ABGI Group, an international leader in R&D tax incentives and innovation consulting, has launched its UK division.

Operating under the name of ABGI-UK, the firm will be based in Edinburgh with its focus on companies with 500+ employees.

With a heritage going back over 30 years, ABGI Group is the consulting division of Visiativ Group, a French listed company specialising in innovation and digital transformation which acquired UK firm Jumpstart in January.

ABGI-UK’s CEO Scott Henderson will continue with his current position as MD of ABGI-UK’s sister company Jumpstart. Other members of Jumpstart will also start to focus on the new division.

Henderson said: “The launch of ABGI-UK is an exciting step for ABGI Group. We are in a strong position to leverage our decades of experience and international footprint for the benefit of larger businesses across the UK.

“We also have the opportunity to work with Visiativ to explore the digitisation of our consulting business.”

The new UK operation will provide expert advice and support in a number of areas including R&D tax credit claims for larger companies which qualify under the Government’s RDEC scheme.

It will also support large British-based businesses with grant and subsidy management as well as innovation funding applications.

ABGI Group’s client list boasts both FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies. ABGI-UK is the latest addition to the group’s international portfolio which includes operations in France, US, Canada, Brazil and 15 other territories worldwide.

Its team is made up of more than 200 international experts – lawyers, scientists, engineers, finance professionals and tax advisers – who will work with their UK colleagues by providing expertise to support clients’ international requirements.

ABGI Group CEO Bruno Demortière stated: “We are delighted to bring the international heritage, experience and expertise of ABGI Group to the UK. Whatever happens over the next few weeks, the UK economy is facing uncertain times.

“ABGI-UK will support British businesses with their innovation funding challenges, and we are currently in the process of making plans to expand our team as we target growth across the UK.”