Leyton and Agri-EPI Centre supporting agri-tech companies to source financial incentivesLeyton and Agri-EPI Centre supporting agri-tech companies to source financial incentives

Agri-EPI Centre and Leyton

Connecting agri-tech innovators with financial incentives, grants and tax credits.

Supporting innovation and future growth

From farmers and suppliers through to engineers and technologists, thousands of innovative businesses in the agricultural sector are claiming financial incentives each year. This significant cashflow increases their ability to fund future projects and grow their business.

We have partnered with Leyton, the UK’s leading specialist innovation funding consultancy, who are  delighted to offer their expertise in government tax incentives to our network. Leyton’s team of in-house consultants have over a decade of experience working with food producers, processors and retailers across the UK to help them benefit from valuable schemes including R&D Tax Credits, Grants and Patent Box.

You can find out more about the incentives available to agri-tech businesses below, or contact Leyton directly using the contact form.

Agri-EPI Centre’s partnership with Leyton helps agri-tech innovators take their solutions to market.

Find out if your business could benefit from tax schemes and incentives

Innovative businesses are able to claim back up to 33% of the costs which relate to their research and development activities, such as the advancement of new or existing products or processes.

Examples of qualifying activity include:

  • Feed, trials to increase livestock production quality and/or quantity
  • Novel methods to reduce mortality rates and improve the health of animals
  • Trialling new varieties to improve yield or disease resistance in arable farming
  • Innovative use of technology – drones, sensors, scanners, software etc
  • Staff and subcontractor costs which are related to R&D activities

Claiming R&D Tax Credits

Claiming R&D tax credits for your agri-tech business is easy with Leyton and follows a simple four-step process:

  1. A comprehensive consultation process to discuss your eligibility, followed by a meeting either on-site, phone or video call.
  2. Detailed discovery process with our team of tax experts, uncovering all eligible R&D projects and associated costs.
  3. A technical and financial report that will be used to substantiate your R&D claim
  4. Delivery of the final R&D report and support in submitting your claim to HMRC.

Applying for agri-tech business grants

Leyton offers an end-to-end grant writing consultancy, supporting clients by managing the entire process including writing, editing, reviewing, and submitting high-calibre applications.

Our Process

Grant Scope- Understanding your business and project goals, to identify suitable funding and maximise grant success

Due Diligence – Applying sector specific expertise to verify project scope fulfils application criteria

Grant Development – Project managing the grant writing to streamline the application and strengthen the bid

Final Delivery – Internal review of the final submission package to ensure compliance and your satisfaction

Patent Box

The Patent Box Scheme allows qualifying companies to apply a reduced 10% rate of corporation tax on all profits relating to qualifying patents. Leyton provides an end-to-end consultancy service which identifies, maps and analyses patent tax relief opportunities. Patent Box will particularly benefit you if you receive patent royalties, well patented products or use patented processes as part of your business.

How to apply for the Patent Box Scheme

Leyton can review your current IP holding structures and patenting strategies, offering advice on:

  • Identifying qualifying patents
  • Liaising with patent attorneys to expedite patent applications or verify further opportunities
  • Reviewing or advising on implementing patenting and IP ownership policies
  • Mapping and quantifying relevant IP profit
  • Analysing transfer pricing arrangements
  • Negotiating with HMRC on qualifying conditions

In partnership with Leyton

Founded in 2009, Leyton, is the UK’s largest specialist innovation funding consultancy. To date, their teams of highly qualified tax and technical experts have helped thousands of businesses to successfully claim more than £880 million in tax relief. Leyton UK is part of the international Leyton Group, which has over 1,800 employees based across 34 offices in 12 countries.