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Manchester Research & Development

Research and development is booming in the Manchester region and many companies don’t even know they can claim for it! 

First introduced in 2000, this government incentive allows innovative companies to claim a percentage of their costs spent on eligible research and development activity. Research and development is very exciting since companies are always working on developing brand new, bespoke products and services. Have a look at our R&D Calculator to help explain the benefits.

It doesn’t matter what sector you come from, as long as you’re conducting eligible activity then you will be able to claim back a portion of your costs. Manchester is an exciting area from which many great inventions originate, such as graphene as demonstrated by our affiliate partners Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre. 

Keep reading to find out more about exciting inventions that happened in Manchester. 

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Inventions From: Manchester


First passenger railway

The first passenger railway line was invented in Manchester in 1830, connecting Manchester and Liverpool. It was also the first to introduce a signalling system. The line relied solely on steam power.

First Graphene Engineered

It was in 2004, at the University of Manchester when graphene was isolated for the first time. We're proud to say that the Graphene Institute is now our proud affiliate partner.

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce, a famous luxury car manufacturer was established in Manchester in 1884. The first motor was manufactured in 1904. The two founders, Henry Royce and Charles Rolls met in the same year.
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1st Programmable Computer

The first programmable computer, "Baby", also called the Small-Scale Experimental Machine (SSEM), was built at the University of Manchester by Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn, and Geoff Tootill, and ran its first program on 21 June 1948

Dalton's atomic theory

John Dalton presented a paper to the Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society on 21 October 1803. Atomic Theory changed the face of science and ranks as the first instance of a Manchester event having worldwide conclusions.

First ever military submarine

The Rev George Garrett, a Moss Side vicar, founded the Submarine Navigation and Pneumataphore company at 56 Deansgate in 1878. His vessel, Resurgam, the first ever military submarine, was devised in his office in 1878.

First Competitive Football

William McGregor devised an ingenious new means of testing the best football teams in 1888. The forerunner of today’s multi-million pound Premiership, all comes from a meeting at the Royal Hotel, Manchester, on 17 April 1888.

Britain’s 1st canal

Britain’s first man-made waterway, was financed by Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater.The Duke soon realised he had enough coal to supply the needs of local towns, and the most important local town was Manchester.
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First Cotton Flying Shuttle

Crucial to the development of the cotton industry, in which Manchester led the world from the late 18th century until the Second World War. Before John Kay’s Fly Shuttle, workers threw the shuttle with their hands.

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