Heathcote Farms

Sector: Agriculture

Heathcote Farms is a 1,150 hectare farm in Bedfordshire. The farm grows a variety of crops and are industry-leaders in sustainably farming techniques.

Heathcote Farming

The innovation challenge

Heathcotes were carrying out trials to grow wheat with no added artificial nitrogen. This research is invaluable as moving towards a zero-chemical regime may be necessary in the near future based on new regulations and environmental considerations. 

Through their consistent investment and ground-breaking developments in agronomy, environmental science and biotechnology, the team at Heathcote Farms are reducing their carbon footprint and making strides towards a no-till regime that can make their business more competitive and more robust. 

How Heathcote engaged with Easy R&D

A fellow farmer made the introduction to Easy R&D and their journey to an optimal claim started there.

“I was constantly re-assessing the funding for our research projects. If we hadn't received money back from the R&D tax relief scheme, we would probably have had to scale back our commitment to R&D.” 

Our R&D tax consultant, Thorfinn Armstrong, a specialist in agricultural R&D, helped Andrew throughout the claim process and up to a successful pay-out. Since this first successful claim, Thorfinn and Andrew have partnered every year resulting in substantial R&D tax relief for Heathcote Farms from HMRC. 

What can we learn from Andrew and Heathcote Farms?

  • Working with an expert in your industry makes all the difference. The consultant’s experience and knowledge allows them to uncover areas of R&D where the claim can be optimised and uplifted. Thorfinn and Andrew’s close partnership is key to Heathcote’s ongoing successful claims year on year.
  • The scope of what HMRC defines as R&D is broad and so what may be your everyday work - like Heathcote’s efforts to regenerate their soil - could be eligible as claimable R&D expenditure
  • R&D that is not successful is still eligible to claim against. As is the nature of most R&D, it may take several iterations - like Heathcote’s wheat trials - before finding a viable solution.

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 Heathcote Farms. 

Heathcote Holdings

Easy R&D’s professionalism and thoroughness gave us the reassurance we needed to navigate to a successful claim…. If we hadn't received money back from the R&D tax relief scheme, we would probably have had to scale back our commitment to R&D.

Andrew Robinson

Farms Manager at Heathcote Farms

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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