£134 Million in Government Investment to Help UK Businesses ‘Build Back Greener’

By |November 5th, 2020|Tags: |

What is the Government Offering? Businesses across the UK are set to benefit from a £134 million Government investment, enabling ‘ground-breaking clean growth’ projects develop new technologies and secure new jobs. The projects include an initiative to service offshore wind turbines autonomously, use AI to reduce beer waste in the brewing process and convert seaweed into compostable [...]

Scottish R&D Claims Lag Behind UK Peers

By |October 28th, 2020|

Scottish companies are being encouraged to claim R&D tax relief after HMRC data showed that they are only claiming a fraction of the UK equivalent. £230 million has been claimed by Scottish companies for the 2018/29 financial year with an average claim value of £80,341. This amounts to 2,920 claims out of 11,820 claims in [...]

Companies in the UK Must Innovate to Survive

By |October 26th, 2020|Tags: |

BrandZ’s first ranking of the UK’s top 50 most valuable brands does not include a single pure-play tech business, whereas 47% of the global top 50 are technology businesses. The British ranking is skewed heavily towards telecoms, finance and utilities companies, which comprise well over half (69%) of the top 50. Peter Walshe, BrandZ global strategy director [...]

HMRC 2020 R&D Statistics

By |October 2nd, 2020|Tags: |

This week, HMRC released its R&D statistics report, and while the numbers are positive, we still have a ways to go, especially given the massive shift that 2020 has gone through. The report shows continued percentage increases on the number of claims and refund amount. However, the Government's goal is £22 billion of R&D funding [...]

COVID-19 Test Showing On-The-Spot Results Are to be Rolled Out

By |September 30th, 2020|Tags: , |

Tests for Covid-19 that show on-the-spot results in 15 to 30 minutes are about to be rolled out across the world, potentially saving many thousands of lives and slowing the pandemic in both poor and rich countries. In a triumph for a global initiative to get vital drugs and vaccines to fight the virus, 120 [...]

AHK Recruitment Limited v. HMRC

By |September 22nd, 2020|Tags: , |

BACKGROUND AHK Recruitment Limited (“AHK”) v. HMRC (2019) AHK is a UK based company that provides human resources (HR) services and develops HR systems. In 2014 and 2015, the company aimed to research employee attributes (e.g. values, motivation and intellect) and develop technology to assess these in a statistical, methodical way. This work sought to: [...]

The Most Innovative Cities in the United Kingdom

By |August 20th, 2020|Tags: , , |

The common way in which innovation is tracked, is to look at the number of patent requests originating in any one city or region. By registering a patent, you are essentially registering an idea that was unique to you and receiving acknowledgement from the government that no one can steal your work. 1. Cambridge Recently [...]

Harbourside Products Receive £165,000 in R&D Tax Relief

By |August 19th, 2020|

Harbourside Products in Maryport has recently received £165,000 in R&D tax relief. The company spent over £200,000 to invent a new way of slicing smoked salmon that reduces wastage. This has allowed the company to create new recipes for their pâtés, terrines of chicken, duck, game, ham hock and rabbit.  Owner Richard Hodgson stated, “We [...]

A New Study from the European Patent Office shows that the United Kingdom is a European Hub for Innovation in 3D Printing

By |August 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

A new study conducted by the European Patent Office reveals that the United Kingdom is leading Europe in 3D printing. The United Kingdom accounts for 5 per cent of 3D printing patent applications at the European Patent Office, putting it in second place behind Germany. There has been a rapid increase in European 3D printing [...]

Agricultural R&D Makes Up Less Than 1 Percent of UK R&D Claims

By |July 22nd, 2020|

According to an article by Global Ag Media, many farmers in the UK are not taking advantage of the R&D tax credit for their innovative work. The agriculture sector makes up less than 0.5% of all UK R&D claims. However, those who do make a claim receive an average refund of £52,000. Agricultural companies developing [...]