R&D tax relief case studies


GovGrant helps innovative businesses maximise funding from government sources. We have 100% success rate with eligible clients.

Here are a few examples of recent success stories showing how our expertise in the area of Research and Development tax relief helped our clients to maximise their innovation.


 

Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd

Industry: Information Technology

  • GovGrant helped make a claim against expenditure on an R&D project which failed initially
  • Claims made by CCS under the R&D tax credit scheme have increased by 500% over four years

Our client

Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd is a manufacturer of bespoke control systems designed to operate mechanical processes and activities across a variety of industries, ranging from aerospace, transport, energy and beyond.

Identifying the innovation

Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd has created systems for wind turbine nacelles and environmental monitoring in the energy industry. They have also developed control and data acquisition solutions for testing and development in the aviation industries.

One project to design a control system intitially failed. A new solution was built from scratch but we helped CCCS to make a claim on the failed project as significant time and expenditure had taken place to try and advance science or technology.

R&D does not guarantee success, but the tax relief scheme takes this into account.

The GovGrant difference

This investment in R&D has seen Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd make claims under the R&D tax credit scheme that have increased by over 500% in four years.

This allows Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd to continue investing in R&D and thus make future claims.

In their words:

“I liked the way my analyst understood our company’s activities and which ones qualified for the R&D scheme, compiling a thorough technical claim report.

With their help, we now understand what activities qualify and I am very pleased that our claim benefit has increased year on year from an initial £9.4k to £16.9k to £57.4k, supporting continuous R&D.”

Paul Riley  |  Managing Director, Computer Controlled Solutions Ltd


 

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Goodchild Marine

Industry: Manufacturing

  • GovGrant helped their client understand the criteria for qualifying for Research and Development tax relief
  • The client realised that some of their ‘day to day’ activities  were in fact innovative and claimable under the R&D tax credit scheme

Our client

Established in 1978, Goodchild Marine builds both commercial and leisure boats, but from modern premises beside the River Waveney. They have an attention to detail and customer focus that makes such a difference in any boat.

Identifying the innovation

Goodchild Marine is always looking for new ways to develop innovative solutions within their business by researching and developing different methodology. They undertake extensive testing and trials on a regular basis to measure performance, accuracy, build and safety.

The effect of combining established techniques with pioneering techniques will result in overall system uncertainty. Goodchild Marine also carry out multiple, varied tests to ensure that the products complied with required industry standards.

R&D does not guarantee success, but the tax relief scheme takes this into account.

The GovGrant difference

GovGrant ensured that Goodchild Marine were kept in the loop and understood the application and criteria around the aspects that qualify for R&D tax credits. This enhanced their understanding of R&D and made them realise that what they considered to be day to day activities were in fact innovative and claimable under the R&D tax credit scheme.

In their words:

“We actually had never heard of it in the context of reclaiming R&D tax rebates against works carried out historically, as a company we thought that R&D claims were in effect needed to be considered prior to commencing the works, and this seemed without having looked into it to be onerous on the company for information input.

The service was really good and effortless to a great extent on our part and involved mainly a day of 3 of our staff to discuss. This was due to the extremely efficient and able technical analyst, who asked the relevant questions and listed the paperwork backup she required, this was all gathered together and then re issued to us to agree prior to claim submission.”

Sue Goodchild  |  Managing Director, Goodchild Marine


 

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HL Plastics Ltd

Industry: PVCu extrusions manufacturer

  • We effectively identified and maximised the qualifying R&D activity across the mix of completed, ongoing and failed projects
  • More than that GovGrant was able to significantly broaden the potential scope of qualifying IP revenue included in the client’s annual Patent Box tax relief claim

Our client

Founded in 1974 and with a reputation for innovation, quality and responsiveness, HL Plastics (HLP) is one of the UK’s leading PVCu extrusion companies. Employing over four hundred people, its premises consist of a purpose-built extrusion plant, warehouse and offices in Derbyshire, together with one of the biggest PVCu mixing plants in Europe.

Identifying the innovation

HLP has successfully used the R&D tax credit scheme for over a decade, with GovGrant handling their claims. This commitment to new product and process innovation has underpinned HLP’s substantial growth over recent years. In any one year, the company will have several live innovative projects across manufacturing and operations, from developing new high-speed manufacturing capabilities, to seeking advances in the field of plastic extrusion, to developing a unique material handling system.

Value beyond an R&D tax credit

GovGrant also managed Patent Box scheme and claims for HLP since 2013. When innovative processes were identified, GovGrant was able to determine the inventive elements that were potentially patentable.

The GovGrant difference

Our in depth knowledge of the R&D tax credit scheme our understanding of the HLP operation means that we are ideally placed to quickly and effectively identify and maximise the qualifying R&D activity across their mix of completed, ongoing and failed projects.

But more than that, we have identified an inventive and patentable process step which affected all products during their manufacturing stage. GovGrant was able to significantly broaden the potential scope of qualifying IP revenue included in the client’s annual Patent Box tax relief claim.

Our unique blend of specialist in-house commercial, technical and Intellectual Property (IP) expertise enables GovGrant to offer an unparalleled service to our clients across both the R&D tax credit and Patent Box tax relief schemes.

In their words:

“One of the many advantages of using GovGrant to handle our R&D tax credit claims over the years was that in knowing of our patent portfolio, when the Patent Box came into effect in 2013, GovGrant was able to give us expert advice and ensure we elected into and benefitted from the scheme at inception. GovGrant’s skilled IP professionals have subsequently identified patentable elements around process developments which will ultimately enable us to broaden the scope of revenues that go into our annual Patent Box claim.”

RL Hartshorn   |  Managing Director, HL Plastics Limited


 

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Hone-All Precision Ltd

Industry: Manufacturing

  • The client was initially dubious about being able to claim for process improvements
  • GovGrant used their knowledge and expertise to help the client claim R&D tax relief, and the improvements created greater efficiency within their business

Our client

Founded in 1979, Hone-All Precision Ltd has successfully extended its remit to become a leading single source manufacturer of precision-machined components.

This Leighton Buzzard-based company provides a complete manufacturing service – from sourcing raw materials through to producing quality machined components.

Identifying the innovation

Hone-All Precision Ltd wanted to make their production line quicker, more cost effective and more efficient. They identified that the production of their own in house boring tubes would help achieve this.

Hone-All Precision Ltd undertook a process including design, re design and testing before creating new boring tubes that met their stringent requirements.

The GovGrant difference

This R&D work created greater efficiency within the business and also allowed for an increase in production and supply volume. But more than that we supported the client in making a claim to recover tax relief.

The client was initially dubious about being able to claim for internal process improvement, but GovGrant’s knowledge and expertise reassured them. The claim was successful.

In their words:

“Being able to claim money back from the taxman for work we did to advance our internal manufacturing processes as well as the end customer experience is very welcome.”

Andrea Rodney   |  Director, Hone All Precision Ltd


 

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Quartz Technical Services Ltd

Industry: Electronic Engineering

  • GovGrant identified different projects which could be claimed under large and small company R&D Tax Credit schemes
  • This allowed the client to make more R&D claims than if they had only claimed as an SME

Our client

Established in 1987, Quartz Technical Services Ltd produce products for sectors including telecommunications, broadcasting, gas and oil and aerospace.

Identifying the innovation

Quartz Technical Services Ltd was tasked with producing a physical interface and software for a control unit.

Quartz Technical Services Ltd undertook extensive R&D work to develop and test different components.

They took financial risk in producing these products. There was no guarantee of success but they were still able to claim under the R&D tax credit scheme.

The GovGrant difference

The R&D Tax Credit scheme works to enable claims under large and small company versions of the scheme, with varying criteria for each claim.

GovGrant has expertise in identifying different projects within one company so that they can be claimed under both variants of the scheme. This allowed Quartz Technical to make a larger number of claims than if they had been restricted to only claiming as an SME.

In their words:

“I was very impressed that GovGrant was able to identify projects we undertook both for ourselves and our customers that could be claimed.

GovGrant’s investigative work is impressively thorough and in depth. I would highly recommend them.”

Paul Mousley   |  Project Manager, Quartz Technical Services Ltd


 

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Tracware Ltd

Industry: Software

  • GovGrant helped claim R&D tax credits for multiple projects some of which spanned several years
  • This allowed the client to claim credit on approximately 25% of their investment which they re-invested in innovation to stay ahead of their competitors

Our client

Established in 1999, Tracware Ltd supply high quality Maintenance, Repair and Operations Control (RPO) software solutions to meet client needs.

With a client base spanning the UK, Europe and Worldwide, continuous innovation and meeting ever-changing expectations are a key factor for achieving success.

Identifying the innovation

Research and Development work was undertaken over multiple projects to overcome technical uncertainty and achieve a robust solution to meet their customers’ exacting requirements.

The GovGrant difference

Tracware Ltd have been able to claim R&D tax credits for multiple projects in each financial year and projects that span across several years. These included projects that they may have assumed not to qualify as Research and Development.

This has allowed Tracware Ltd to re-invest and develop new software solutions to enhance their existing product portfolio and add new, innovative products, keeping Tracware Ltd ahead of their competitors as well as allowing further R&D tax credit claims.

In their words:

“We are so pleased with the GovGrant service that we now introduce companies within our network who are unaware of the scheme or did not believe they qualified for R&D tax credit and relief.

I look forward to working with you on our current financial year R&D claim… knowing that through the scheme we get back about 25% of our investment enables us to invest in challenging developments where success or the timeframe to get there is uncertain.”

Andrew Maley   |  Managing Director, Tracware Ltd


 

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Traffic Environment Systems Ltd (TES)

Industry: Mobile CCTV technology

  • GovGrant offered the client a holistic view of the incentives and tax reliefs used to promote innovation over a period of seven years
  • A successful IPO patent grant application allowed the client to benefit from Patent Box in addition to the R&D tax credit scheme

Our client

Traffic Environment Systems Ltd (TES) have been providing innovative and award winning specialised mobile CCTV solutions since 2004.

They are able to combine a wealth of local government experience in parking and traffic enforcement with a deep rooted expertise in CCTV and associated technologies. TES is now firmly established as the market leader in their field.

Identifying the innovation

Our unique blend of specialist in-house commercial, technical and Intellectual Property (IP) expertise enables GovGrant to offer an unparalleled service to our clients across both the R&D tax credit and Patent Box tax relief schemes.

The organisers of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games had the challenge of issuing parking permits to ‘Games Vehicles’, businesses and residents around Olympic venues. They needed to register and relay the positions of parking bays to CCTV enforcement vehicles. TES developed two unique systems to address these issues.

Through continuous innovation TES had developed a new product, effectively a by-product from one of their existing technologies. They had applied to the European Patent Office (EPO) but the innovation had been deemed not to be patentable. This ruled out the possibility of TES claiming the valuable tax incentives available under the UK Patent Box scheme.

The GovGrant difference

We were able to offer TES a holistic view of the incentives and tax reliefs used to promote innovation in order to help them commercialise this activity.

We have successfully handled TES’s R&D claims for seven years. Our in depth knowledge of their business enabled us to compile their technical claim schedules quickly and efficiently, in order to optimise their claims.

This also put us in a strong position to review their application for a patent. We were able to identify a technical “blade of grass“ that was contained in one line of the UK application that had not featured in the EPO application. Our IP insight, specialist skill set and the persistence of the client paid off. The Intellectual Property Office application was finally approved on its new narrow scope argument, because there was “no prior art” and because the inventive element was not obvious 3 years ago.

In their words:

GovGrant have effectively handled our R&D tax credit claims for seven years, so when we needed to utilise their expertise in identifying IP and drafting successful Patent applications, we were able to “relax”, knowing their Analyst’s technical knowledge gave us the best chance for successful IPO patent grant, which also allowed us to benefit from the Patent Box in addition to the R&D tax credit scheme; supporting our continued focus on investment in innovative developments that consolidate our position as market leader.”

Clive Paul   |  Managing Director, TES Ltd


 

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Veriserv Ltd

Industry: Monitoring solutions

  • Although initially unsure that they would qualify, GovGrant identified that a significant amount of eligible R&D
  • As a GovGrant client since 2010, Veriserv have successfully recovered tax free cash to the business of more than £100k

Our client

Veriserv provide comprehensive compliance monitoring and reporting solutions for a range of different professional services including electrical, fire and mechanical. They provide IT tools that enable test engineers to inspect and report efficiently.

Identifying the innovation

Although initially unsure that they would qualify Veriserv had developed new software and data collection devices for their on-site engineers that allowed them to communicate in real time with our central database. GovGrant identified that a significant amount of eligible R&D had gone in to the development of this new capability.

The GovGrant difference

The GovGrant technical specialist interviewed the technical development team and collected data from the company’s accountants before preparing a claim that was submitted along with the year-end tax return.

Claiming these R&D tax credits allowed Veriserv to run a much more extensive program of development and helped improve the quality and accuracy of their management information systems and the service delivery.

As a GovGrant client since 2010, Veriserv have successfully recovered tax free cash to the business of more than £100k.

In their words:

“My words of advice would be; you may think that only scientific or manufacturing type companies qualify for R&D tax credits but that couldn’t be further from the truth, as every kind of business implements new processes, procedures and systems that are highly likely to attract the Tax credit. We paid on a no win, no fee basis, so we had nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Martyn Jupp   |  Chief Executive Officer, Veriserv Ltd


 

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Warden Plastics

Industry: Plastics Manufacturing

  • Claims were made for two major R&D projects
  • Warden received a cheque for a five-figure sum within six months of starting the claims process

Our client

Since it was established in 1957, Luton-based Warden Plastics has moved into design and production of injection moulded and extruded products.

Identifying the innovation

Product innovation and research and development is at the heart of Warden’s business, so achieving tax credits for this work is a welcome bonus.

Claims were made for two major R&D projects.

The GovGrant difference

The GovGrant carried out all the claim preparation work, while Warden supplied accounts information and project details. Initially there can be quite a lot of paperwork to prepare and submit, in order to put forward a good case, backed up with detailed evidence.

Warden received a cheque for a five-figure sum within six months of starting the claims process.

In their words:

“Our accountants are very good and very reputable, but GovGrant are specifically geared up to deal with this sort of claim, so they can move more quickly and have the particular knowledge needed to push claims through.

They were very good; their communication and feedback kept us up to speed. The information they gave us and support along the way was excellent. They are a very good partner.

We face constant legislation and grants such as those for R&D help us to compete with our overseas competitors, particularly those in Asia.”

Mark Barrett   |  Managing Director, Warden Plastics


 

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