About the Association

SHAPA has been the UK's leading specialist Association for the solids handling and processing industry since its formation in 1981. Our support and assistance has allowed our members to maximise their profitability, whilst taking advantage of the many benefits afforded by the Association.

MPA Group





MPA Group helps clients accelerate their innovation and business expansion. They help companies to capitalise on their research, innovation and development activities by maximising all the potential benefits from available HMRC tax concessions.

MPA Group’s experienced industry specialists from the engineering and manufacturing sectors and tax experts focus on maximising client value with high quality client service delivery. Working with them, their clients have received more than £150m of financial benefits for their business using the R&D Tax Credits and Patent Box concessions.

Fund your business development

Innovation builds market leading positions. As the 9th largest manufacturing nation in the world, we can lead the UK’s efforts away from a reliance upon service industries to become a primary driver for economic growth. We’ve partnered with innovation funding specialist MPA Group to help your business capitalise on your innovative work, maximising profitability and releasing funds that can be reinvested into R&D activity.    

R&D Tax credits

You could reclaim up to 33% of your R&D expenditure. With 11 years’ experience in maximising R&D tax credit claims MPA Group have developed a process that guarantees a professional, well-planned and efficient claim, saving your business time and money. Their technical analysts experienced in manufacturing and engineering sectors can recognise areas of eligible activity, and along with tax specialists optimise your claim. On average SME’s receive £57,000 through the scheme. Calculate your benefit today.                                                                                                 

Patent Box Relief

Pay a reduced rate of Corporation Tax (10%) on worldwide profits generated from patented inventions. On average SME’s receive £55,000 though the scheme. Find out if you’re eligible.

Get in touch

If you are interested in finding out if this service could benefit your business, please call Tony Cassidy on 07732 604764 or email tony.cassidy@thempagroup.co.uk.