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£368k Awarded to Nine Companies

Author: Gareth Smyth
  1. Yorkshire based plastic vacuum forming company receives £81k

Formed in the late 1960s, the company offer a range of specialist services including plastic vacuum forming, plastic injection moulding, and 3- and 5-axis CNC trimming, as well as a comprehensive design, fabrication, and logistics packages. Investment in the most up-to-date technology ensures that whatever the size and complexity of the project, they can provide a cost-effective and efficient solution. From the first stage of component design through to product finishing, each process is carefully monitored and assessed by fully trained staff, providing the customers with quality, reassurance, and value for money.

  1. Leicestershire based cast iron components repair company awarded £18k

Founded in 1996, the company provides repairing and refurbishing cast iron components for many sectors including Marine, Classic and Vintage Cars and Architectural genres.  Due the nature of the business the company provides bespoke solutions to reach of their customers’ needs. This is achieved via vigorous testing and the development of new manufacturing methods and fit-for-purpose application changes, and by on-site staff to overcome operational installation challenges.

  1. Surrey based M&E workforce supply company receives £40k for two years R&D work

Established in 2006, the company uses and develops custom software and apps to mitigate against anti-slave labour and for compliance, all of which enables clients to avoid high staff turnover and retain skilled workers for the duration of a project. The company constantly monitors project progress through a combination of site visits, reviews, client meetings, and regular communications, and offers a wide selection of accredited training courses (including BESA training) through which a client can cover skills gaps or upskill their own workforce.

  1. Norfolk based motor and generator repairs company awarded £18k for first R&D claim

The company specialising in hazardous area motor and generator repairs. The company skilled engineers have extensive experience in the repair of electric motors, generators, gearboxes, HVAC fans, pumps, and all other types of rotating machines. More recently, they have incorporated a mechanical engineering service, enabling them to carry out in-house machining and dynamic balancing.

  1. Leicestershire based materials testing company receives £45k making total claims £105k

Established in 2007, the company is an independent materials testing company serving the civil engineering, construction, and quarrying industries. Specialising in all areas of asphalt, aggregates, earthworks, and concrete from initial production to verification both on site and within the company’s purpose-built in-house laboratory facilities. The Company have spent many years developing this process and building up a database of core samples that can be used to provide real-time guidance for clients to provide the best solutions given the parameters involved.

  1. Dorset based metal fabrication company awarded £84k taking total claims to £299k

Incorporated in 2017, the company has rapidly become the leading marine stainless steel fabrication company on the south coast. Thanks to investments in the latest manufacturing machinery, the company can develop a variety of components through laser cutting, 5-axis CNC machining, water jet cutting and tube bending. The company has invested heavily in shop floor plant and development capacity which, combined with knowledge and high skill levels, gives them the ability to produce a range of products and a variety of surface finishes.

  1. Cheshire based security company receives £23k

The company provide innovative bespoke integrated security solutions which are cost effective and designed to keep buildings secure, and people safe. Offering a complete service, they have expertise in delivering the full process from design and installation to maintenance, technical support and emergency call out. Their long-established relationships with a wide range of public and private sector bodies and commercial clients include the UK Government, HM Prison Service, the Home Office, Ministry of Defence, UK Border Agency, Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sites and commercial organisations, in particular the gas and oil and pharmaceutical industries.

  1. Northamptonshire based PVC-u group awarded £46k in first R&D claim

Established in 1979, the company is one of the UK’s largest PVC-u and aluminium window, door, and conservatory manufacturers UK. They operate under three brands each serving a different client base. The group has a nationwide customer base including some of the UK’s leading housebuilders.

  1. Nottinghamshire based online car sales company receives £10k

Incorporated in 2009, the company was formed to fill the gap in the market where the general public could sell their car online (in)directly to car buying companies and from that idea introduced to the UK the concept of selling cars online. The main challenges that initially had to be overcome to get this concept to a workable and profitable level were related to the valuation process and its subsequent automation. These were ultimately overcome and the company started to make profit. Since then, many technical issues have arisen and the company has thus spent time and money trying to resolve them. The company was the first in the UK to introduce this concept and, for many years, was the leader in the market and ranked number one on all search engines despite the competition burgeoning as soon as this concept was offered to the public.

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