Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress, driving manufacturing, engineering and the construction industries forward and shape the future. However, the path to innovation often requires significant investment in research and development (R&D). To incentivise businesses to push the boundaries of what's possible, the Government offers Research and Development Tax Credits. These credits serve as a powerful tool for businesses to recoup some of the costs associated with innovation and ultimately foster economic growth.

I recently met with Chris Cunnane of the BSE Group, who are commercial tax specialists, and a partner of GM Business Growth Hub. We discussed the recent changes in legislation regarding R&D Tax Credits as well as some of the lesser-known schemes that businesses can take advantage of such as Capital Allowances and Land Remediation. In this blog I’ve laid out the key facts along with some vital insight from RDS.

What are R&D Tax Credits?

R&D tax credits are a government-led tax incentive designed to encourage innovation within businesses. Essentially, they provide a form of tax relief or cash reimbursement to companies that invest in qualifying R&D activities. These activities typically involve technological or scientific advancement of products, processes, or services.

What businesses might not know is that additional relief can be claimed through Capital Allowances on things such as the purchase or construction of commercial property, refurbs (fixtures & fittings), refits and extensions. Relief can also be claimed for remedial works to make fit unused land through the Land Remediation Relief Scheme. BSE have helped companies claim as much as £500k in relief after assessing just two years of development in Capital Allowances alone.

Some of the other business benefits to consider;

  1. Financial Incentive: Perhaps the most obvious benefit of R&D tax credits is the financial relief they provide. By offsetting a portion of R&D expenses through tax credits, businesses can lower their tax liabilities and free up capital to reinvest in further innovation or other areas of operation.
  2. Competitive Advantage: Innovation is a key driver of competitiveness in today's dynamic business landscape. Leveraging R&D tax credits allows businesses to allocate more resources towards research and development, giving them a competitive edge by fostering continuous improvement and staying ahead of industry trends.
  3. Stimulating Growth: By encouraging businesses to invest in R&D, the government aims to stimulate economic growth and drive technological advancement. As businesses innovate and develop new products or services, they create opportunities for job creation, increased productivity, and overall economic prosperity.
  4. Encouraging Collaboration: R&D tax credits can incentivize collaboration between businesses, research institutions, and academia. By pooling resources and expertise, organizations can tackle complex challenges more effectively and accelerate the pace of innovation within their respective industries.

Maximizing the Benefits

While R&D tax credits offer significant advantages, maximizing their benefits requires careful planning and execution. Here are some strategies businesses can employ to optimize their R&D tax credit claims:

  1. Document Everything: Maintaining detailed records of R&D activities and expenditures is crucial for substantiating tax credit claims. Clear documentation not only simplifies the claim process but also ensures compliance with regulatory requirements.
  2. Stay Informed: Tax laws and regulations surrounding R&D tax credits have recently changed. From the 1st of April, the SME and Large business scheme will merge, affecting submissions from this date. Staying abreast of updates and amendments to these regulations can help businesses capitalize on new opportunities and navigate potential pitfalls.
  3. Seek Professional Guidance: Navigating the complexities of R&D tax credit claims can be challenging, particularly for small businesses or those with limited internal resources. Seeking guidance from tax professionals or specialized R&D tax credit consultants like BSE, can help businesses optimize their claims and maximize their returns.

In conclusion, R&D tax credits serve as a valuable tool for incentivizing innovation and driving economic growth. By leveraging these incentives, businesses can not only offset the costs associated with R&D but also gain a competitive advantage in their respective industries. With careful planning and strategic execution, businesses can unlock the full potential of R&D tax credits and pave the way for a future filled with innovation and prosperity.

As a Key Account Manager for GM Business Growth Hub, I work specifically with the larger organisations across the 10 boroughs. The innovation ecosystem of Greater Manchester makes our city region the most exiting place to bring new ideas to life. If your business is making changes to the way, you do things or even re-designing your space, I’d like to speak to you about how the Business Growth Hub can help you maximise the support available. Click here to contact us: GM Business Growth Hub

Thank you to our partners BSE and Chris Cunnane for their contribution to this blog, you can contact Chris at

Annie Platts

Key Account Manager

Get in touch

Take that first step and we’ll support you with whatever you need to succeed.


Sign-up to our newsletter

Insights, news, events and opportunities straight to your inbox.