The Retrac Group is an established medium-sized employee-owned manufacturing company, with specialist expertise in manufacture of composites and composite tooling, as well as precision machining of metals and plastics.
Retrac is a trusted supplier to some of the largest brands in the Automotive, Aerospace, Formula One™ and Motorsport sectors. The company is well-known for its ability to manufacture extremely challenging parts and its use of novel materials.
Retrac and Ayming’s partnership
Retrac first started working with Ayming on its R&D Tax claims in 2016, looking back to their 2014/15 financial year claim. Seven years later, Ayming continues to partner with Retrac. Until working with Ayming, Retrac had not claimed for their innovation projects through the HMRC scheme.
Dan Walmsley, CEO Retrac Group
Ayming’s expert team
Ayming’s Rob Miles and Duncan Kelly, R&D Senior Manager and Senior Consultant respectively, worked with Retrac on their latest claim. Rob, a chartered engineer, has a number of years’ experience delivering R&D Tax claims for clients in the manufacturing sector. Duncan worked in R&D for a 3D-printing manufacturer before joining Ayming and had previously worked with several of Retrac’s customers.
Their combined engineering experience and expertise meant they were well-placed to fully understand the qualifying projects involved in the claim and work peer-to-peer with Retrac’s technical team to uncover all the qualifying R&D expenditure.
How did Ayming work with Retrac?
Having worked with Retrac over a number of years to deliver their R&D Tax claim, the methodology and claim process is well-developed. Even so, Rob and Duncan were delighted to be able to deliver the best result yet for Retrac, despite them having had a lower turnover in a ‘COVID’ year.
Innovation and results
Several qualifying projects were included in the claim, including the development of a method of manufacturing a very thin glass-fibre reinforced PEEK part, for use in electrical aircraft engines.
Retrac had also carried out a study into the machining behaviour of carbon-filled PEEK for use in a Formula One power unit, which was eligible for the claim. The final qualifying expenditure for the claim amounted to almost 11% of Retrac’s turnover for the ‘20/’21 financial year.