Project Info

Based in Derby, A.P.A Design Consultants ltd are one of the world leaders of engineering concept and design work for construction and rail industries. With the aim of rewarding innovation, randd uk submit R&D tax credits claims to HMRC on behalf of UK businesses that are undergoing qualifying research and development activities.

Since 1992, Derby-based A.P.A Design Consultants ltd (APA) have developed a strong reputation for delivering high quality engineering concept work for the transport industries. Chris Cuff and Gordon McNaboe formed a partnership to build APA into the outstanding consultancy it is today, working with high profile clients such as Bombardier and JCB to offer a range of quality design services.

An expert team support clients, mainly within the transport industry sectors, with specialist services such as concept design, engineering design, project management, manufacturing drawings, structural analysis and more. Their flexible approach means they can undertake complete project packages or place individuals within existing engineering teams to support clients when required.

 

“We’ve been operating approximately 25 years working in the rail and construction industries. We undertake concept work… whereby we’ll take their CAD model or generate our own CAD model concept and develop it as a design all the way through to detail manufacture, prototyping and first build.”

Gordon McNaboe, Managing Director at A.P.A Design Consultants ltd

 

The experienced team consists of industrial designers, engineers, structural analysts, mechanical and electrical engineers with senior knowledge and experience within the design engineering environment. Ensuring quality and innovation throughout the product development cycle, the combined expertise of partners Chris Cuff and Gordon McNaboe is utilised across the company’s portfolio of projects.

With the aim of building long term relationships with clients, APA adopts a proactive approach to innovation and new product development in order to meet and exceed customer expectations. For example, APA: manages the challenges of satisfying quality, cost, timescale, quantities, process suitability and serviceability; clarifies and advances the definitions of the man/machine interface; undertakes ergonomic evaluation within structural and packaging constraints; utilises CAD (Computer Aided Design) modelling and FEA (Finite Element Analysis) to simulate, evaluate and generate solutions; and produces and guides the production of prototypes using rapid and conventional means.

A.P.A Design Consultants ltd are increasingly recognised as a world-leading provider of engineering concept and design work in the rail and construction industries. This highly skilled team go the extra mile to produce bespoke solutions through research and development. To find out more about their services or to get a quote, visit their website at www.apadesign.co.uk.

The company has undertaken a large amount of research and development work, finding bespoke solutions to meet client needs. randd uk are able to reward UK companies that are carrying out eligible research and development activities with R&D tax credits. Gordon McNaboe, Managing Director at A.P.A Design Consultants explained that “as part of the design process we undertake a lot of R&D work… we were introduced [to randd uk] by a local company called Datum. randd made it very easy for us to get involved.”

Striving to make claiming R&D tax credits as quick and easy as possible, randd uk have a simple process to maximise your Reality Cheque. As Gordon explains, “[randd uk] came to us for a meeting and gave us a clear path to follow.” Business owners and decision makers are often extremely busy and have little or no spare time. Therefore randd uk strive to make the process easy and straightforward as possible, even from the first meeting an R&D Consultant will instantly recognise eligible research and development activities that qualify for R&D tax credits.

 

“In a short and informal meeting with randd, they will identify if you could make a valid claim, and leave the rest to them.”

Gordon McNaboe, Managing Director at A.P.A Design Consultants ltd

 

Time is money, as they say. Finding time to claim R&D tax credits through randd uk will result in you receiving a Reality Cheque. APA found time year after year, completing “a series of claims over five years, making a total claim of around £100,000 over the five year period”. Gordon continued, “on receiving our first application, it really delighted us and enabled us to follow on for the next five years. That in itself brought on a new generation of young designers, enabled us to train them up and develop them in the process we’re in now.”

Previous successful R&D tax credits have enabled APA to strengthen the business through recruiting new talent, investing in resources and upgrading design software. This has increased the company’s ability to carry out more research and development work, pushing technological breakthroughs and undertaking larger projects.

 

“I strongly recommend any company who conducts any sort of research and development to explore the possibility of making an R&D tax credit claim.”

Gordon McNaboe, Managing Director at A.P.A Design Consultants ltd

 

Read more about randd uk and the R&D Tax Relief scheme on our website at www.randduk.com. You can read more case studies of UK businesses like A.P.A Design Consultants ltd on our ‘Client Stories’ page which covers a range of industries. To find out if your business is eligible to claim R&D tax credits for qualifying research & development work, call us on 01332 477 070 or email info@randduk.com.

 

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Company:

A.P.A Design Consultants ltd

R&D tax credits benefits:

  • Recruit new talent
  • Invest in resources
  • Upgrade design software

Company website:

www.apadesign.co.uk

I strongly recommend any company who conducts any sort of research and development to explore the possibility of making an R&D tax credit claim.

Gordon McNaboe | Managing Director

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Call randd uk on 01332 477 070 to find out how your business can benefit from R&D tax credits.

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