About ela8

ela8 limited was established in 2007 by Gareth Edwards, a former Deloitte Director, R&D professional and entrepreneur. We work across all industry sectors, supporting software, pharmaceutical, engineering, construction, energy, telecoms and other businesses in maximising their R&D tax relief claims and streamlining their claims process.  We have a number of large international organisations who choose to use us for our personal approach, significant experience and because we are experts in this field. Our aspiration is to deliver UK R&D tax services with the high quality traditionally associated with specialists in a Big 4 firm, but with the more personal, responsive service associated with a smaller, more focused firm, and at a much lower cost. 

 

Our client’s priorities come first and this is the central pillar of how we work. We do business in a completely flexible, open and honest manner to ensure we integrate seamlessly with your business, and we take pride in delivering high quality outputs. We see our work as supporting you in developing your business, not just helping with your UK R&D tax  claims. We pride ourselves on bespoke service and work in partnership with our clients to understand their business and tailor our offering accordingly. We understand that this needs to be delivered with minimal disruption to business-as-usual and achieve this by using the time we get with technical and financial experts with utmost care. The proof of our approach is in our results: we have a 100% success record in making R&D claims and a portfolio of clients who use us year in, year out. 

Our Team

Mark
Davis
 
managing director
07810 071 769
mark.davis@ela8.co.uk
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Mark Davis

Managing Director

mark.davis@ela8.co.uk

07810 071 769

Mark has 20 years experience in Financial Services, having held senior roles in Risk, Compliance, HR, Operations, Strategy and Sales for a FTSE 100 company. Working closely alongside clients, he assists them in identifying and articulating their R&D activity to form the basis of their claim.

 

Holding an MBA, he understands the challenges faced by commercial organisations of all sizes, and as holder of an MSc in International Finance he brings deep insight into the financial mechanics of organisations and the challenges faced in R&D activity.

 

His experience in Financial Services has seen him work alongside thousands of organisations of all sizes and he works to ensure that his clients maximise the benefits they achieve from the services we offer.

Mark has 20 years experience in Financial Services, having held senior roles in Risk, Compliance, HR, Operations, Strategy and Sales for a FTSE 100 company. Working closely alongside clients, he assists them in identifying and articulating...more

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Teresa
Latch
 
director
07889 727 075
teresa.latch@ela8.co.uk
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Teresa Latch

Director

teresa.latch@ela8.co.uk

07889 727 075

 

 

Teresa has been involved in providing R&D tax relief services since the introduction of the UK regimes in 2000. 

 

She is largely responsible for the financial aspects of R&D claims, liaising with client finance, payroll and HR teams to access the data required to quantify a claim. 

 

Central to this is understanding the information that is readily available within the client’s existing systems and developing a claim approach appropriate to the circumstances.

 

Teresa works with clients across a range of industries, including construction, pharma, engineering and telecommunications. She is a Batchelor of Laws , formerly working within the Deloitte R&D Tax Services group.  

Teresa has been involved in providing R&D tax relief services since the introduction of the UK regimes in 2000.  She is largely responsible for the financial aspects of R&D claims, liaising with client finance, payroll and HR teams to...more

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Gareth
Edwards
 
founder
07901 725 675
gareth.edwards@ela8.co.uk
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Gareth Edwards

Founder

gareth.edwards@ela8.co.uk

07901 725 675

 

 

Gareth’s background is as an R&D professional and entrepreneur. His experience, interest and insight into technology means that he is able to understand the technological challenges faced by clients. Gareth talks to the technical personnel within the business to extract from them the scope and basis for the R&D claims and to assist in presenting this to HMRC. Gareth has over 25 years experience of active R&D, gained in a wide range of industries but specialising mostly in software, microelectronics,  telecommunications and medical physics.

 

During his earlier career he held a number of senior R&D posts for major international companies and ran his own SME hi-tech development and manufacturing company. He holds an MA from Cambridge University, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Gareth’s background is as an R&D professional and entrepreneur. His experience, interest and insight into technology means that he is able to understand the technological challenges faced by clients. Gareth talks to the....more

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Helen
Willingale
 
business support
07713 635 874
helen.willingale@ela8.co.uk
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Helen Willingale

Business Support

helen.willingale@ela8.co.uk

07713 635 874

 

Helen provides business support to the ela8 team, being responsible for all aspects of administration as well as business development support, and finance activities. Her previous roles include secretarial and high level PA positions in the telecomms and IT outsourcing sectors.  

 

Since having children, Helen has also worked in the education sector, providing support to the largest volunteer sector in the country as a Clerk to the Governors at a number of schools. In this role, Helen has been responsible for providing advice to governing bodies on relevant legislation and regulations as well as advising on constitutional and procedural matters.  

Helen provides business support to the ela8 team, being responsible for all aspects of administration as well as business development support, and finance activities. Her previous roles include secretarial and high level PA...more

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Deepash Patel
 
R&D Tax Credit Consultant
07470 625 623
deepash.patel@ela8.co.uk
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Deepash Patel

R&D Tax Credit Consultant

deepash.patel@ela8.co.uk

07470 625 623

 

Deepash is a qualified tax lawyer and, having accrued considerable experience in private practice as a solicitor and tax adviser, currently advises clients in respect of their R&D tax relief claims. Deepash works closely with businesses to assess the nature of their research and development programs, evaluate their potential claims and maximise available reliefs.

 

With a Masters Degree inn Engineering and Computer Science, Deepash has an excellent understanding of the key technological challenges that clients may face and overcome and uses this broad practical knowledge and experience to convey these complex issues accurately and succinctly to HMRC in preparing documentation in support of their R&D relief claims.

Deepash is also key to ela8’s marketing strategy and development, closely monitoring new and trending sectors to support and build relationships with businesses that promote original ideas and innovative technologies.

 

Deepash is a qualified tax lawyer and, having accrued considerable experience in private practice as a solicitor and tax adviser, currently advises clients in respect of their R&D tax relief claims. Deepash works closely with businesses to assess the nature of their research and development programs, evaluate their potential claims and maximise available reliefs...more

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Charlotte Maskell
 
R&D Tax Consultant
07428 537 725
charlotte.maskell@ela8.co.uk

Charlotte Maskell

R&D Tax Consultant

charlotte.maskell@ela8.co.uk

07428 537 725

 

Charlotte has joined the ela8 team, providing support for the financial aspect of R&D claims, liaising with client finance, payroll and HR teams to access the data required to quantify a claim. 

 

Charlotte background of 20+ years in the pension industry means she is fully aware of the need for legislation and regulatory controls. 

 

Her attention for detail ensures that no stone is left unturned and clients achieve the maximum possible benefit they can receive. 

  

 

Charlotte has joined the ela8 team, providing support for the financial aspect of R&D claims, liaising with client finance, payroll and HR teams to access the data required to quantify a claim. 
Charlotte background of 20+ years in the pension industry means she is

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