Incentives are part of the landscape of investment strategy. Love them or loathe them, they are often a decisive factor in corporate decision-making. Economic development agencies have at their disposal a mix of grants and subsidies, preferential borrowings and credit, tax rebates and other nonfinancial incentives which might include access to clusters of supply chain partners.
When it comes to financial incentives, the US in recent years has led the way offering a broad range of incentives for both foreign and domestic companies, with some states having more than 30 programmes in play at once. For example, in 2018, the Indiana Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) handed out 224 financial packages to expanding companies, while the European Regional Development Fund recorded 151 deals. This large contrast between a state and continent is representative of how far Europe has lagged behind the US in the past.
Over the past year, Wavteq has seen an increase in European incentives, partly due to better transparency by European countries. Given this recorded increase and a recognized interest from clients, we will be releasing our Incentives Briefing: Uncovering Investment Incentive Trends & Insights from EU-27 in the coming weeks. The briefing will provide Wavteq's view on what is happening in Europe from an incentives point of view, and what the future could look like.
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