Esterchem Limited

Esterchem are a chemical manufacturing company with one of the largest state-of-the-art Ester production plants in Europe. Founded in 1998, their operations include Production, Quality, Supply, Research and Technical support, offering customers high-quality esters using the latest technology.

About The Claim

Esterchem were already claiming R&D Tax Credits prior to engaging Cowgills. They approached us to review their historic claims to ensure they were maximising their entitlement.

On visiting with the client, our team of R&D tax credit experts quickly realised that there were a number of additional opportunities that had not previously been explored.

Additionally, the company was continuing to make technical advancements that were likely to fall within the R&D remit, particularly with internal engineering and capital works.

What We Did

We have now prepared claims in relation to a variety of innovative projects involving the manufacturing of new ester (chemical compound) combinations which are developed to allow Esterchem to operate in new markets.

Following several site visits, we collated new data to identify relevant areas of qualifying projects that had not been considered during previous R&D tax credit claims.

We evaluated the utility costs, all relevant capital expenditure and staff costs to determine whether they should be categorised as engineering or lab and production and could be factored into the claim.

As a result of this work, the average benefit of the company’s claims totalled £150k over the past four years.


R&D tax relief claims for 2017*:

Total Claimed £3.5bn
Average Claim Value £53,786
*HMRC statistics

What the Client Said…

“We had previously claimed some R&D Tax Credits using an external consultant but contacted Cowgills for an independent view.

They identified several new opportunities for us to maximise our claim for R&D Tax Credits across the business which has supported our business growth. We have worked closely with them for the past few years and, as a result, they have saved us approximately £150k in R&D Tax Relief.”

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