Leyton opens new office in San Francisco to capitalise on phenomenal scale of Silicon Valley R&D activity

Global innovation funding consultancy Leyton has announced the opening of a new office in San Francisco. This expansion is in response to growing demand for expertise in research & development tax relief (R&D) and the phenomenal scale of R&D activity in the Silicon Valley area. Based in the financial district on Montgomery Street, San Francisco joins Boston as the second office serving the US market.

Founded in 1997, Leyton has grown from a small consulting firm, into one of the world’s largest innovation funding specialists. With 27 offices in 11 countries, Leyton’s expert teams are dedicated to maximising clients’ innovation potential and helping them to improve their global performance. The firm’s particular speciality is helping organisations unlock maximum value from R&D tax credits and subsidies.

Leyton’s specialist teams offer a mix of highly qualified tax experts and sector specialists who understand the challenges in their clients’ businesses. In the US, the firm’s specific expertise is in the optimisation of Federal and State Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits. The sectors Leyton will be targeting from the San Francisco office are of broad scope, however there is specific interest in Software and Tech, a variety of scientific fields and a number of verticals within the engineering sector.

The Acting General Manager of the new office is David Kent, who also remains Head of Leyton’s Scottish business. The firm is recruiting a full-time position to look after the West Coast business. There are 11 staff in the office employed across sales and consulting, with a target of 30 by the end of March 2020. According to David Kent: “Silicon Valley is the epicentre of world-wide tech development and Leyton is a global leader in the funding of innovation. Opening in San Francisco is a natural evolutionary step for the Leyton business and we are excited to support continued R&D activity in California and beyond.”