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R&D incentives for Engineering

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Complexity is just a day-to-day challenge for engineering companies, but did you know that finding solutions to your technical challenges often qualifies as R&D for tax purposes? R&D tax incentives reward businesses in all sectors for their innovation, and the engineering sector is no exception. If you’re undertaking projects and finding solutions to technical challenges, then you could be eligible for R&D tax relief.

We’re engineering experts and really understand your business

We’re not just tax & accounting professionals…only an engineer will truly understand your business and technical projects. That’s why we have a team of engineering specialists who have worked in the sector and are able to have peer to peer conversations with your team to identify all eligible expenditure to include in your R&D incentives claim.

What counts as R&D?

If your business is involved with any of the following areas then, if you’re not already claiming R&D Tax relief, then it’s likely you should be. We have clients who already are. Projects that may qualify for R&D tax relief include:

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

  • Research into decreasing power and heat dissipation in electronic systems while optimising system performance
  • Integrating different wireless systems such as Bluetooth, FM, WIFI, WIMaz, HSDPA, LTE into one platform without causing wavelength interference and malfunctions at transmission and reception
  • Utilising existing Application Specific Integrated Circuits for new functionalities or development of new integrated circuits (ICs) or field programmable Array (FGPA) modules for providing innovative signal processing capabilities
  • Developing new design procedures and complex automated scripting to improve functionalities, e.g. accurate circuit design layout, defining signal paths and verifying circuit design to nearly 100% case coverage

Chemical Engineering

  • Development of new chemical processes and custom synthesis (e.g. green chemistry, which is more environmentally friendly)
  • Improvement to existing synthetic routes or reduction of the number of synthetic steps
  • Significantly increasing process efficiency, yield and throughput to reduce costs
  • New product developments that pose significant technical challenges, such as new types of coatings, adhesives, fragrances, insecticides, or catalysts
  • Development of significant scale-up processes
  • Development of new analytical methods that are either faster or more accurate
  • Characterisation of unknown compounds
  • Method development to reduce or prevent the formation of impurities
  • Theoretical or computational studies to improve process understanding
  • Development of new processes to comply with regulatory requirements of toxicity of chemicals and safety tests

Mechanical Engineering

  • Design and development of new machine prototypes offering new or improved functionalities
  • Development of new non-destructive inspection techniques or products for non-contact precision management
  • Behavioural assessment of newly developed or non-standard materials under high temperature and pressure conditions
  • Integration of various existing manufacturing processes into one fully automated process
  • Significant reduction of waste through process or machinery innovation
  • Integration of new technologies with existing systems to improve capabilities
  • Product development to reduce weight while maintaining strength and power
  • Product development to ensure functionality in harsh or extreme environments
  • Combination of off‑-the-shelf products in a new way, to create a new or improved system
  • Process development to reduce toxic chemical or water wastage
  • Improvement of an existing process of system to achieve faster production speeds
  • Development of a process or system to maintain the quality of a product, despite changing the raw materials
  • Development of machine process for the manufacture of a complex product
  • Product development to stringent tolerances or regulatory standards

Why choose Ayming?

  • We’ll optimise your claim value, having increased clients’ historic claims by as much as 6 times
  • We’ll do the legwork and streamline your processes to ensure minimum impact on your team’s time and resources
  • We’ll ensure that your claims are low-risk and robust, safeguarding against any enquiries from HMRC
  • We’ve claimed over £300m of R&D tax credits for our UK clients to date
  • We have a specialist engineering team which understands your business to identify qualifying projects
  • We have a 100% claim acceptance rate, with a claim value acceptance rate of over 98%
  • Over 15,000 R&D projects analysed worldwide every year