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R&D Tax Credits for Retail & Wholesale

It’s no secret that these are tumultuous times for the UK’s retail and wholesale sector. Retail and wholesale industry business owners will know the industry requires innovative solutions. Yet, many don’t know that the government has been readily awarding innovation in the sector since 2000.

R&D tax credits in the retail and wholesale industry is a great way to mitigate any losses when undertaking innovative and inventive solutions.

To overcome problems, you may find your business has to:

  • build bespoke software
  • adapt and develop existing products
  • integrate multiple systems

These will likely involve R&D to qualify for the R&D tax credits scheme.

Whether it’s website development, big data, the Internet of Things, the latest food trend or the war against plastic waste, we can identify which of your activities can qualify, no matter what kind of business you run.

Retail and Wholesale projects that may qualify for R&D tax relief include:

  • Implementation of new stock or enterprise software;
  • Use of analytics to improve ecommerce online;
  • Installing automated systems for materials handling;
  • Improving existing processes through new technology;
  • Introducing more durable or durable eco-friendly packaging;
  • New materials in products e.g. smart fabrics for the fashion/textile industry;
  • Optimising materials in products that are lighter, thinner, stronger, brighter or cheaper, or;
  • Use of devices, mobile or tablet technology to improve its operational efficiency.

Retail & Wholesale Case Studies

Pipetto – wholesale

Pipetto – wholesale

Agriculture – Whartons Nurseries

Agriculture – Whartons Nurseries


Key questions on R&D tax relief answered

What activities can be included in a R&D project?

  • Defining technical objectives
  • Identifying uncertainties
  • Feasibility studies, reviewing new and competing technologies
  • Analysing, designing and developing the technology
  • Producing technical specification or other documents to explain and support the R&D project and advancement
  • Testing the product, process, service or software
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Administration, finance and personnel services specifically required to support R&D activities
  • Training to support R&D

What expenditure can be claimed for in a R&D project?

  • Staff Costs – Employee costs (salary, national insurance and employer pension) are apportioned for their time spent on the R&D project plus any reimbursed associated business expenses
  • Software – Purchased for R&D purposes and costs apportioned for any subsequent use
  • Subcontracted R&D – You can claim 65% of what you paid your R&D subcontractor
  • Utilities & Consumables – Water, fuel, power and material used in the project
  • Prototypes – Produced for R&D purposes

About Easy R&D’s R&D tax credit claim process

Claiming R&D tax relief is a niche.

Here at Easy R&D, we’ll probe your company’s activities to reveal the true extent of your company’s R&D.

Averaging £54,000 per claim, we’re a business built around expert tax professionals, skilled technical report writers, and flawless processes to ensure your R&D claims are successful — with maximum return. You could even reduce your corporation tax bill to zero.

HMRC’s criteria for claiming is purposefully broad, so what qualifies may surprise you.


Interested in claiming R&D tax credits?