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Innovation - our door is open!

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I’m Antony Collard, HMRC’s Director of Architecture & Innovation. The Innovation team is new and I’d like to tell you what we do and ask you to get involved too.

Building in-house capacity to drive and support innovation

Having been part of our digital leadership team for some time I’ve already been involved in some brilliant transformational initiatives, such as our Automation Delivery Centre,  Multi-channel Digital Tax Platform and our RadLab that works with our risking teams. Even though these have been ground-breaking projects, our new innovation team will improve HMRC’s digital capabilities even further. We are building our in-house capacity to drive and support innovation across all our activity. One that helps us anticipate and plan, not just for the technology needs of today, but also those knocking at the door of tomorrow.

HMRC is a large organisation, carrying out a myriad of activities vital to the UK economy and society. So we’re really keen to harness the latest innovative thinking across all digital sectors. We also want to engage with, and ultimately test, technology at all levels of maturity. That could be putting existing technology to new use or assessing the potential of emerging technology for our future work.

We're inviting companies to come on in!

HMRC already has an exciting collaboration programme with a number of supplier partners working with us to share our thinking on innovation. Now we’re keen to hear from more organisations and companies who have new ideas that resonate with our work. We know it can sometimes be tricky getting a foot in the door with an organisation as large as HMRC, but that door is opening wide and we’re inviting companies to come on in!

Over the coming months we are organising a range of events to stimulate digital innovation discussions. This includes setting up innovation showcases for smaller organisations and other activities, such as our hackathons, to bring new thinking to us. So if you’d like to get involved watch this space for news on upcoming events.

A portrait of Antony Collard wearing a shirt and jacket, standing in an officeIn the meantime, feel free to get in touch if you have anything innovative you think we should know about, the door is open!  Email us directly at or send us a comment via this blog.

Antony Collard, Director of Architecture & Innovation



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  1. Comment by Chris Farthing posted on

    Great to see this! Always happy to see Gov being more publicly open to new ideas and thinking. HMRC are doing a good job in pretty horrendous circumstances right now so more power to you all.

  2. Comment by Louise Tarpy posted on

    Great blog Anthony, we often have software developers and fintechs approaching us with new and innovative ideas would be great to get them involved with this.