Acuity Solutions

Sector: Software

Acuity specialises in implementing Sage business solutions along with providing additional solutions that complement Sage to deliver true business value. They provide a range of scalable and flexible solutions that can help businesses to manage processes including accounts, manufacturing, inventory and project/job costing. Acuity has extensive experience working with Sage in implementing solutions that benefit multiple industries which span more than 30 years.

Acuity Solutions

The innovation challenge

Acuity wanted to simplify the direct debit process and eliminate the need for manual steps and multiple software platforms. The development involved integrating the Sage with third-party payment providers and automating the allocation of payments within the platform. The project was extremely complex and included working with different data structures of multiple banks, ensuring communication was secure and encrypted and was compliant with many different data privacy and financial regulations.

How Lee engaged with Easy R&D

Acuity’s CEO, Lee Whelan, had tasked their Finance Director to secure an specialist who could effectively help them to make a successful claim for R&D tax credits and, after speaking with many different agents, Acuity decided on Easy R&D.

“From our first contact with Easy R&D, consultant Robin Harwood’s personal touch and professionalism was a clear winner. The service he and the team have provided during the claims process confirmed we had made the right decision going with Easy R&D.” 

Our R&D tax consultant, Robin Harwood, clearly laid out the steps he would take to optimise Acuity’s R&D claim. By working to understand the intricacies of their complex R&D activity, Robin helped Lee and the team to identify the eligible expenditure. Pairing the expenditure with a strong technical narrative was key in this claim and this methodology was used to ensure a sizable reward from HMRC, claim after claim.  

What can we learn from Lee and Acuity Solutions?

  • Working with an R&D tax specialist makes all the difference. Expert tax advisors plus experienced technical writers means all of HMRC’s requirements are covered.
  • The scope of what HMRC defines as R&D is broad and ever-changing. Our specialist team has the experience and constant training which allows them to uncover all eligible expenditure, something that your accountant or a general tax advisor may not be able to do so easily.
  • Your R&D may be complex – like Acuity’s – but your path to a successful claim doesn’t need to be.

The time to take action is now

We invite you to join us for a free exploratory call to find out whether your business may be eligible to make a very substantial claim for this year and previous financial periods

We look forward to seeing how we can help you and your business to be better off - just like Acuity Solutions.


The real added-value with Easy R&D is having access to specialist tax experts and technical writers. This cross-functional team, who truly understand what HMRC are looking for, were key to our successful claims.

Lee Whelan

Chief Executive Officer, Acuity Solutions

If you’re a small to medium company in the UK, you could also be claiming back up to £33 on every £100 spent on R&D. The work you do that qualifies for the R&D tax credits scheme — often embedded in the day-to-day running of your business — may surprise you.

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