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Who we are

ForrestBrown’s commitment to excellence means we’re the best when it comes to R&D tax credits. Don’t take our word for it – we were named ‘best independent consultancy firm’ at Taxation Awards 2018 in recognition of our technical excellence and client service.

 

Our team of specialists gives you access to considerable technical firepower. They’re qualified chartered tax advisers, accountants, sector specialists, lawyers and former HMRC inspectors. It adds up to a level of specialist expertise you’ll struggle to find elsewhere.

What are R&D tax credits?

How we help innovative UK businesses grow

What our clients say about us

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Annual turnover:
£42m

Benefit:
£1m

A mechanical engineering firm

This mechanical engineering firm was asked to develop a solution to a unique problem. A structure was being built that would house a very cold environment in close proximity to a warm and humid one. The challenge was to develop heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems that would make this possible. A year’s worth of concept and design work went into this to arrive at systems that worked within acceptable physical parameters and the budget of the project.

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Annual turnover:
£20m

Benefit:
£170k

A groundworks and civil engineering specialist

This groundworks and civil engineering contractor is an established leader in the construction sector. The firm was responsible for completing the groundworks on a university campus. This included reinforcing concrete foundations and constructing the base, walls, drainage and floor slabs. The scope of work significantly changed after the project commenced, meaning that additional research and planning were required to finish the task.

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Bill Aronson, COO
AIRG

“ForrestBrown deliver exactly what they say they are going to deliver. Very simple, but very important. Once we started our claim with ForrestBrown, the process was explained clearly, and was in fact a lot simpler than we had expected it to be. Some of the tax detail was complicated at first, but the team at ForrestBrown have an expert understanding of the rules and explained them in a way that we understood. I would encourage anyone else thinking of exploring R&D tax credits to go and have a conversation with ForrestBrown straight away. “

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Annual turnover:
£1m

Benefit:
£150k

A firm of architects

This leading architecture firm had a unique challenge when they designed a multi- purpose sports facility, with a restricted plot size. The outcome was a building that allowed two markedly different climates – one hot and the other cold, to co-exist in a small plot, using a floating floor. A year’s worth of concept and design work went into the project to arrive at systems that worked within acceptable physical parameters and the limits of the budget.

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Andrew Trower, Director
Trower Davies

“We’re very impressed with ForrestBrown. It’s clear that they know what they’re talking about. We would absolutely recommend ForrestBrown to businesses like us. If you are in doubt, get in contact with ForrestBrown and have a conversation right away.”

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5.0 *****
A Google review

“ForrestBrown have supported us in our R&D tax credit claims for many years now. They give me great confidence that our claim will not only maximise what is due  but will also be accurate and valid.”

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Annual turnover:
£2m

Benefit:
£70k

A design, moulding and toolmaking business

This company takes on a wide range of bespoke confectionery projects for UK retailers. It was asked to create chocolate products for the mass market that could move. Unlike resistant materials such as metal and wood, chocolate is not very durable and cannot withstand much pressure. After an iterative process of testing and refinement, the company created a rigid injection mould which meant that chocolate vehicles with turning wheels could be manufactured on a large scale for a leading UK chocolate business.

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Chris Baker-Pearce, Owner
Ardent Consulting Engineers

“The R&D tax credit has been a great benefit to our business. The amount we were entitled to far exceeded our expectations and has had a positive impact on the business. We’ve been able to better remunerate our staff, which is so important as it’s becoming increasingly difficult to retain talented technical people in this industry.”

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5.0 *****
A Google review

“Super simple, efficient and approachable to work with. We look forward to working with them again on future claims. ForrestBrown did a good job of keeping the project moving and submitting a highly polished and professional claim. Thanks to all.”

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5.0 *****
A Google review

“ForrestBrown have been fantastic for us. As a business doing innovative work, it makes a huge difference being able to get relief on what we’ve spent, but we’d never have had the resources to make the claim ourselves. They talked us through it and did all the heavy lifting, and the result has been more money we can invest in our development. Highly recommended.”

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Annual turnover:
£15m

Benefit:
£150k

An electrical manufacturer

A market-leading manufacturer of electronic equipment wanted to manufacture an existing product more efficiently. They had great success developing a prototype for a product that was more cost-effective to manufacture and had increased performance. ForrestBrown also introduced more robust processes for recording R&D expenditure which will help the business make larger, more precise R&D tax credit claims in the future.

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Annual turnover:
£50k

Benefit:
£175k

A FinTech specialist

This FinTech company is creating an online platform for financial institutions that will recognise a customer’s identity on any device in real time, whilst providing a seamless user experience. To achieve this, they are using data to train a machine learning model to recognise the voice and face of users. The existing method of identifying people using voice data is a trade secret, so the company are developing biometric identification technology to achieve the same capability but with a different technology.

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David Hill, Director
Orchard Refrigeration

“It’s very helpful to have both tax experts and sectors specialists working on our claim as it means we never have to explain the technical elements of our work twice. They also really took the time to understand what we do. They know what the business does and why it works.”

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Annual turnover:
£26m

Benefit:
£400k

A building services company

This company was asked to supply the mechanical and electrical services for a research facility that undertakes neurotrauma research. The facility had to remain functional whilst the company undertook the work, so it developed a temporary HVAC system to be used whilst the existing system was being replaced. The nature of the research meant the site was highly radioactive and so the systems needed to be effective when in contact with radiation. A lead brick inner skin was added to the site to reduce the effect of radiation.

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5.0 *****
A Google review

“It was an absolute pleasure working with the team at ForrestBrown. They were a great help and very professional. I would highly recommend.”

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Assembling the best team for your business

Simon Brown CTA
Managing Director & Founder
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Managing Director & Founder

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Lisa-Marie Smith CTA
Director
Jenny Tragner CA
Director
Malcolm Henderson
Senior Tax Specialist & Former HMRC Inspector
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Senior Tax Specialist & Former HMRC Inspector

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Tom Heslin MSc
Senior Sector Specialist
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Senior Sector Specialist

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Peter Beavis MSci, PhD
Senior Sector Specialist
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Senior Sector Specialist

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Our insights

R&D in Construction: funding innovation

Phil Smith

11 April 2017 |Innovation

RDEC scheme explained

Jenny Tragner

22 December 2017 |Practical advice

R&D tax credits for software development

Tom Heslin

4 February 2019 |Innovation

What costs qualify for R&D tax credits?

Rebecca Smyth

KnowledgeBank

New enquiry support service

Sara Brigden

22 February 2019 |News

What to consider when choosing a new R&D tax credit adviser

Jennifer Eastman

29 August 2017 |Practical advice

Grants and R&D tax credits

Grants and R&D tax credits – how to use both

Jenny Tragner

19 March 2018 |Practical advice

R&D timeline

The history of R&D tax credits in the UK

Jenny Tragner

6 December 2018 |News

Get the credit you deserve and fuel your growth

R&D tax incentives have the power to transform your business. To find out more about how ForrestBrown can help you and your clients, contact our expert team today:
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