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Here’s an oddity: an accidental discovery that starts with one of today’s most likely contenders for R&D tax credit claims (chemical sciences) and ends with arguably one of the less likely qualifiers (textiles).

Vulcanized Rubber

Everyone deserves a bit of luck. An Charles Goodyear, he deserved more than most. A self-taught chemist and manufacturing engineer, he got one of those ideas in his head you just can’t shake.

Post-it Notes

It’s no secret that R&D can sometimes take a while to come to fruition, but if any proof were needed that persistence pays off, look no further than the humble office Post-it note.


Don’t you just hate interruptions? There you are – in the zone – working away, when you suddenly get sidetracked.

The myths around accessing R&D tax relief

Research and development (R&D) tax relief was introduced by the UK Government to encourage UK companies to invest in more innovation-focused projects and maintain the country’s position as a global leader in science and technology.

Raconteur – Future of Manufacturing 2019

That the future of manufacturing is digital is undeniable, but there remain questions around how best to digitise, and what is at stake if companies do not.

Self-healing materials

n the early 2000s, smart materials began to be developed which have the inherent ability to repair damage to themselves without intervention, just like skin, bone and living tissue would do.

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