Welcome to ForrestBrown, the largest specialist R&D tax credit consultancy in the UK.
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
1 / making a claim
2 / accountants service
Our partnership programme for accountantsEnhance your client relationships and add value to their businesses. Our award-winning specialist R&D tax credit service helps your clients thrive.How accountants partner with us
3 / enquiry support
Support through an HMRC enquiryFor peace of mind that your HMRC enquiry will be resolved, when you or your client need it most. We save you time and make sure that your relationship with HMRC is protected.Our enquiry support service
What our clients say about us
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.”
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.
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.
Andrew Trower, Director
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Bill Aronson, COO
“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. “
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.
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.
David Hill, Director
“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.”
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.”
Assembling the best team for your business
Managing Director & Founder
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Senior Tax Specialist & Former HMRC Inspector
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