Nick Biden, Owner of R&D Tax North West Ltd

“I founded R&D Tax North West Ltd in 2011. Over the years, I’ve helped businesses to identify over £250m of eligible R&D activity, claiming under both the RDEC (formerly Large Company) and SME regimes.

I’m a chartered mechanical engineer, who gained 28 years of engineering experience and technical knowledge prior to setting up my business. Due to my expertise, I have an intuitive ability to understand a project and can relate to almost any technological challenge.

I first became involved with R&D Tax Credits when preparing my past employer’s R&D Tax Relief submission, who I still support. I was then approached by a survey company, who were developing augmented reality tools and immersive walkthroughs. At this point, I began helping other companies with their R&D Tax Credit submissions.

I also have 28 years’ experience within the water, nuclear, power and process industries. Working in the UK and abroad, I have covered project management, consultancy, design, specification, construction and commissioning.”

Industrial Engineering

Working as both project manager and lead mechanical engineer, my projects ranged from refinery effluent treatment to fine chemical offloading. Covering the full range of engineering services, Nick gained specialist experience in:

  • Plant performance review
  • Needs identification
  • Front end engineering
  • Detailed design and implementation

Nick has a detailed understanding when it comes to working with client design standards and project approval processes. He’s designed safety improvement considerations for operational plants with minimal disruption to operations.

Water Industry

At home and abroad, Nick has worked as a Principal Mechanical Engineer on PFI and BOOT clean water and sewage treatment projects and proposals, which involved:

  • Asset surveys
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Contract preparation
  • Estimating of capital and operating costs
  • Outline and detail design

Closer to home, Nick has delivered design and feasibility work for a number of UK water authorities through AMP2 to AMP5. These companies include Northumbrian, Southern, Severn Trent and United Utilities. Nick gained experience in the design and specification of water and wastewater equipment and processes. This included raw water abstraction, filtration, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, inlet works, primary and secondary settlement, biological processes, chemical dosing and sludge handling.

Renewable Energy

Nick has completed a number of feasibility and FEED studies for major clients, including Northumbrian Water, Energy Technology Support Unit (now part of AEA Technology plc) and the MOD. He has investigated opportunities for introducing CHP into a variety of Naval establishments, assessed small-scale hydro schemes and reviewed MSW incinerator achievable output. For the power plant, he also worked on the development of a standard specification.

Typically, these projects included:

  • Energy audits
  • Review of achievable output
  • Financial modelling

Previously, Nick worked for National Grid on the technical development and improvement of both Dinorwic and Ffestiniog power stations. He also supported the Marine Energy Challenge, run by the Carbon Trust, by writing articles on Tidal Stream and the challenges of Offshore Operation and Maintenance.



Nick also has extensive experience working on nuclear projects, which includes:

  • Project management of the specification, design and installation of precision equipment in a suite of high-integrity, experimental containments for a Ministry of Defence research laboratory
  • Design and commissioning of the mechanical handling plant and ventilation systems for the irradiated fuel disposal cells at a number of UK nuclear power stations.