linkedin Created with Sketch. twitter Created with Sketch. instagram Created with Sketch.

Two’s Company: Brian Williamson and James Faulds

Does a chief executive want their chairman to be a set of reigns, or a set of spurs? Brian Williamson, the managing director of Jumpstart, describes his chairman, James Faulds, as both.

Jumpstart was created to help companies make successful HMRC Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief claims. It is now one of the UK’s leading R&D tax credit specialists

R&D was introduced in 2000 by then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. The company forms partnerships with UK-based accountancy firms and services both SMEs and larger companies in accessing R&D tax relief.

Jumpstart accepted a £3.4million investment from BGF for a minority stake in February 2014.

Brian Williamson recruited his chairman in the same rigorous way he recruits his employees. He needed someone who would bring something to the business. James demonstrated this immediately. He came in as an entrepreneurial chairman who could really figure out where the commercial success of the business lay.

Here, in The Telegraph’s Two’s Company series, Brain and James explore how their relationship alternates between spurs and reigns – and why they work well together:

Two’s Company: Brian Williamson and James Faulds.

Related Articles

January/2020 | Scotland

BGF celebrates a year of growth across its Scottish portfolio

BGF experienced a year of growth across its Scottish portfolio in 2019, having invested more than £280m to date to…

January/2020 | Scotland

Window Supply Company receives investment from BGF

Livingston-based Window Supply Company (WSC), which manufactures and distributes high quality window products, has secured a £2m equity investment from…

November/2017 | Business & Professional Services

BGF backs Cornwall Insight

Cornwall Insight, a leading provider of research, analysis, consultancy and training services for the energy and water sectors has received…