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Haines Watts R&D (North West)

Haines Watts is a top 12 firm of chartered accountants who speacialise in advising and supporting business owners.


Based locally in our Altrincham, Liverpool and Wirral offices, our specialist Research and Development (R&D) team has over 45 years combined tax experience and can offer you a dedicated service to maximise a claim, including expert advice in respect of RDEC, Patent Box and RDAs.


R&D Tax Credits are a Government incentive designed to reward innovation and accelerate growth in UK Companies.


HMRC estimates that only 25% of UK Businesses have claimed R&D tax relief, our experience is that many businesses are missing out because they do not realise they could be eligible, assume R&D tax relief is difficult to qualify for, underestimate the benefits or don’t think the scheme will apply to them.


These assumptions are frequently unfounded and at Haines Watts we can provide R&D assistance, with a proven track record of successfully reclaiming tax for companies across most industry sectors.


At Haines Watts we:

  • Have reclaimed tax across many industry sectors
  • Have an expertise in making these claims and dealing with the R&D specialists at HMRC
  • Can carry out a review which could result in a significant reduction in corporation tax or a repayment.
  • Can expedite your claim and process it within as little as two weeks


If you spend time making or developing your products or making your processes better and more efficient, then you could be entitled to claim R & D tax relief.


For an SME you get an extra 130% tax relief on the R&D expenditure, you can make a claim for the previous year as well, you can even benefit if you are making a loss and you could have the money claimed back in as little as 8 weeks.


We advise companies of all shapes and sizes handling your claim from start to finish, working with you to ensure you are capturing all of your costs and developing a full R&D strategy.


We have saved our clients over £22.5 million of corporation tax in the last 18 months alone and we are here to make claiming for R&D tax credits as simple as possible.


Our team is happy to have a chat over the phone or meet in person to discuss your potential R&D tax savings which includes a free, no obligation review, including a review of previously made claims

You could be missing out on valuable tax relief so let’s talk about what’s possible.


Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP
Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited
Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
James Douglas, ContainerPort
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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