Skip to main content

Government support to business

The support that government extends to businesses and industries is substantial and complex, including loans, grants, tax reliefs, training and business advice. Delivering this support is spread across central government departments and local bodies. The European Union provides support to UK businesses of around £3 billion a year.

The study will review a sample of BEIS-administered business support schemes that aim to increase performance, productivity or investment in business. For each scheme we will assess whether BEIS has adopted a robust control environment in its support schemes, looking at how the schemes have been managed, from the design and rationale, through to awarding of support, and the monitoring and evaluation of scheme performance. We will also assess to what extent other parts of government, particularly HM Treasury, have played a role in the management of schemes.

If you would like to provide evidence for our study, please email the study team on enquiries@nao.org.uk putting the study title (Government support to business) in the subject line. The team will consider the evidence you provide; however, please note that due to the volume of information we receive we may not respond to you directly. If you need to raise a concern please use our contact form.