As the world of technology grows, the dependency on software increases.

Today, it is very difficult to picture a successful business without software engineering and to do so, developers are required to create multifunctional technology that enables growth and integration. The R&D scheme allows hard work to be noticed by identifying the endeavours to overcome technical uncertainties faced when developing software.

The software industry is known to be growing twice as fast, with software designers and developers constantly demonstrating their efforts to create and implement new software, or further develop existing software.

Individuals within the software industry often classify themselves as unqualifiable due to the nature of their work as developers, however, further enhancing an individual’s knowledge using constant efforts to overcome constraints and challenges is considered to be the main reason why HMRC reward such individuals for their work.

Qualifying Activities

The novel and appreciable enhancements to:

  • API development: designing and implementing API’s which allow capabilities to be used between programs.
  • Web Development: the application and implementation of sophisticated web technologies and API’s in order to create a website, ranging from simple web pages to online retail websites.
  • Mobile App Development: the creation and implementation of applications that run on mobile devices including games, social media, banking.
  • Back-end Development: the development of a server, an application, and a database using a variety of programming languages and architecture.
  • Software tool development: the development of innovative building tools that allows software developers to test their models on.
  • Cloud computing: the development and maintenance of on-demand data storage and retrieval without direct management of users whilst ensuring data governance and security is in place.

Typical Claim

The annual amount claimed in Software Development is currently estimated at £385 million, within an estimate of only 10% of UK firms within the industry claiming.

An average SME operating within the sector can claim in excess of £50,000, with its large companies claiming for over £350,000.

What our clients have to say

It was a pleasure working with the guys at Bonham & Brook, especially considering that, with the wealth of knowledge backed up with the expertise of an ex HMRC officer, we had confidence going ahead with a claim for the first time. After successfully receiving a substantial refund, we would not hesitate doing another claim and, it goes without saying, Bonham & Brook will be our preferred partners going forward. Thank you, again.

Chris Strik

Managing Director

We worked with the team at Bonham & Brook on the R&D claim that we were unaware of. To our surprise they made the whole process seamless and we received our refund from HMRC. We will definitely be using B&B again for our R&D claim to help us grow our business.

Chetan Patel


At first I believed that R&D tax credits were a little too good to be true or that my company would not be applicable. Jenson, Hannad and the team's expertise and experience reassured and guided me through the process. I had to put in approx. 1 - 2 hours work and they did the rest of the application. The first time we worked together they were able to claim for the previous 2 years, so we received a bumper double rebate. This money has helped us grow the business by having the cash to grow the team and increase our marketing budget. My business has grown thanks to their work, so I am eternally grateful.

Ryan James

Managing & Creative Director

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