I would say yes.
I would say yes.
Is it wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the business? Yes if the session is for playtesting (R&D).
If he brought the game to my local club rather than his local one, then there shouldn't be any doubt.
Whether he enjoys it and has social interactions should be irrelevant - if he took his game to a trade show to launch it, he may well meet other tabletop gamers he knows at the show and have pleasant interactions with them, but the purpose of attending that show would certainly be wholly and exclusively for business.
Now if he was playtesting the game for years on end, I suspect that it would be questionable, but if he could show notes taken and player feedback from his testing sessions, it would be more doubtful.
If I really wanted to push it, I'd argue that the non-playtesting visits could be allowed as research into other games systems and rulesets, but I'd think I was pushing it.
I think the other people - but the mystery deepens
NI # definately correct 'in-house' - I assume an error at the other end.
However this lunchtime, shortly after posting, HMRC rep called me and said an error was made at their end that they will be sending me out a letter of apology for - so possibly them mis-entering the data sent by the other company.
To make it more hair-tearing, just as she was ending the call she said that they will adjust my file to show that I am purely self-employed and not an employee of the other company which made me double-take! I am an employee of 1 company only, in no way self-employed which I think that they accepted by the end of the call, but I must have annoyed the tax gods at some point for the number of errrors being made right now!
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