Examples of eligible R&D activities
- Creating or developing new textiles, fabrics, materials or production processes
- Trialling and developing methods of producing clothing
- Altering an existing fabric for a new purpose
- Developing clothing, textile or fabrics that respond to extreme temperatures
- Adapting to changes in legislation or industry requirements for protective clothing
- Experimenting with material combinations never used in the industry before
- Responding to quality and other demands from the fashion industry
Case Study: Tweed Weavers
A Carlisle-based tweed weaver has claimed £274,000 in R&D tax credits over six years with the latest addition of over £66,000. The well-established company design and manufacture innovative fabrics for the women’s fashion industry. Trialling combinations of multiple yarns with hugely differing characteristics such as manufacturing process, dyeing or washing shows innovative thinking.
An experienced workforce with unique skillsets undertake trial & error and problem solving with the aim of reducing costs, enhancing quality and improving sustainability. Previous R&D Tax Credits have enabled the tweed weavers to become ever more innovative and more likely to invest in newer capital equipment to help them remain as world leaders in specialist fabrics.