R&D Tax Incentive

£42k Average Claim

The average R&D claim across our wide range of clients is £42,000.

4 - 6 Week Lead Time

We aim to collate all of the information, calculate the relief due and submit the claim within
4 – 6 weeks.

What qualifies?

Research and development of a new product, process or service or modifying an existing one to improve it.


The project must aim to create an advance in the overall field, not just your business such as science and technology. 


A scientific or technological uncertainty exists at the inception of the project.  You need to be able to show that the R&D needed research to develop it.


Could not be easily worked out by a professional in the field. 


The project must relate to your company’s trade – either an existing one, or one that you intend to start up based on the results of the R&D.

Is my business eligible?

Just because you don’t have a lab with people in white coats doesn’t mean you don’t have R&D. It could equally apply to design and engineering projects in pretty much every sector and business type. If your business is taking risks to try to overcome scientific or technological uncertainty, then you probably have qualifying R&D costs – white coats or not!

Qualifying Costs

Staff Costs

Staff costs such as salaries, employer’s national insurance contributions, employer’s pension contributions and reimbursed expenses.


Sub-contracted labour and freelancers you have hired to assist with the R&D project.

Materials & Consumables

Materials and consumables directly relating to the R&D process including heat, light and power.


Certain types of software which are necessary to the R&D process.

As well as the above, there are additional costs which may be included as qualifying costs under certain circumstances, for example some indirect costs can count as qualifying.

HMRC have introduced restricting criteria for qualifying costs.  These restrictions apply to the direct costs listed above and other relevant indirect costs.

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R&D Schemes


Fewer than 500 staff and either not more than €100 million turnover or €86 million gross assets.  Most companies, including start-ups fall into this category.

Large Company (RDEC)

500 staff or more and either more than €100 milion turnover or €86 million gross assets. Large companies fall under the Research & Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) scheme.