Business Partners Week

The REA is proud of the wide range of expertise within our membership, and are always looking to help support our members access the information and guidance they may need. We are delighted to bring you the Business Partners Week – a series of informative and educational webinars, to help our members learn something new and further their own knowledge in these vital areas. This series of webinars is free to attend for our members, and will feature guest speakers from a range of experts in their fields. Take a look at what we have in store, and book your place now!


Details of all the webinars are below.

Insurance: How to protect your Renewable Energy Project

Monday 10th May 2021, 12:00 – 13:00

Insurance isn’t just a necessary evil for your renewable energy project. Having the right cover and insurance expertise in your corner can actually help you to better manage your risks and costs, as well as ensuring you get the right cover in place to meet your appetite to risk and also any contractual requirements. Join Carl Gurney, Renewable Energy Director at Marsh Commercial as he provides an update on the insurance market, the key insurance considerations for the lifecycle of your renewable energy projects and the benefits of engaging an experienced renewable energy insurance broker.

The webinar will be presented by:

Carl Gurney, Account Director, Marsh Commercial

Carl is engrained in the renewable energy sector and heads up Marsh Commercial’s affinity relationship with the REA. His 20 years’ experience means he has the knowledge and understanding to offer industry insights and support your business on its growth journey.


R&D Tax Relief: Supercharge your Renewables Innovation in 3 easy steps

Tuesday 11th May 2021, 12:00 – 13:00

There is a lot of pressure on our sector to innovate. No industry will be untouched by renewable and green innovation as the battle against the climate emergency steps up. And with net zero targets edging ever closer, investment into R&D will be key in ensuring targets are met. With key government grants ending, support is still available. The R&D incentive can provide valuable funding to support the pioneering work of members in our bid to become carbon neutral.

Many REA members already claim R&D tax relief. But the incentive is complex and you may not be using it to its full potential. If you’re unsure about your claims process, or are wondering whether your business is eligible, now is the time to review your position.

This session is intended for business owners, directors and those in financial roles and will be hosted by ForrestBrown, a fellow member of the REA and the UK’s largest specialist R&D tax credit consultancy.

In this 30-minute webinar (followed by a Q&A), they’ll be explaining:

  • What R&D tax relief is, and how to access it
  • How much it can be worth to your business.
  • How to supercharge your existing claim in three simple steps.


Consulting: Introduction to Financial Modelling

Wednesday 12th May 2021, 12:00 – 13:00

The webinar is presented by Almax Partners, an REA Patron, and specialists in business and financial modelling for investment funding at any scale.  In the first of our series of finance webinars, Almax CEO Max Valentine will set the market scene by introducing the sources of finance and what information investors expect from your financial model and supporting documentation illustrating the principles with some real project examples.
Further discussion about the variations between types of renewable and low carbon businesses and matching with suitable funding sources will be covered in more details in subsequent webinars.

HR: Essential Business Briefing – Key Employment Law Updates

Thursday 13th May 2021, 12:00 – 13:00

In February, the Supreme Court ruled that Uber drivers are classed as workers, not self-employed. This entitles them to many employment rights such as holiday pay, National Minimum Wage, and more. But how does this ruling affect your business?

Citation will be revisiting the topic of The Good Work Plan to check you are familiar with the huge overhaul of employment law legislation that came into effect in April last year and have made the necessary updates to your handbooks, policies and documentation.

To help you get to grips with the changes, the webinar will cover:

  • An overview of The Good Work Plan and the key changes you need to know about
  • Your responsibilities as an employer when using casual staff
  • Changes to the employment rights of employees, workers and self-employed
  • How to distinguish between the different types of employment law status.


For any issues with booking, please contact [email protected]