Article prepared by Grant Laing.

Most businesses are being negatively impacted by the Coronavirus as a result of a reduction in sales, delay in payment of invoices and an overall increased uncertainty. Cash flow is, understandably, a key concern for the majority of companies with insufficient working capital and external/internal funding critical to ensure business continuity.


As well as the
whole host government grants that are being made available to businesses, one very
well established way of generating extra cash can be the submission of R&D
claims – these can result in direct cash payments of up to 33% of every £ spent
on qualifying projects (e.g. salary costs, consumable costs, contractors’ costs).
Plus unlike the new grants
being issued as a result of COVID-19, R&D Tax Incentives have been well
established for over 20 years with HMRC. 

Many businesses
may have not taken advantage of this – either because they thought they did not
apply to them, or because it is too complex and the benefit is perceived as
being small compared to the time and effort required.


“We don’t do R&D”

Are you sure? The criteria for eligibility are very
broad.  ‘Qualifying activity’ is not limited to the obvious example of
development of new products. It can just as easily apply to activity such as:

  • overcoming technical problems;
  • making improvements to existing processes.
  • changing products or processes to be more efficient or more environmentally friendly;
  • changing products or processes to meet new regulatory requirements; or
  • building and integrating new IT systems.

“It will take too much of our time”

Amplifi Solutions have established
processes which keep to a minimum the time you spend providing information. Our
process typically takes less than 4

hours of your time and with the
average claim being worth around £20K to a company, that is surely time well

With significant experience within our
team of working in both industry and HMRC, we know the pragmatic solutions that
HMRC will accept – and we know how to be concise and clear while not asking for
more from you than we need.


R&D claims can still be made within two years
of the end of an accounting period. This means that, for example, a company
with an April year end can still make claims for the year ended 30 April 2018
as at the date of writing. This means a benefit is being derived for
expenditure incurred as far back as 1 May 2017 and claims are typically paid in
28 days.

There has never been a better time to reassess your
eligibility for research and development incentives. For many companies this an
untapped source of ready funding, paid in cash to support your ongoing
activities. Amplifi Solutions are offering Edinburgh Connect members a free
consultation. For more information on R&D tax Incentives contact our team or contact Grant Laing on