MANUFACTURING

If you operate a manufacturing 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  Tax Credit claim.

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Whilst R&D may sound like complex tax relief, only available for scientists who are pursuing ground-breaking developments. It is also available to so many other businesses that are improving existing products, developing new ones, or improving processes.

Almost every business will be doing some sort of activity that meets the criteria for claiming the incentives. But sadly, a lot of these businesses are missing out, either completely by making no claim at all, or in part, by not including everything they can. And with up to 33.35% cashback available on qualifying R&D spend, that’s criminal!

R&D TAX CREDITS FOR MANUFACTURING EXPLAINED

R&D in manufacturing most commonly relates to the development of products or processes. It’s inevitable that many businesses continue to advance their existing product range. And if this advancement involves an element of head-scratching and problem solving to overcome technical difficulties, it’s likely the project will qualify for R&D incentives.

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

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

PRODUCTS DON’T HAVE TO BE UNIQUE TO QUALIFY

R&D incentives can be applied to any business that designs or makes something… anything! The thing you’re making could even be being made elsewhere too.

It’s likely you’re not using the same materials or following the same standards as your competitors. You might be light-weighting, working in different space constraints, and so on. There are so many things that differentiate your product or the processes you use to put it together. And after working on the R&D scheme since it began in 2000, we know exactly where to look to maximise your claim.

WHY IS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES?

We speak to hundreds of businesses that think they don’t qualify for the relief, which makes the eureka moment all the more sweet.

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 manufacturing process? And secondly, did those changes take some time, some thought or some testing?

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.

R&D MASTERCLASS FOR MANUFACTURERS

Still unsure about the reality of R&D for your business? Watch below our R&D Incentives Partner, Chris Knott, who highlights the importance of R&D for manufacturing businesses and why we need to stop calling it R&D.

WHY COOPER PARRY?

In three years we’ve put more than ££61 million back with businesses.  Our experienced and dedicated R&D incentives specialists means we know what to look for and we know where to find it.

Donna Challinor
CP Innovation Associate Partner

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CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

“The results exceeded our initial expectations, once we started discussions, it became clear that we could claim for more than we anticipated. I found the process both informative and straightforward. The additional cash has enabled us to increased pension payments, and give us a little more security in purchasing stock.” – Dominic Hall, Watergen

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“Everything runs sweet, but the R&D this year was a little below par.”

PETER, JUN 24

“You exceeded my expectations.”

RYAN, MAY 24

“Communications were great and they helped me every step of the way. This was the first time doing an audit and Will and Andy helped me every step of the way. We also put a lot of pressure on Cooper Parry to help us get this submitted in time and they went above and beyond at every step.”

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“We have been going through a difficult period at the school which made our 2023 audit very challenging. The team at Cooper Parry showed a high level of empathy and understanding and worked with us to help facilitate a smooth audit process which we are very grateful for. They have continued to offer support throughout the year following offering advise and alleviating any concerns that we have had regarding the financial impact of the school’s situation. We would highly recommend them.”

TRICIA, MAY 24

“Accounts prepared within deadline with minimal changes.”

STEPHEN, MAY 24

“Adapted year end audit timetable to fit our business needs. It also felt like we worked together with CP to achieve the audit conclusion to time successfully.”

DANIEL, MAY 24

“Audit was the best it’s been for FY23.”

PETER, MAY 24

“Very diligent and responsive during the audit. The end could have been tighter.”

RALPH, MAY 24

“Results were in line with expectations.”