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THE ASSISTED AREAS of the UK
The ASSISTED AREAS of Great Britain are based upon a map drawn up and agreed with the European Commission. The latest map was formally approved by the European Commission on 20 December 2006. The map will run until 31st December 2013.
As can be seen the basis of the map is to provide Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas with Grant for Business Investment (GBI) (formerley Selective Finance for Investment in England - SFI) and Regional Selective Assistance grants (RSA) in Wales and Scotland.
Additionally agreement has now been reached whereby other areas of England, have available a lower level of GBI grant aid to assist Small and Medium companies. These areas are classified as Tier 3 (see tab England Tier 3), - there is a similar lower level grant scheme within the Single investment Fund (formerly known as AIG) for Welsh companies and IFG for Scottish companies (see tabs in the respective sections) covering those areas not applicable to RSA.
It should be noted however that Government Aid can be only be provided by these current grant schemes within the constricts set out the European Commission which among other constraints require a degree of proof that a project will not proceed without the requested grant aid.
Responsibility for delivery of the schemes in England for grants under £2M is that of the Regional Development Agencies for GBI grants with larger GBI applications having a direct involvement in the decision taking process by DBERR (over £2M).
In Wales, the Single Investment Fund (including the capital grants scheme elements - RSA and AIG, are administered by the Welsh Assembly Government (but not the WDA - a common misconception - and which is now defunct) from offices in Cardiff, Swansea for South Wales, and Colwyn Bay for North Wales areas. (see further detailed information under the Wales tab).
Scotland has its own variant schemes of RSA and the smaller grant, IFG scheme, both administered by the Scottish Executive. Again it should be noted that this is an Assembly Department directly under the auspices of the Scottish Parliament. (see further detailed information under the Scotland tab).