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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. Currently, the European Union provides around £4 billion in funding to some forms of business support.

The study will examine whether government support to business is value for money. This will include looking at: government’s spending on support schemes for businesses and industry; whether specific forms of targeted assistance from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy are delivering intended results; and whether government is managing business support schemes effectively.

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.