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R&D tax relief

Research and development (R&D) tax relief is often overlooked by UK companies and their advisers, but can prove highly lucrative.

  • Highly skilled team of in-house technical consultants with science and technology backgrounds, alongside PhD scientists, technologists and engineers
  • The only provider in the market to have over 25 in-house software engineers
  • On average, we can save our clients £55k per claim
  • Using an experienced R&D specialist ensures that the technical application is robust enough to stand up to HMRC scrutiny
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About R&D tax relief

  • Adhesives, sealants, chemicals and paints
  • Agriculture
  • Alarms and CCTV
  • Automotive industry
  • Aviation and marine
  • Cosmetics and personal care
  • Clothing, textiles and fabrics
  • Energy harnessing
  • Fire and safety
  • Food and drink
  • Foundries
  • Games software industry
  • Insurance brokers (software development)
  • Manufacturing, engineering and electronics
  • Pharmaceuticals and medical
  • Printing and packaging
  • Property and construction
  • Security, lightning and electrical
  • Software development, IT & telecommunications
  • Travel agencies

To qualify for R&D tax relief, a company must be:


1. Attempting to make an appreciable improvement to new or existing products, technology, processes or services, although this does not necessarily mean ground-breaking, innovative, or novel work. If companies are aiming to make their products or process cheaper, faster, smaller, or better in some way, then this may qualify as R&D.

2. Overcoming technological uncertainties or challenges, especially if the solution will not be immediately obvious to a qualified professional. The company may need to go through a “trial and error” process to achieve the required solution.

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Find out whether your clients are eligible for R&D tax relief.