Our story

The pain

Adam
Back in 2013 Claimer's Co-founder, Adam, was running a tech-focused media company and was recommended a R&D consultancy. The consultant's website had lots of stock images of happy people and promises of high success rates, but no pricing. 

So he called them. After an hour introduction, he negotiated them down from 25% to 20% of the claim's value, but had to commit to 2 years. After signing the contract, he was looking forward to them taking care of everything.

But the whole process was admin heavy and time consuming. Despite having the company's financial data in Xero, the team spent hours messing around with large spreadsheet templates, alongside countless emails and phone calls. The company's lead engineer, who was on an eye-watering salary, ended up spending a day of his time on calls and filling in Word documents.

After 5 weeks of getting everything together, and chasing the consultancy a few times, the claim was finally submitted. Everyone was pleased when the money came in, but it had been a huge coordinated effort - with a huge bill to go alongside it.
Adam

Fixing a broken industry

After having sold the media company, Adam wanted a fresh challenge. Unbelievably, he found that the R&D tax relief industry had not changed at all. In fact it was even worse, with spammy ambulance-chaser style sales tactics, 5 year lock-in contracts, and massive uncapped fees. 

It was time to fix it. The mission was simple: make claiming R&D tax credits quick, simple, and inexpensive. As a software engineer, Adam knew that the current process could be drastically improved with technology - both for the client and provider.

Having built Claimer's MVP, Adam demoed it to some startups in a local accelerator. They loved it and become customers instantly, recommending Claimer to other long-suffering startups. With customer numbers multiplying, he teamed up with his fantastically talented friend Andrew, who had run engineering teams at eBay and was now working with startups. With the help of R&D tax credits guru Ben, the team got to work on designing a scalable version of the service.
Claimer's war room in 2019, after a late night of brainstorming.
The team locked themselves in a room and worked out the optimal flows and complex edge cases for a better R&D claims process. Finally, after a gruelling few weeks, the team had done it - a design that would reduce the time and cost of producing claims by a factor of 10.

Claimer was born! 

Claimer today

In just the last 18 months, more than 300 businesses have trusted us with their R&D claims, recovering millions of pounds of R&D relief. The company is growing fast, but we still have a long way to go to fix the industry.

We're a member of HMRC's R&D Consultative Committee and continue to consult with ex-HMRC tax inspectors as we invest heavily to improve Claimer's service and technology. Naturally, we use our own service to claim R&D relief on that investment!

The company is backed by some prominent venture capital and angel investors, and our talented team of tax, technical, and engineering experts continues to expand.

Claimer has ambitious plans for the future - why not join us?
Bhavin
Bhavin
Senior Engineer
David
David
Senior Engineer
Marco
Marco
Frontend Engineer
Suren
Suren
Senior Engineer
Alaa
Alaa
Senior Tax Specialist
Andrew
Andrew
CTO & Co-founder
Greg
Greg
Business Development
Georgia
Georgia
R&D Claims Director
Jack
Jack
Senior Frontend Engineer
Adam
Adam
CEO & Co-founder
Konstantinos
Konstantinos
R&D Tech Specialist

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Claimer is a fast-growing startup on a mission to remove the hassle from claiming R&D tax relief. Reckon you can help?
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