Case Study
Howe Green

Howe Green are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fabricated metal access covers, was delighted when Fiscale provided them with easy access to R&D Tax Credit relief.

Research and Development Tax Credits case study for Howe Green

For over 35 years, Howe Green has built a reputation as a trusted partner and problem solver for clients in the building services sector. The company has invested in state of the art C.N.C. machinery, CAD software and a highly skilled workforce. This ensures that they can deliver the reliability and flexibility, that has become synonymous with the Howe Green name.

The Challenge

Howe Green were already aware of the R&D Tax Credit scheme, before meeting Fiscale, as they had submitted a claim some years ago. However, this didn’t result in a significant return on investment, leaving them decidedly “underwhelmed” by the whole process. Luckily, it didn’t take long for Fiscale to demonstrate why they’re the R&D Tax specialist.

Howe Green designs and manufactures access solutions that provide safe and easy access to services such as heating, ventilation, plumbing, electricity and data cables. Their premium quality floor, wall and ceiling access covers can be found in high profile buildings across the globe, including The British Museum and Buckingham Palace!

Howe Green works with architects, specifiers and building contractors. When these clients make contact, they are looking for innovative solutions that meet their specific needs. The capability of Howe Green to respond quickly, is crucial.

Howe Green deliver a range of standard sized access covers from stock. However the majority of orders are for bespoke covers. The challenge for Howe Green, under these circumstances, is to design and manufacture these “specials”, without time or cost penalty to the client.

The ability to respond quickly while using precision engineering, is what sets Howe Green apart. Retaining this competitive advantage would be impossible without significant and continued investment in staff, software and machinery.

The Results

It was actually one of our existing clients who recommended for Howe Green to get in touch with us. Following an initial “fact finding” meeting with our Technical Director, Stephen Bunting, we could see that they were probably going to be eligible for R&D Tax Credits.

Two further meetings took place, at which point we got to know their business extremely well, allowing us to identify all of the work that they were doing. This allowed us to prepare their report for HMRC, which Howe Green approved before submitting.

The Conclusion

Howe Green was very happy to receive a cheque from HMRC and was pleased at how painless the submission had been when working with the expert team at Fiscale.

Our first experience of R&D Tax Credits, several years ago, was not the best. We came away believing that the time gathering the information and submitting it to HMRC was simply not worth the return.

Having now worked with Fiscale, we now understand that the scheme is not as complex or cumbersome as we first believed. The level of knowledge that they have is very impressive. Stephen has the knack of translating HMRC jargon into plain English, which simplifies the whole process.

It took Stephen a while to convince us that what we do is Research and Development, as nearly every day we are developing products to solve problems for our clients. I guess having been so close to it for over 30 years, we just see product development as all in a day’s work!

Thanks to Fiscale, we are now starting to recognise the elements of our development work that are eligible for R&D Tax Credits. We are anticipating that future claims will be much higher and much easier to process, as a result of the systems and processes that we are starting to implement, from working with Fiscale.

Peter Centa, MD of Howe Green

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