Sector: Horticulture + Agriculture

Whartons are the UK’s largest and most successful grower of garden roses. They propagate over 1.5million roses every year with 50 highly specialised full-time employees. Based on Norfolk their production field has grown to cover over 60 hectares of land at any one time, with a sophisticated field rotation system sharing land with nearby farmers. They service over 700 UK garden centres and wholesalers.


The Challenge

As a specialist rose grower, some of their key operations include production, land management, varietal testing and the technically complex area of pest control. To bring new rose products to market Whartons have to develop their own pesticide solutions, in-house. These have to not only benefit the plants and also need comply with changing regulations and Whartons’ class-leading sustainability and environmental protection standards.

Whartons’ management team had heard of the HMRC R&D Tax Credit scheme and thought it might apply to them, but were not yet claiming any relief.

The Solution

Through a recommendation, our Easy R&D team were brought in and quickly shone a light on the true extent of the intensive and resource heavy R&D Whartons were carrying out. We submitted a successful first-time claim resulting in a substantial tax repayment from HMRC.


The money we claim is put back into R&D to help us grow the very best garden roses, whilst retaining our leading position in the UK market.

It’s a shame we did not start working with Easy R&D earlier, and we look forward to working with them on our future claims.

Paul Wharton

Director, Whartons Nurseries

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