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Who we are

ForrestBrown is the UK’s largest specialist R&D tax credit consultancy. We’re passionate about helping innovative businesses grow.

Our commitment to excellence means that, when it comes to R&D tax credits, we’re the best in the UK. But, don’t just take our word for it. We were named ‘best independent consultancy firm’ by Taxation Awards 2018 in recognition of our technical expertise and client service.

We have a single focus. All we do is R&D tax credits. Bigger picture: we’re part of US consultancy alliantgroup, with the wider expertise and resources that brings.

2019 Sunday Times best small company to work for - ForrestBrown 2019 #77 of 100 The Sunday Times best small companies to work for
Best companies 3 star 2019 2019 3 star accredited Best Companies - "extraordinary" levels of employee engagement
Fast growth 50 South West winner award logo 2018 #1 of 50 & category winner Overall winner & financial & professional services winner
Best Company to Work For - 3 star accreditation 2018 3 star accredited Best Companies - "extraordinary" levels of employee engagement
Amazon ECI B2B business of the year awards 2017 Finalist The ECI B2B business of the year
Business Leader Awards 2017 Employer of the Year Finalist 2017 Finalist Employer of the year
British small business awards 2017 accounts and tax adviser of the year winner 2017 Winner Accountants and tax adviser of the year
Startups 100 2016 2016 Ranked #13 of #100
Tolley's Taxation Awards 2018 winner logo 2018 Winner Best independent consultancy firm
IoD Young Director of the Year South West 2017 - Simon Brown 2017 Winner IoD South West young director of the year (Simon Brown, MD and founder)
2016 Winner Startup business of the year
Winner of Tolley's Taxation Awards 2017 - Rising Star 2017 Winner Taxation's rising star award (Lisa-Marie Smith, director)
Bristol Life Awards 2017 winner logo 2017 Winner Financial category
Lloyds Bank National Business Awards UK 2016 2016 Finalist Lloyds Bank best new business of the year
BLM Trailblazers - 2018 Top 50 entrepreneurs 2018 Top 50 Business Leader top 50 trailblazer (Simon Brown)
Tolley's taxation award winner 2016 Winner Best independent consultancy firm
2017 Winner Entrepreneur of the year (Simon Brown, MD and founder)
Lloyds National Business Awards 2015 finalist 2015 Finalist The Duke of York new entrepreneur of the year (Simon Brown, MD and founder)
Business Leader Awards 2016 Winner 2016 Winner Business of the year (11-50 employees)
sunday-times-best-small-companies 2018 #47 of 100 The Sunday Times best small companies to work for
Startups Awards Winner of Service Business of the Year 2015 Winner Service business of the year

Our people

We offer a level of specialist technical expertise that you will find hard to match elsewhere. Our team is made up of qualified chartered tax advisers, accountants, lawyers and sector specialists, alongside quality assurance and client relations experts. With a former HMRC inspector in our ranks and a seat on HMRC’s R&D Consultative Committee, you benefit from our good relationship with HMRC.

Meet our people
Sunil Bajaj Tax Manager
Sara Brigden ForrestBrown
Anna Walton Digital Marketing Executive ForrestBrown
Mike Buckley - B2B content manager

Our process

ForrestBrown provides an end-to-end service that makes claiming R&D tax incentives easy for you. Our proactive approach means we are efficient with your time. We use a rigorous, continually-improving process informed by policy-level insights. Built-in quality assurance maximises your R&D tax credit claim and protects you from risk. We ensure each claim stands up to HMRC scrutiny.

How we make a claim
Determining qualifying R&D expenditure for your R&D claim
making an R&D tax claim
Completing R&D tax credit claim
Submitting your R&D claim form to HMRC

Our impact

We help innovative businesses grow through the transformative power of R&D tax credits. With our expertise, many of our clients use the benefit they receive to invest in STEM talent and embark on even more ambitious R&D projects. Our work has created the equivalent of more than 15,000 technical jobs in the UK. This impact reaches far and wide. Our clients operate in every industry sector, and range from small and medium-sized businesses, right through to large enterprises.

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We’d love to talk to you

We’re privileged to see first-hand the positive impact that R&D tax incentives have on our clients’ businesses. And we’d love to discuss working together. Speak to us to find out more:
forrestbrown education and awareness team