Need help claiming R&D tax credits? Our director, Simon Bulteel, is a Research and Development tax-relief expert, together with the rest of the team we are able to offer advice and professional help to businesses in London and across the UK.

This specialist area of tax credits for R&D, scientific and Technological advances is incredibly complex and there is still a chronic lack of awareness in business about the R&D tax credits available. Claiming full tax relief entitlements can have a significant impact on a business’s ability to fund future product development.

Simon has helped numerous businesses in London to investigate the scope of their R&D work, providing guidance on claiming tax credits for qualifying projects. He is able to recognise and scope valid projects and offer practical interpretation of HMRC’s technical rules and regulations.

We will work with you and your team to ensure you understand the qualifying conditions, help review the technical aspects of qualifying projects, and produce draft justifications for submission to HMRC.

Simon Bulteel - R&D Tax Consultant

What is R&D Tax Relief?

The R&D Tax Relief Scheme was set up by the government in 2000 to reward innovation and fuel business growth. R&D Tax Credits are a valuable resource to businesses to invest in and accelerate research and development opportunities and ensure business growth.

Businesses that spend money developing new products, processes or services, or enhance existing ones, are eligible for R&D tax relief. The R&D Tax Credit can be claimed as a cash payment in the event of a tax loss in the financial year, or if the company is profitable, as a reduction in corporation tax.

What costs qualify for R&D Tax Relief?

Qualifying expenditure for any R&D Tax Relief claim includes:

  • Employee costs, such as gross salaries, employer NI contributions, pension contributions and certain reimbursed expenses
  • Freelancers and subcontractors
  • Consumables, such as water, fuel and power that is consumed or transformed during the R&D process
  • Software
  • Payments to the subjects of clinical trials

R&D tax credit services we offer


Cooden Tax Consulting can assist with all areas of R&D and Technology Tax Reliefs. Services include:

  • R&D Tax Relief (the SME scheme and RDEC (Research & Development expenditure Credit)
  • Video Games Tax Relief
  • Patent Box
  • Proofreading Claim Reviews
  • Tax Enquiry Support

Why choose Cooden Tax Consulting?

Cooden Tax Consulting are a small but long established R&D tax credit consultancy firm assisting a wide range of businesses to maximise their R&D tax credits. To date we have submitted claims in excess of £30m for a wide spectrum of businesses.

The area of R&D Tax Relief is highly specialised and is therefore not comfortably covered by most accountancy practices. Simon Bulteel and the team at Cooden Tax Consulting have the extensive knowledge and experience required to guide any business through the complex legislation of Technology Tax Reliefs.

Simon will work collaboratively with you and your appointed accountant to calculate, validate and complete an R&D tax claim. He has helped numerous businesses across the UK navigate the complex legislative process and make claims.

Simon and the team have an outstanding reputation, the proof of which can be seen in our testimonials here.

Client Testimonials

As a start-up with a unique mobile app, saving £8k+ in tax is a big deal.

Joel Burgess
Founder & CEO, Nutrifix

We saved £64k with R&D tax relief. Simon is brilliant. He scores 10 out of 10!

Louise Smith
Director, OSET Bikes UK Limited

You really need a specialist for R&D tax relief. Simon saved us £140k+

Stephen Bull
Finance Director, Barth-Haas UK Ltd

You really need a specialist for R&D tax relief. Simon saved us £140k+

Max Windheuser
Director, Evinox Energy Ltd

R&D Tax Credit Success Stories

As a fin-tech start-up with significant r&d spend, saving £50k+ is fantastic!
Dev Subatra - Founder, Fidel

Fidel Limited – Fintech Loyalty Rewards Technology – saved £50k+

This was a complex development project that involved an extensive and expensive collaboration with Visa and Mastercard to connect to their data feed. The API needed to be compliant with the PCI framework – the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.

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You really need a specialist for R&D tax relief. Simon saved us £140k+
Max Windheuser - Director, Evinox Energy Ltd

Evinox Energy Ltd – Heating Systems – Saved £140k+

There were several separate projects making up claims for R&D tax relief. One of these was the development of an improved heat interface unit. It was designed to be a combined boiler and tank, with connections to a wider system for heating multiple occupancy accommodation.

In its new design the company sought to improve the efficiency and unit cost of manufacture by introducing a new efficient pump, developing new (and less) control valves, as well as an intuitive ViewSmart Room Controller, that incorporated their own PaySmart pre-payment technology, to allow for centralised reporting and billing.

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Our Savings of £79k have been invested into further R&D for our Fin-Tech App.
Ben Turney - CEO, Teathers

Teathers Financial Software Limited – Fintech Investment App – saved £79k

Teathers research and development work was based around innovative software development (Software as a Service – SaaS) and a new private investor experience concept.

The Teathers App is an execution-only platform. When an AIM-listed company raises money, “onboarded” users of the Teathers App have the opportunity to get involved.

Users are onboarded by downloading the iOS or Android app and completing an account application process. This sets up an execution-only brokerage account with Shard Capital.

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We gained £25k tax relief on our first claim. We're now on our second
Richard Moore - MD, The Source

The Source – Subterranean Skatepark – saved £26k

The skate park build was very complex and needed a great deal of scientifi c construction research before it could go ahead.

The site dates back to the 1800’s and had been derelict for approximately 18 years. It was originally a swimming pool that also had (and still does have) a full basement of water. The whole footprint of the building is part of a natural stream and water from the roads drain down into the space.

This creates a marine environment. Calculations were required for understanding how timber ramps would expand and contract with the humidity, for example.

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We highly recommend Cooden Tax Consulting to other businesses. We saved £49k.
Andy Johnson - Director, Cosmarida Limited

Cosmarida Limited – Cosmetics Manufacturer – Saved £49k

Cosmarida work in an industry where formulation development is an ongoing R&D process. The skincare and toiletries products are constantly being refreshed with new fragrances and
active ingredients.

Despite working to a “brief” from their customer for most product developments, the company were able to qualify for the SME tax relief scheme because the brief was vague. Cosmarida had to experiment with different combinations of fragrances and ingredients to produce a number of samples and make multiple changes to get customer approval. Even then the R&D work isn’t finished.

Scaling up from a small 100ml pot to a 1,000 litre test batch and then a 10,000 litre first production batch, still represent significant challenges. As well as the product manufacturing, the company has also designed and built machines for unique packaging requirements.

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