September 16, 2019
Nissan has received nearly £1bn in corporate welfare from the British government since 1984, including a £12m discount on land purchased for its factory in the early 1980s.
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Company Report: Nissan UK’s £800 Million Worth of Corporate Welfare

Nissan first invested in the UK in the early 1980s following protracted negotiations over the deal it could extract from the British government. Declassified memos from the Thatcher administration paint a picture of a company of skilled negotiators on the one hand, and a government desperate to win much-needed investment to [...]

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Airbus and the Corporate Welfare Gravy Plane!

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Outsourcing company Working Links ceases work

February 18, 2019

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Crime soars under outsourced probation service

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FTSE 100 companies get over half a billion in state support

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EU subsidies help James Dyson to farming profit

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Higher EU agricultural subsidies helped the farming business of Sir James Dyson to make a profit for the first time last year. Beeswax Dyson Farming generated a pre-tax profit of £747,000, compared to a loss…


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