R&D Tax North West Ltd is owned by Nick Biden

Nick is an experienced chartered mechanical engineer with extensive technical knowledge and proven ability in managing both single and multi-discipline teams.

He has twenty-six years’ experience within the water, nuclear, power and process industries covering project management, consultancy, design, specification, construction and commissioning both in the UK and abroad.

It is now eight years since Nick became involved with the preparation of his then employer’s R&D Tax Relief submission, which he continues to support. He has now been involved with claims that have identified almost £100m of eligible activity and provided supporting documentation to a variety of clients claiming under both the Large Company (now RDEC) and SME regimes.

Industrial Engineering

Working as both project manager and lead mechanical engineer on projects ranging from refinery effluent treatment to fine chemical offloading. These projects have covered the full range of engineering services from plant performance review and needs identification, through Front End Engineering through to detailed design and implementation. In all cases this has required understanding and working with Client design standards and supporting the Client’s project approval process. As a consequence of designing improvements to operational plant consideration of safe implementation and a minimum of disruption to operations is a key requirement.

Water Industry

Nick has experience of working as a Principal Mechanical Engineer on PFI and BOOT clean water and sewage treatment projects and proposals both at home and abroad. This has involved asset surveys, due diligence investigations, contract preparation, estimating of capital and operating costs as well as outline and detail design. Closer to home Nick has delivered design and feasibility work for a number of the UK water authorities through AMP2 to AMP5 including Northumbrian, Southern, Severn Trent and United Utilities. Experience covers the design and specification of water and wastewater equipment including raw water abstraction, filtration, reverse osmosis, ion exchange, inlet works, primary and secondary settlement, biological process, 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. These have included investigating opportunities for introducing CHP into a variety of Naval establishments, assessment of small scale hydro schemes and review of MSW incinerator achievable output, including development of a standard specification for the power plant. Typically, these included energy audits, review of achievable output and financial modelling. Previously Nick has 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.


Projects have ranged from the 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 to the 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. 

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