R&D at Whartons Nurseries

R&D at Whartons Nurseries

Whartons Nurseries are a garden rose powerhouse cultivating 1.5 million plants each year, the largest wholesale grower in the UK. Each week they deliver stock to over 700 garden centres and mail order wholesalers from their range of 400 varieties.

Paul Wharton, Director at Wharton Nurseries, explained about his company’s research and development.

“We’re a specialist grower and our key areas of operation include production, land management, varietal testing and pest control. To bring new products to market we have to develop our own pesticide solutions in-house. These have to not only benefit the plants but also comply with regulations and our desire to preserve nature.

We had heard of the HMRC R&D Tax Credit scheme and thought it might apply to us. Through a recommendation by a friend, we started talking to Easy R&D. They quickly helped us shine a light on our business and realise the true extent of the R&D we had been carrying out. But nothing had been claimed back from HMRC.

Easy R&D’s input helped us make a large claim which resulted in a substantial tax repayment from HMRC. This money 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, but we look forward to working on the claims in the future with them!”

Making a claim

Easy R&D have helped hundreds of companies with R&D tax relief claims including the agricultural and horticulture sectors. Contact your nearest R&D Consultant to see if you can claim – 0800 195 7516 

Software R&D Tax Relief

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R&D Tax Credits for Software Developers


HM Revenue and Custom’s research and development tax credits scheme has provided £26.9 billions worth of tax relief over 300,000 claims between 2000 – 2018.  And according to HMRC (October 2019), a total of 42,075 R&D tax credit claims were made by SME companies in the year 2017-18 with software development projects in the top three industry sectors.

Software project activities applicable for R&D tax credits

  • Development of new state-of-the-art software to assist with key operational tasks
  • Design and development of ‘add-on’ tools or plugins to enhance the functionality of existing applications
  • Implementation of extensions to existing database software or operating systems
  • Research and development into innovative data capture methods
  • Research and development into innovative data management techniques and representations
  • Conducting feasibility studies for potential software ideas
  • Analysis of new and competing technologies
  • Product or software testing
  • The creation of technical specs to underpin an R&D project
  • Necessary training to support the use of R&D

R&D software project and activity expenditure

  • Employed staff costs, e.g. gross salary, employer’s National Insurance and pension contributions
  • Subcontractors, agency staff and freelance professionals
  • Software licensing fees
  • Utilities and Consumables

We’ve helped hundreds of companies to make R&D tax relief claims and many of them involved innovative software.

Contact your nearest R&D Consultant to see if you can claim – 0800 195 7516 

Shelley Engineering R&D for London Underground

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Special Air Conditioning Tank

Shelley Engineering are a specialist metal manufacturer who provide a bespoke end to end metalwork service, through from design, development, testing to programming and manufacturing​

​They embarked on a project for The London Underground which is infamous for being too hot during the summer. The high temperatures are primarily a result of the depth and size of the tunnels which has meant that there is inadequate space for the heat to dissipate along with there being more trains generating heat than ever before compounding the issue further. ​

​Shelley Engineering were tasked with a problem relating to the air conditioning tanks used in the trains which were leaking and cracking on a regular basis due to the constant expansion and contraction of the tanks caused by temperatures changes. The temperature would routinely change from an average of 30 degrees Celsius underground during the summer to an average of 5 degrees over-ground in the winter and would often spike over these periods. ​

​The team at Shelley Engineering sought to reduce the deterioration of the tanks by reviewing and improving the construction methods and materials used in making the tanks. ​

They had to embark on a multi-stage iterative process of investigating, engineering, prototyping, and testing in order to produce tanks that achieved the best balance of temperature resistance and overall durability versus the cost and ease of production. ​

Easy R&D successfully claimed 20.3% of R&D qualifying costs for Shelley Engineering.