The Innovative Partners team have extensive experience and industry specific knowledge to help you get the best funding solutions for your business.

Our History

Innovative Partners was founded by Andrew Marshall and Liam Hurley in 2019. They were tired of receiving poor service and low quality innovation funding support for their development companies, and they knew they could build an innovation funding consultancy that would make the process for UK companies simple and stress free whilst ensuring businesses receive the maximum benefit available to them. In 2022 Michael Davie joined the board, bringing with him a wealth of experience working with businesses to reach their innovation funding and strategic growth goals.

Innovative Partners’ streamlined process ensures submissions can be turned around in a matter of weeks and with minimal business disruption, allowing your team to be free to do what they do best whilst we take care of your funding needs. We also invest capital in some of our world leading tech clients and unique private businesses such as Elastik and ValStream.

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Why Work With us?

We do 90%

We appreciate how valuable your time is. Our successful methodology means we only ask for a few hours of your time to complete your submission.

Contingent Fee

There is nothing to pay us up-front. Our fee is only eligible when your benefit is approved.

HMRC Compliant

We remain up to date with HMRC guidelines and, should it be required, we defend our R&D tax relief claims free of charge.

Added Value

Our team of experts can maximise your benefit. On average we uplift previous submissions by 200%.

Real Time

We offer our clients real time assessment of eligibility and tracking of technical activities and expenses so you always know your progress.


We offer our clients visability of draft reports and a final copy prior to submission.

Get To Know Us Better

Andrew Marshall

Andrew is co-founder of Innovative Partners and is Chair of the Board. He is also involved in a number of other UK based businesses and charities.

Andrew is involved in finding and working closely with technology companies for Innovative Partners to invest in.

Liam Hurley

Liam is co-founder of Innovative Partners and has extensive experience in multiple business sectors from founding and running other companies. Liam oversees the Innovative Partners team on a day to day basis and works closely with our ongoing clients.

Michael Davie
Commercial Director

Michael has extensive experience in the R&D and business world working with small companies to leading brands in the FTSE 100 and has 9 years experience. He is a trusted point of contact to clients, accountants and partners.

Stuart Hurst

Stuart hurst
Financial director

Stuart is an award-winning accountant with 20 years of experience. He provides insight on monetary decisions, setting internal controls and budget management, and is key to helping with the company’s long term financial health and the exciting growth of the business. Stuart’s understanding of finances is invaluable with financial matters in some of our clients claims processes.

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Isla Rafferty
Head of Operations

Isla has a strong background in operations and logistics management. She seamlessly coordinates with clients, accountants and internal stakeholders to ensure the claims process is simple and stress free.


Prior to joining innovative Partners Bruce worked in the education sector, in various roes as a teacher and also Deputy Head. He is an excellent listener and communicator and his comprehensive understanding of available tax incentives and grants enables Innovative Partners to help even more UK companies.

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Connor has an engineering background and works with all our clients to create narratives that capture the focal points of their research to enable a successful claim.

Gosia Rybak

Gosia Rybak

Gosia is a seasoned accountant with 20 years of experience. Certified by the Association of Accounting Technicians, she holds a Licentiate Diploma in Marketing and Management of Financial Institutions. Gosia’s expertise in finance proves vital in handling financial matters within our clients’ claims processes.

Valeria Vacca
Technical Consultant

Valeria studied in bookkeeping and business management. She has extensive experience in corporate accounting across various sectors and supports the Innovative Partners team with our claims.


Caitlin hails from New Zealand, where she graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Communication. She skilfully manages media enquiries, digital marketing, and communications for Innovative Partners.