Research & Development

ENGINEERING

If you operate an engineering business and you’ve recently developed new or improved products or processes, then there is a strong chance that you could benefit from a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit claim.

Full of exciting innovation, UK Engineering is becoming ever-more competitive as projects are becoming more and more complex and the need for increased efficiency and adapting to change are more important than ever.

Investing in R&D can help pave the way in creating new things or improve existing ones by looking at ways in which you can claim up to 33.35% cashback on qualifying R&D spend.

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R&D TAX CREDITS FOR ENGINEERING EXPLAINED

R&D can relate to the development of products or processes.  It’s inevitable that all engineering sectors continue to advance their existing engineering techniques. And if this advancement involves a level of head-scratching and problem solving to overcome a series of technical difficulties (as it often does), it’s likely that the project will qualify for R&D incentives.

WHAT TYPE OF ENGINEERING PROJECTS CAN QUALIFY FOR R&D TAX CREDITS?

A broad range of engineering projects can meet the Government’s R&D definition, for example:

WHY IS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT IN ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES?

We’ve spoken to hundreds of engineering businesses that think they don’t qualify for the relief, which makes the eureka moment all the sweeter.

That’s because R&D boils down to two qualifying criteria. Firstly, have you made a change or an improvement to a product or your engineering process? And secondly, did those changes take some time, some thought or some testing? Maybe there were changes made during the physical and digital design work stage? Or during the computer modeling stage.

If you can answer “yes” to both of those questions, it’s time for us to have a chat, because R&D tax incentives are a fantastic way to keep your business and your cash flow on the front foot.

WHY COOPER PARRY?

In three years we’ve put more than £61 million back with businesses. We’ve obtained in excess of £3 million for companies that had already claimed. And we’re a member of the government’s Research and Development Consultative Committee,

Our Research and Development Partner, Chris Knott CTA BEng, is a dedicated R&D incentives engineer specialist who used to work in the engineering industry. To get the report right and justify the incentives, we need to understand what you’re doing from 1) a technical perspective, and 2) who’s doing what and why it matters. So, you absolutely need to work with advisers with technical backgrounds. It means when we come to see you and have a look around your business, we can poke around in all the dirty corners. We know where to look.

WORDS FROM TRANSVAC

“We’ve worked with Cooper Parry for many years and we’ve always had a good relationship with them. The R&D arm within Cooper Parry has changed, for the better, giving us even further benefit from the tax credits perspective, and giving us improved knowledge that we can apply going forward. The transparency and willingness to share information has been great.

We received improved tax credits for two years’ worth of information provided, once the team’s expert knowledge had been applied – money that we’ll be putting back into R&D. The reports provided were concise and professional. We’d definitely recommend Cooper Parry.” – Transvac

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PAUL, JAN 2024

“Excellent service for our first year audit.”

DAVID, JAN 2024

“R&D Claim: The results were better than expected. The additional cash will enable us to increase profitability”

ALAN, JAN 2024

“R&D Claim: The results were not as good as previous years. The additional cash will allow us to further invest in our R&D program.”

STUART, JAN 2024

“Great to have a personal relationship with the whole team. Always willing to help. Sometimes a little slow to respond on some issues (but then again so are we). Audit team are brilliant, bar audits far to long now owing to the amount of sample data we have to provide, which is hard when you have a small team and limited time.”

CLAIRE, JAN 2024

“Great team, and much improved communication and pro-active engagement over the past three months.”

MARK, DEC 2023

ROB, DEC 2023

“R&D Claim: Having worked with the R&D team at CP for a few years now, I had a good idea what to expect. As per usual they exceeded our expectations. The additional cash will allow us to invest in our fleet.”

RICHARD, DEC 2023

“Excellent service. Need to ensure pricing is competitive.”

DAVID, OCT 2023

“Good insights provided. Nice team to deal with. Need more consistency of team members and where this is not possible a better handover should be provided to new members. Need strong manager oversight on all audits, in particular where there are complex transactions etc. Improved communication between audit team and finance functions within the business.”

LUCIA, JUN 2023

“Final Packs are taking too long, communication”