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Is your business carrying out research and development (R&D) or protecting intellectual property via patents? If so, you may be entitled to R&D tax credits.

What is R&D tax relief?

If your company is carrying out R&D, it could be eligible for generous R&D tax relief from expenses such as utilities, staff costs, consumables and even external contractor costs.

The UK government offers two schemes, one for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and another for large firms.  

  • SME scheme: For profitable SMEs, the benefit could be as high as 25% of the total expenditure. For loss-making SMEs, the result of a successful claim could be a cash payment of 33% of total expenditure.
  • RDEC scheme: The RDEC (Research and Development Expenditure Credit) is designed for larger companies. It offers a less generous but still worthwhile 11% cash benefit, based on an indicative tax rate of 19%. 

New to R&D tax credits?

If you have never claimed before, our team will be happy to help you through the claim process. 

Download our guide to claiming R&D Tax Credits

Already claiming R&D tax credits? 

Working with a specialist can make a real difference to your claim. 

That’s great that you are already claiming R&D tax relief. However, the team at Gateley Capitus can help you achieve your full benefit and reduce the time spent on claims by your team, whilst protecting you from the risks of claiming.

We are an adaptable team that can offer your company support that best suit your requirements, this could be our full end to end claim service or a review of your existing claim process or documents. 

With the ever-changing criteria and interpretation of the scheme, it is important to ensure that you are receiving the best advice available. 

Please contact us to discuss your current claim and see how we can help you

Calculate your potential tax saving:

What are R&D Tax Credits?

R&D tax credits allow companies to reduce their tax bill or claim payable cash tax credits as a proportion of their research and development expenditure. For every £1 of R&D spent, you could receive up to 33p back in R&D tax credits. 

Watch our short video for an explanation of R&D tax credits and why they matter.


What do we do?

We help companies access and maximise their entitlement to tax incentives. We provide all the necessary guidance and documentation needed for your company to make an R&D tax relief claim. Our consultants are always there to assist you, whatever the size of your company or the scale of your research and development.

Step 1:  We offer complementary and no obligation consultations to discuss what your business does and the R&D undertaken.

Step 2:  As appointed agents, we maximise the analysis of costs that qualify for relief and provide a robust and transparent assessment in line with HMRC guidance.

Book a free, no obligation review of your R&D activity

The Government has made a number of announcements relating to the reform of UK R&D tax reliefs, including plans to tackle abuse of, and improve compliance with, the R&D tax reliefs.


With this greater scrutiny from HMRC it is essential that every business that invests in R&D is not discouraged from making claims but does so with the necessary detail.


R&D tax credits are a valuable tax relief but many businesses either do not claim or do not maximise the reliefs that are available.

Book your free R&D review

Who do we help?

We help companies from SMEs to large corporations take full advantage of the relevant R&D tax relief. We have advised businesses operating in sectors ranging from construction, engineering, IT, food and drink, health and life sciences, and even traditional manufacturers, on the opportunities available.

How much does this cost?

We usually work on a contingent fee basis. This means there is a direct link with the result, no downside in involving us, and you have peace of mind that our goals are fully aligned with yours. However, we’re always willing to discuss alternative fee structures.  Whatever the fee structure, you will always keep the lion’s share of the benefit.

In the unlikely event that HMRC queries our claims, we don’t charge any additional fees.

Got a question? Get in touch.