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R&D: Repairs and Cleaning Industry

The cleaning industry within the UK is on the rise. During 2021, 1 in 3 households within the UK employed a cleaner, boosting the number of cleaners employed in the UK to around 1.5million. This figure incorporates those employed in non-core cleaning services, such as hospitality staff and cabin crews, who clean as part of their job. Whilst cleaning may not be the sole focus of their jobs, innovative practises within the cleaning sector would still help them in their day-to-day work experience.

The repair industry is similar to the cleaning industry, in that there are many professions in which repair and maintenance is required on a daily basis. Companies that are required to conduct repairs may not be strictly associated solely with repairs but would still benefit from advances upon existing processes in the industry.

What are the Cleaning and Repair sectors?

The cleaning industry provides a vital service to the economy, ensuring that our workplaces, hospitals, schools, transport, and public spaces are clean and pleasant to use. The industry continues to grow, with a reported 66,420 businesses operating in 2020, up from nearly 60,000 in 2016. The R&D potential is significant, with advancements in technology being one area where cleaning services can become more efficient.

The repair industry focuses on the repair and restoration of machinery, equipment, and other products to working order. The repair industry also offers maintenance services to both domestic and commercial groups such as construction and mechanics. Those employed within the sector are often self-employed, however can also be hired by companies within other industries as and when they are required.

What is R&D within the Cleaning and Repair sectors?

The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the importance of the cleaning industry to everyday life, with a huge increase in demand for cleaning services in public spaces in order to combat the spread of the pandemic. As seen within other industries, rising demand often coincides with an increase of R&D, with innovations required to help the industry keep up with demand. Here are some examples of areas within the cleaning industry that R&D has influenced:

  • Automated cleaning products such as hoovers
  • Environmentally friendly products
  • Hands free technology such as smart dispensers

Similar innovations have helped advance the repair sector. As increasing complex advancements occur within other sectors, the ability to perform maintenance and repair work on these systems is pivotal. Finding solutions that are efficient and cost-effective are one of the key focuses when planning R&D projects within the repair industry. Here are some examples of how R&D has impacted the sector:

  • Implementing technology into products that can detect health of systems in order to ease maintenance procedures
  • Ability to repair vital systems whilst maintaining and not disruption operation
  • Use of remote-controlled tools to repair goods and services not normally accessible by a human

How R&D tax credits can help your Cleaning or Repair company

There are many benefits to be gained from the R&D tax credit scheme, however you may be curious about how your own company can be eligible. 

There are many stages throughout an R&D project, which each involve varied activities that may or may not be eligible towards your claim. Some expenditure within projects that are eligible for tax relief include:

  • Building and testing of prototype models that contribute to the final product, such as test version of software systems
  • Salaries of staff who directly worked on the project, such as technical design staff
  • Any training costs for staff required to work on the project

Whether your company is big or small, the benefits can be significant. The tax credits can help make future R&D projects become more affordable, whilst providing a budget boost to be used in other areas, such as the hiring of staff that can help grow your future.

The next step

Our team at Kirby and Haslam are specialists when it comes to R&D tax relief. If you feel like your company could be eligible for R&D tax credits, then do not hesitate to enquire – our team of experts will help you along every stage in the process. 

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