Leading research and development tax relief specialist Jumpstart has secured the services of a highly-rated and hugely experienced business expert to further enhance its industry-beating business analysis capability.
It has appointed ROBERT COPE, veteran of PwC, IBM, DEC and Omnicom, to head its business analysis push into the exciting new technology clusters growing out of the rust-belt areas from North East England to Yorkshire and the Humber.
He will help bring Jumpstart’s unparalleled success in helping companies claim for R&D tax relief to the many process industry enterprises emerging from areas formerly known for heavy engineering.
Cope, 61, said: “There are significant opportunities in the North East. I have joined Jumpstart because of its proven ability to practically assist companies which are making a major contribution to the commercial future of UK plc.”
Harrogate-based Cope, a Cambridge graduate in engineering and management studies, has a remarkable business track record in senior positions with major global corporations, in disciplines ranging from leasing and financing to strategic sales and procurement.
He joined PwC from university, specialising in audit, before joining Schroder Leasing and then transferring to IBM, where he spent 12 years in sales and sales support roles, leasing and financing and selling mid-range and mainframe computer systems. He was IBM’s account manager for Asda.
IBM promoted him to operations manager in its $2.5bn European customer financing operation, and then to head up its UK customer finance marketing unit – a $500m business.
He was headhunted by Digital Equipment Corporation, based in Brussels, where he led DEC’s European business unit providing IT solutions to retail and wholesale industry customers. On return to the UK he then took a senior position providing customer financing solutions throughout Europe for leading IT manufacturers such as Dell, Apple and Cisco.
Subsequently, he became Omnicom Group’s International Procurement Director for 10 years before establishing his own consultancy which took him into the R&D tax relief arena, in which he has recently specialised.
Brian Williamson, managing director at Jumpstart, said: “We are enormously gratified to have been able to attract someone of Robert’s undoubted business experience and expertise. He has an enviable track record and his remarkable talents will bring tangible benefits to existing and new Jumpstart clients.”