Companies arm twisting Westminster on ‘growth fund’?

How many times have we heard big private sector companies threaten to pull out if they don’t get Government goodies. Aviva, after throwing shapes at making itself in Ireland is now in the throws of moving back to the UK (with cost many jobs). But Jim Pickard highlights some digging Sunny Hundal’s been doing over at Liberal Conspiracy on some pretty heavy duty lobbying over Cameron’s new loan scheme. For instance:

CQME, a Chinese technology company, has suggested it could make its British subsidiary, Holroyd Precision, the base for its European headquarters.

But if the Rochdale company did not get a £2.8m grant from the RGF, it wrote, this could damage its expansion in this country.

Read more from Paul Cotterill at Liberal Conspiracy

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