Innovation on the up in Yorkshire

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Yorkshire businesses are set to take full advantage of new reliefs aimed at encouraging innovation.

Business advisory firm Deloitte says Yorkshire companies were granted 182 patents last year - a five year high, which suggests they are well placed to take advantage of the Government’s new innovation boosting Patent Box tax relief.

Stuart Cottee, head of tax at Deloitte in Yorkshire, said: “These are encouraging figures for Yorkshire’s economy, particularly as the total number of patent applications granted in the UK dropped last year. The Patent Box has been designed to work alongside existing R&D tax relief and will benefit patent owners across a broad range of industries from manufacturing through to consumer businesses.

“Innovative, high-value products are a cornerstone of successful export businesses, which is why the Government has recently unveiled a raft of measure such as the Patent Box and the enhanced R&D tax credits to encourage firms to invest in research and innovation.”