Aberla Group

Client: Aberla Group

Sector: Energy

Geographic location: Warrington, Cheshire

Qualifying R&D expenditure identified: £266,960

This included costs for:

  • Staff salaries
  • Consumables

Tax benefit claimed: £89,031

The Company

Aberla is an infrastructure and energy specialist based in the North West of England and operating throughout the UK.

Its business is split across three divisions – Aberla M&E, Aberla Energy and Aberla Utilities. With projects typically amounting to several £m in revenue, Aberla M&E specialises in mechanical and electrical installations on behalf of principal construction contractors on large infrastructure projects. Its energy division’s remit is to deliver design, consultancy and installation of renewable energy solutions, while its recently launched utilities business offers design, survey and installation services to providers of fibre broadband to domestic and commercial properties across the UK.

The company’s annual turnover is c.£20m per annum, though the company is on a significant growth curve and expects to record a turnover of £35m in 2022.

The Solution

Having been appointed to complete Aberla’s end of year accounts, Corporation Tax returns and payroll services several years ago, we were engaged to complete an R&D tax relief claim for the 2020 financial year.

After partnering to gain a comprehensive picture of the business’ different projects, and which would qualify for the relief, we identified more than £260,000 of R&D expenditure through staff salaries and consumables and were able to claim back almost £90,000 in tax credits. This tax refund has provided the company with start-up capital for the new fibre operation in the Utilities division, as well as additional working capital.

“Having the expertise of Champion’s R&D team on hand was valuable, as they were able to extract the right information from us and identify areas of our work that were eligible for relief which we hadn’t originally considered. I would recommend Champion to anyone else looking to unlock capital through R&D tax credits.”

Andrew Riley, finance director at Aberla Group