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  • 21st June 2022
  • By Mark
  • 5 min read

RDS Fifth Birthday

We recently celebrated our fifth birthday here at RDS and it was wonderful to get together with those who have helped make our first five years in business so successful.

When these milestones occur, it’s extremely rewarding to look back on how far we’ve come. We’re incredibly proud of how much we’ve managed to achieve in a short space of time and feel grateful that we have the opportunity to work with so many brilliant clients and partners. Thank you to everyone for being part of our journey!

For this special ‘birthday’, we celebrated with a BBQ and family day at our offices in Altrincham. We’re firm believers in the idea that it’s not a party without a cake, and on this occasion, it was no ordinary cake. We brought in one of the UK’s most revered cake designers, Dawn Butler of Dinkydoodle Cake Designs, whose most recent commission prior to this event was for the Queen herself, to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

She helped us to create the world's lightest sponge cake, a homage to the innovation and awe-inspiring feats that our clients regularly achieve. It was so light and airy, in fact, that it floated five inches above the table! The cake took centre stage where it wowed and baffled our guests in equal measure.

The cake was a true reflection of RDS as a business that helps UK companies to continually push boundaries through research and development. We assist people to navigate the HMRC tax incentive, a government-backed schemed that stimulates the economy by rewarding companies for novel, original products and services - just like our birthday cake!

“You could also say that as a business, RDS has also achieved some real-life miracles too. We’ve gone from strength to strength. Having started in a two-man office five years ago, we now reside in a converted spa over 2000 sq. ft. and employ 17 people, with the team growing on a monthly basis. We have over 500 clients and 200 partners.

“Over the past five years, we’ve signed off 1114 claims, the biggest sum that a company received back through the scheme was over £440,000 in September 2020.

“And in that time, we’ve also helped businesses to re-invest over £30,000,000 during some of the toughest financial times we’ve ever seen as a country. I still can’t tell you how Dawn has managed to make a cake float though”, he joked.

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