November 29, 2020
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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FTSE 100 companies get over half a billion in state support

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FTSE 100 companies received £583,854,691 in government subsidies, according to research carried out by Corporate Welfare Watch. The Government’s bank bailout meant that the financial sector received the most subsidies. Away from banking, notable recipients […]

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Did you know that the Top 10 recipients of corporate welfare in England received 80 percent of all funds distributed within the region between 2004 and 2017, according to our Corporate Welfare Database? It’s worth […]

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EU subsidies help James Dyson to farming profit

October 4, 2018

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 […]