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Packaging, processing and materials handling businesses are using R&D tax credits to grow and fuel a new industrial revolution.

R&D tax credits for packaging, processing and materials handling

At ForrestBrown, we are passionate about helping businesses throughout the packaging supply chain to innovate with help from research and development (R&D) tax credits.

Our unique expertise and quality-assured claims process unwraps more value for packaging processing and materials handling businesses like yours. Done properly, the impact of R&D tax incentives can be transformative.

Use them to fuel new growth and overcome your toughest challenges.

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What counts as R&D?

R&D tax credits are a valuable and often considerable source of government funding. They reward packaging, processing and materials handling businesses for the investment they’ve already made in their innovation – and ultimately help them to grow.

R&D usually happens at the design (2) and manufacture (3) phases of the packaging supply chain. Although you might well be carrying out qualifying R&D in other stages too.

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Qualifying R&D in packaging, processing and materials handling

Whatever your R&D project, it’s likely to involve you creating a new or improved product, process or service. Your R&D project might connect, automate or digitise a manufacturing or industrial handling process. It might make packaging stronger in transit, use more sustainable materials, improve product shelf life, increase efficiency and reduce waste.

If you’re not sure whether your project is possible and are taking a risk, you could well be carrying out qualifying R&D. Is your business:
  • Designing packaging that makes shipping more efficient, protects product in transit or improves product shelf life?
  • Reformulating with more sustainable or recyclable materials?
  • Modifying equipment involved in product manufacture?
  • Automating product handling or packaging transfer processes?
  • Increasing manufacturing yield or reducing waste?
  • Specifying new container shapes, print technology or smart tracking?
  • Automating or better connecting aspects of warehouse logistics or product inventories?
  • Developing new methods for recycling, disposal or treatment of used by-products?

 

Estimate the value of your R&D project

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ForrestBrown would love to help your business

We have assembled a team of packaging, processing and materials handling R&D experts led by materials scientist Peter Beavis, PhD. This team includes chartered tax advisers, chartered accountants, lawyers, sector specialists and former HMRC inspectors. They will deliver premier advice that results in a fully optimised R&D tax credit claim that is protected from risk – with minimum time input from you. A cash boost that you deserve for your continued investment in innovation.

Chris Alderson CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Adam Kotas CTA

Director, Education & Awareness

Peter Beavis MSci PHD

Senior Sector Specialist

Jenny Tragner

Jenny Tragner CA

Director and HMRC R&D Consultative Committee seat holder

Malcom Henderson

Malcolm Henderson

Senior Tax Specialist and former-HMRC R&D unit inspector

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Chris Alderson CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Adam Kotas CTA

Director, Education & Awareness

Peter Beavis MSci PHD

Senior Sector Specialist

Jenny Tragner CA

Director and HMRC R&D Consultative Committee seat holder

Malcolm Henderson

Senior Tax Specialist and former-HMRC R&D unit inspector

To find out more about claiming R&D tax credits with ForrestBrown contact our expert team today.

The positive powerful impact of R&D tax incentives

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Annual turnover:
£33m

Benefit:
£200k

Dairy farm

This company brought a new type of dairy product to the mass market but soon encountered transportation problems because the potted form of packaging would often split, costing them time and money. To overcome this, they developed a new manufacturing process that contained the dairy products in pouches, without compromising the products’ taste or consistency.

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Annual turnover:
£170k

Benefit:
£266k

Product design consultancy

This specialist product design consultancy have produced ingenious solutions for some of the biggest brands in the world. One such saw them create smart labelling for a big pharma company’s packaging. The shape of the packages did not lend itself to e-paper already available without cracking under stress. The packaging would also need to allow for batch changing of information to be read with an RFID reader device. After stress testing numerous prototypes their solution has been adopted successfully by the client and they are working to improve its energy efficiency and batch-size capacity.

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Annual turnover:
£4m

Benefit:
£75k

Manufacturing engineering company

This manufacturer of conveyor machinery designed and built a control system for trolleys supplying car parts from a picking area to a production line. The system needed to integrate with the existing production line, travelling alongside the line and replenishing parts when they had been fitted. Since the production environment was unique, they had to create a bespoke system which synchronised with the production line, while meeting the energy-efficient objectives of the client.

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Clive Stinchombe, commercial director
Beatus Cartons

“When we first got in touch with ForrestBrown, our year-end was looming, but the team were able to work rapidly and claim for two successive years in one application. The credit we received exceeded our initial expectations and has added substantial value to our business. We were amazed by the extent of our R&D and the amount we would stand to gain as a result. The money we’ve recouped has been instrumental to our business growth.”

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Annual turnover:
£2m

Benefit:
£70k

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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Tim Patch, finance and resources director
Gordano Support Group

“When we first got in touch with ForrestBrown, our year-end was looming, but the team were able to work rapidly and claim for two successive years in one application. The credit we received exceeded our initial expectations and has added substantial value to our business.”

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Sharon Young
via Google Business

“ForrestBrown are experts in R&D tax credits. They make a complicated process easy to understand, by working with you to comply with the requirements, but also helping you to think laterally about R&D.”

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Why choose ForrestBrown?

At ForrestBrown, we want to protect you from unwittingly making a decision that leaves your business exposed to risk.

We make sure you get everything you deserve

Your ForrestBrown project team will include both tax experts and sector specialists whose role it is to ensure the full extent of your qualifying activities and costs are properly captured. The result is a fully optimised R&D tax credit claim that hopefully increases in size year on year. And peace of mind that nothing has been missed.

We proactively mitigate risk on your behalf

Our close working relationship with HMRC ensures your R&D tax credit claim meets their expectations – even with their increased focus on quality. Our quality assurance team includes former HMRC inspectors who proactively manage and minimise risk on your behalf. You benefit from a claim that stands up to scrutiny.

We save you time so you can focus on growing your business

With ForrestBrown on your side, you should expect to invest around 6-8 hours of time in your R&D tax credit claim – depending on the size of your business. That’s because our process is proactive and we do all the heavy lifting for you. We will never ask you to complete a spreadsheet to apportion your project costs, or write up a project description. That’s our role.

Benchmark your claim

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ForrestBrown would love to help your business

We have assembled a team of packaging, processing and materials handling R&D experts led by materials scientist Peter Beavis, PhD. This team includes chartered tax advisers, chartered accountants, lawyers, sector specialists and former HMRC inspectors. They will deliver premier advice that results in a fully optimised R&D tax credit claim that is protected from risk – with minimum time input from you. A cash boost that you deserve for your continued investment in innovation.

Chris Alderson CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Adam Kotas CTA

Director, Education & Awareness

Peter Beavis MSci PHD

Senior Sector Specialist

Jenny Tragner

Jenny Tragner CA

Director and HMRC R&D Consultative Committee seat holder

Malcom Henderson

Malcolm Henderson

Former-HMRC R&D unit inspector

Click to view profile

Chris Alderson CTA

Senior Tax Manager

Adam Kotas CTA

Director, Education & Awareness

Peter Beavis MSci PHD

Senior Sector Specialist

Jenny Tragner CA

Director and HMRC R&D Consultative Committee seat holder

Malcolm Henderson

Former-HMRC R&D unit inspector

To find out more about claiming R&D tax credits with ForrestBrown contact our expert team today.

The positive powerful impact of R&D tax incentives

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Annual turnover:
£14m

Benefit:
£90k

Heating engineers

“We had been claiming R&D tax credits with our auditors for several years before we moved across to ForrestBrown.

“The team at ForrestBrown combined their innovative approach with in-depth knowledge of both the legislation and the way it’s applied. They’re real experts in a niche field which gives us the confidence that they’re uncovering all our R&D. They identified project areas that we could claim for that our auditors hadn’t considered.”

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Clive Stinchombe, commercial director
Beatus Cartons

“Every year the funding helps us develop our Innovation Centre, where we’re investing in new technical staff and machinery to evolve our offering. It has allowed us to be far more creative and ambitious as a business.”

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Annual turnover:
£5m

Benefit:
£50k

Precision engineers

“We first heard of R&D tax credits about ten years ago. For the first few years we claimed them ourselves with help from our accountants, but the process was so time intensive that we decided to look at sourcing some specialist help.

ForrestBrown identified things that we were not claiming for but should have been. But the best thing about working with ForrestBrown was taking the time burden away. It released all of our expensive people back into the business, which was a huge benefit.”

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Jamie Turner, technical director
SMD

“Having worked with ForrestBrown we are far more aware of the full extent of our innovation now. We have introduced processes to proactively record relevant costs – timesheets for CAD technicians for example. This means that for preparing comprehensive future claims, a lot of groundwork has been laid. That’s a great position to be in.”

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Annual turnover:
£3.8m

Benefit:
£75k

Software developers

“Before working with ForrestBrown, one of the Big 4 accountancy firms was our R&D tax credit adviser. When ForrestBrown reviewed our claim, they spotted several areas of R&D that had been missed. ForrestBrown resubmitted the claim to HMRC for us. In total, the overall value was uplifted by 700%.”

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Shy Guys Studios
***** via Google Business

“Working with the team at ForrestBrown was a dream. They were exceptionally helpful, friendly and professional throughout the process.  Every effort was made to answer our questions, explain the application process and delve into the intricacies of our projects, while keeping the amount of time we had to dedicate to the application ourselves very minimal. I’d highly recommend them.”

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Judith Davies, finance director
Beacons Business Interiors

“We’ve worked with ForrestBrown for several years and they always ensure our claim is fully maximised. They are experts when it comes to understanding HMRC’s guidelines, so we always have peace of mind that our claim will meet HMRC’s requirements.”

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Laurent Maguire
Kyan

“Our first claim with ForrestBrown was four times the size of our previous one, so choosing to work with them was an incredibly valuable decision. We only wish we had engaged them earlier.”

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Hannah Westley, group finacial controller
App Tech Development

“ForrestBrown were an excellent choice for our business, they held our hand throughout the entire process and made it super easy for us.”

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Hector Rubio, director and co-founder
The Footsoldiers Design Consultancy

“The team cut to the chase rather than bogging us down with minute details and are patient and attentive whenever we have questions.”

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