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ABGi-UK Limited Privacy Notice

Who we are
ABGi-UK is a leading UK R&D tax credit specialist having our head office at 6 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HA.

This notice explains ABGi-UK’s approach to the personal information we handle in carrying out our duties as a provider of R&D tax credit consultancy services.

Our Commitment
ABGi-UK is fully committed to handling personal information in accordance with data protection legislation and best data protection practices. This means that your personal information will be:

• Processed lawfully, fairly, and in a transparent manner.
• Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes.
• Only collected so far as required for our lawful purposes.
• As accurate and up to date as possible.
• Retained for a reasonable period of time, in accordance with retention policies.
• Processed in a manner which ensures an appropriate level of security.
Whether through this notice or otherwise, we hope to ensure that everyone has a good understanding of why ABGi-UK processes personal information and, where we do, the rights they may have.

Why does ABGi-UK need to process personal information?

ABGi-UK is a leading UK provider of R&D tax credit consultancy services. As explained in this notice, there are various ways in which ABGi-UK must process personal data to allow us to fulfil our role.

How does ABGi-UK collect personal information?

Like most organisations that handle personal information, there are various ways in which ABGi-UK collects information from the people we deal with.
• Email and written correspondence.
• Telephone discussions.
• Visitors to the ABGi-UK website.
• Social media.
• Application forms and other information requests.
• Direct contact at our head office, events and elsewhere.
• Occasionally we will buy in data for marketing purposes from data vendors.
We only use organisations who are members of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).
In nearly all instances, it should be obvious to you that ABGi-UK is collecting your personal data.

What personal information does ABGi-UK collect?

ABGi-UK collects personal information to fulfil its role as a provider of R&D tax consultancy services to existing and prospective clients. As there are many different aspects to this role, the information requested and collected will vary from person to person.
Existing Clients:
The personal information most commonly collected by ABGi-UK is as follows:
• Name.
• Contact details (including home and business addresses, email, telephone number).
• Date of birth.
• Employment details (including current and previous employers).
• Attendance records for ABGi-UK seminars and events.
• Copies of physical and electronic correspondence.
• Financial information.
Prospective Clients:
The personal information most commonly collected from prospective clients is as follows:
• Name.
• Contact details (including business addresses, email, telephone
• Copies of physical and electronic correspondence.

What is the lawful basis for ABGi-UK’s processing activities? 

ABGi-UK will only process personal information where we believe we have a lawful basis to do so. The basis for processing will vary from activity to activity. In some instances, processing may have more than one lawful basis.
The following information below summarises the basis on which we process personal information.

Lawful Basis   


Examples of processing activities

Sending promotional email or direct mail to businesses whom we feel would be interested in our services.

Lawful Basis   

Sales calling             

Examples of processing activities

Outbound calling to businesses whom we feel would be interested in our services.

Lawful Basis 

Processing of individual salary and employment details in assessing costs eligible for R&D tax credits.

Examples of processing activities

Capture of individual employee costs in our cost capture sheets to establish legitimate eligible R&D tax credits.

Does ABGi-UK share personal data with third parties?

Some of the processing activities set out above require ABGi-UK to share personal information with third parties. Whenever we share personal data, we take all reasonable steps to ensure it will be handled appropriately and securely by the third party.

Examples of third parties include software providers which allow ABGi-UK to operate efficient digital processes, including:
• Cisco Meraki
• Citrix Sharefile
• Force 24 (a marketing automation platform)
• Harmony
• Jungle Disk
• Kerio Connect via Below0
• Microsoft Office365
• Sage
• Sophos
For practical reasons, this is an indicative, but not exhaustive list. Please also note that the list may be updated from time to time.

How long does ABGi-UK retain personal information?

The periods for which ABGi-UK retains personal information depend on the purpose for which the information was obtained but, in general terms, we will retain personal data for so long as required by law, or as may be required for record keeping and legal claims purposes.

Where does ABGi-UK store personal information?

Personal information is mostly processed by ABGi-UK’s staff at our head offices in Edinburgh. To allow us to operate efficient digital processes, we sometimes need to store information in servers located outside the UK, within the European Economic Area (EEA).

IP addresses

ABGi-UK may collect information about the computer or device which is used to access We use this information to improve the user experience, and to help us better understand the ways in which our website is used. This may include information about:
• The computer or device type.
• IP address.
• Operating system.
• Browser type and version.
• Time zone setting and browser plug-in types and versions.
This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns. It is collected on an anonymous, aggregated basis, and does not identify individual users.


Our website makes use of cookie files to distinguish you from other users of our site, to provide you with a bespoke user experience tailored to your individual preferences. A cookie file (a small file of letters and numbers) will be placed on your computer or other access device each time you visit our site.
ABGi-UK also uses analytical cookie files. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site and to see how visitors move around our site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our site works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
If you wish to delete any such cookie files, please refer to the instructions for your file management software to locate the file or directory that stores cookies. Our cookies will contain the domain name within the file name.

You may refuse to accept cookie files when visiting our site, by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you choose this setting, you may not get an optimal web site experience and be unable to access certain parts of our site.

Your rights where ABGi-UK is processing your information

The law in the UK gives certain rights to individuals whose information is being processed by a third party. The following is a quick summary of these rights:
• Access to your information – you have the right to request a copy of the personal information about you that ABGi-UK holds.
• Correcting your information– ABGi-UK wants to make sure that your personal information is accurate, complete, and up to date, and so you may ask ABGi-UK to correct any personal information about you that you believe does not meet these standards.
• Deletion of your information – You have the right to ask ABGi-UK to delete personal information about you where:
• You consider that ABGi-UK no longer requires the information for the purposes for which it was obtained
• ABGi-UK is using that information with your consent and you have withdrawn your consent – see ‘withdrawing consent to using your information’ below.
• You have validly objected to ABGi-UK’s use of your personal information – see ‘objecting to how we may use your information’ below.
• ABGi-UK’s use of your personal information is contrary to law or ABGi-UK’s other legal obligations.
• Objecting to how we may use your information – you have the right at any time to require ABGi-UK to stop using your personal information for direct marketing purposes. In addition, where ABGi-UK uses your personal information to perform tasks carried out in the public interest, or in exercising official authority vested in it then, if you ask us to, ABGi-UK will stop using that personal information unless there are overriding legitimate grounds to continue.
• Restricting how we may use your information – in some cases, you may ask us to restrict how we use your personal information. This right might apply, for example, where we are checking the accuracy of personal information about you that we hold, or assessing the validity of any objection you have made to ABGi-UK’s use of your information. The right might also apply if ABGi-UK no longer has a basis for using your personal information but you don’t want ABGi-UK to delete the data. Where this right is validly exercised, ABGi-UK may only use the relevant personal information with your consent, for legal claims, or where there are other public interest grounds to do so.
• Withdrawing consent to using your information – where ABGi-UK uses your personal information with your consent, you may withdraw that consent at any time, and ABGi-UK will stop using your personal information for the purpose(s) for which consent was given.
Please contact ABGi-UK in any of the ways set out in the ‘contact information and further advice’ section if you wish to exercise any of these rights.

Changes to our privacy policy

ABGi-UK keeps this notice under regular review and will place any updates on this website. Paper copies of the privacy statement may also be obtained by emailing or in writing to our office at 6 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HA.
This privacy statement was last updated on 14 May 2018.

Contact information and further advice

If you have any questions which are not covered in this notice, we suggest that you email us through To help us deal with your query as quickly as possible, we recommend that you include the following in the email subject ‘FAO Data Protection Officer’. If you would prefer to submit your questions in writing, please write to our office at 6 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8EG, addressing your letter to the Data Protection Officer.


While ABGi-UK seeks to resolve directly all complaints about how we handle personal information, you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office, whose contact details are as follows:
Information Commissioner’s Office Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone – 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745
Website –



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