax reliefs and any tax considerations when raising funds.

More information about Robinson Reed Layton’s Grants services is available here, and you can keep up to date with the latest information from our Grants Bulletin here.


Cornwall Business Show 2017

On Thursday 16th March 2017, Robinson Reed Layton attended the Cornwall Business Show which took place at the Royal Cornwall Showground.

The show, which is Cornwall’s largest business to business trade show, featured more than 100 exhibitors from a range of sectors across the county.

For more information on the Cornwall Business Show 2017, click here to visit their website.


Isles of Scilly Business Week 2017

On Monday 6th March 2017, Tax Partner Steve Maggs hosted a seminar discussing ‘Setting up your Business to be Tax Efficient and Profitable’.

The talk included information on the advantages and disadvantages of incorporation versus operating as a sole-trader/partnership, and emphasised the importance of making the most of the reliefs available to businesses.

The session also included a chance for one-to-one discussions with Steve.

To view a copy of the slides from Steve’s presentation, click here.


Autumn Statement 2016 – The Full Impact

Steve Maggs, Tax Partner at Robinson Reed Layton

On Tuesday 29th November, Robinson Reed Layton hosted a free breakfast Autumn Statement briefing, which took place at the Penventon Park Hotel in Redruth.

Our Tax Partner, Steve Maggs, gave a considered analysis of the announcements, cutting through the political jargon to give those who attended a clear understanding of how the Autumn Statement will impact on them, their businesses and Cornwall.

The presentation lasted for about 45 minutes and was followed by a Q&A.

A copy of the PowerPoint from Steve’s presentation is available here, and you can find a full breakdown of the Autumn Statement here.


Steve Maggs Presents on Corporation Tax

Our Tax Partner, Steve Maggs, hosted a 30 minute presentation in the Helford suite at the Tremough Innovation Centre to introduce Corporation Tax Reliefs with specific reference to Creative Industry and Research and Development (R&D) Tax Reliefs.

Creative Industry Tax Reliefs include Film Tax Relief, Animation Tax Relief, High-end Television Tax Relief, Children’s Television Tax Relief, Video Games Development Relief and Theatre Tax Relief.

The presentation covered general points was followed with a Q&A session in which the audience could ask specific questions relevant to their sector.


Cornwall Careers Show 2016

In 2016, we attended the Cornwall Careers Show which took place at the Royal Cornwall Showground on the 12th and 13th October.

As part of the show, the firm’s trainees provided an insight into the benefits of an accountancy career and challenged the attendees to use their maths and logic skills in a series of fun “have a go” activities.

A number of the firm’s trainee staff attended the show, all of whom are ideally placed to be able to offer advice to school students on the transition from education to working as an accountant.

For more information on the Cornwall Careers Show 2016, you can visit their website.


Robinson Reed Layton stand & staff attending Careers Show 2016

Robinson Reed Layton stand & staff attending Careers Show 2016


Steve Maggs, Tax Partner, presents ‘Protecting Your Business’ seminars

In October 2016, our Tax Partner, Steve Maggs, in partnership with Coodes and Towry Limited, hosted a series of free ‘Protecting Your Business’ seminars across Cornwall.

During the seminars, Steve Maggs shared key insights and advice on best practice to protect your business and maximise its value. The informative seminars provided an insight as to how to manage typical key risk areas for businesses and looked at ways of significantly mitigating any associated potential negative impact on business performance.

Seminars were held in Truro, St Austell and Launceston, and provided information relevant for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.


Steve Maggs, Tax Director, and Alex Reed, present at the Cornwall Association of Residential Letting Agents

On Wednesday 16 March 2016 Steve Maggs, Tax Director at Robinson Reed Layton, and Alex Reed gave an overview on property tax at the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) regional meeting at the Alverton Manor. Their presentation included an update on the new rules that have come into effect, and outlined the affect on landlords.

Steve Maggs & Alex Reed

To see a copy of the presentation please click here.


Auto Enrolment Seminar in the Isles of Scilly: Everything you need to know about new pensions regulations.

On Tuesday 8 March 2016 we hosted a seminar on St Marys on the Isles of Scilly as part of the Scilly Business Week. The event was organised by the Islands’ Partnership, with the assistance of the Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Lifelong Learning team.

Robinson Reed Layton was joined by Neil Esslemont, the Head of Industry Liaison for The Pensions Regulator and Independent Financial Adviser Stephen Watson of Watson French Ltd.

The seminar helped businesses make sense of auto enrolment by detailing the Government’s new pension requirements for employees and business obligations regarding enrolling eligible workers.


Please see below links to the presentations from the seminar:

Robinson Reed Layton

Neil Esslemont, the Head of Industry Liaison for The Pensions Regulator

Stephen Watson, Watson French


Auto Enrolment Seminar

Please see below links to the presentations from our Auto Enrolment Seminar on Friday 11 September 2015.

Stephen Rowntree, The Pensions Regulator – Pension reform and the Auto Enrolment process

Stephen Watson, Watson French – Embracing the elephant in the room

Robinson Reed Layton – Payroll services