£300k investment puts Cube on course to deliver £2m contract haul

Funding | Manufacturing | North East

Haines Watts has helped a leading manufacturing specialist make the investment in a state-of-the-art multi-axis CNC milling centre possible, helping it to deliver £2m of new orders.

Cube Precision Engineering, which can handle single op prototype tooling to complex multi-stage tooling suites, has spent £300,000 on a new MTE BF3200. This will boost capacity at its Rowley Regis facility and support development of low to medium volume work for clients involved in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

The company has used expert advice from national accountancy and business advisory firm Haines Watts to unlock R&D tax credit funding. That injection of funds has made the purchase of the new machine possible and the company is now planning on maximising the new capability to secure a record £5m year.

Andrew Jones, partner at Haines Watts, said: “Cube Precision Engineering is a great example of how we can release the potential of the management team to do what they do best.

“R&D Tax Credits can be a complicated process, so our job was simple…understand the business, simplify the process and make sure the management team was getting the most back for their efforts to improve the business. We reviewed previous claims and identified additional qualifying projects that they could claim for and these have resulted in the company having more money available to purchase the MTE BF3200.”

Neil Clifton, who started Cube Precision Engineering with engineer Phil Bannister in 2009, said: “It has been a real ‘roller coaster’ of a year, with a very slow January and February leading into one of the busiest periods in our history. In a good way, the quieter months at the start of the year helped us focus on new opportunities and that is now starting to pay off.

“We knew the sudden growth would cause a few production bottlenecks and that is why we have invested in the new CNC milling machine. When the machine is installed, it will give us an additional 15% capacity, provide larger milling capability and, importantly, is faster than previous models so will reduce cycle times.”

As an owner-managed business, Cube Precision turned to Haines Watts in 2016 to support its planned expansion, tapping into accountancy services and business advice to help it realise ambitious plans. The relationship has developed rapidly over the last three years, with Cube Precision using Haines Watts experts to create strategies on customer engagement, supplier management and boosting operational efficiencies.

More recently, Sophie Powell, who is part of the specialist R&D tax team at Haines Watts, has transformed the way the company recoups valuable funding for its Research and Development activities, simplifying the process so that it can maximise its returns.

Neil added: “We thought we were getting everything out of the system, but it wasn’t until Haines Watts got involved that we realised this wasn’t the case. Since then, we have received funding based on more than £1.7m of R&D spend and this financial assistance has played a big part in making the investment in the MTE a simple one.

“There has been lots of ‘off the clock’ support, time spent with us on developing systems that make life easier around key accountancy dates and, importantly, giving us access to its Owner Managed Business Network where we have met some great future contacts.”

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