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Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: Payment of RSA is usually paid in instalments and only after capital expenditure and job targets are met. Before final grant payment, claims confirming achievement of targets certified by an accountant independent from the company are required.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: There is no strict legal definition of the term "phoenix companies". Each application for RSA is assessed on its own merits, against all of the scheme criteria. In assessing applications we consider a range of information including the background experience of key personnel.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: We do not maintain records of this type.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: The only company of which I am aware which has received Regional Selective Assistance grant and which has been referred to the Department of Trade and Industry’s Companies Investigations Branch is Simclar (Ayrshire) Limited, in administration. The administrators have a duty under the Company Directors Disqualification Act to report to the Insolvency Service on the conduct of the company’s...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: No. There are, however, a number of sources which can be accessed to obtain additional information on companies. Such additional checks would depend upon the circumstances of the case.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: In the last five calendar years, there were 780 offers of Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) accepted totalling over £290 million. In the same period the actual amount of RSA paid out was over £203 million and £22 million was recovered. There are cases where grant repayable has not been repaid in full. A table listing each company, the amount of grant due to be repaid, the actual grant...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: All Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grant agreements include legally enforceable conditions under which we can seek full or partial recovery of grant monies paid, should breaches of the grant agreement arise. Details of companies, in the last five calendar years, which have become subject to a legal process, after receiving RSA, are listed in the answer to question S2W-32570 on 29 March...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: None. We are not aware of any companies in receipt of RSA which have not registered, if required to do so. Not all businesses need to register with HM Revenue and Customs.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: We aware of allegations made against one company in receipt of RSA and have passed details of this to HM Revenue and Customs, Debt Management Enforcement and Insolvency Service.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (29 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: Prior to submitting an RSA application we encourage companies to discuss the details of their projects with us to prevent them from undertaking any unnecessary work in the early stages of the process. The shortest turnaround, in the last three years, for obtaining an offer of RSA from application to decision, is three days. However, this does not take account of the work carried out prior to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: Applications for Regional Selective Assistance are assessed, against the published scheme criteria, by Scottish Executive officials in the Innovation and Investment Grants Unit. The Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board provides independent advice on grants of more than £250,000.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: All applications for RSA are assessed against the scheme criteria by Scottish Executive officials. This includes an assessment of viability, need for support and economic benefit. Additional information can also be requested on the company and/or the directors depending on the responses provided in the application form regarding previous disqualifications, bankruptcies, insolvency actions and...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: When applying for RSA grants we require directors of companies to declare whether they have been, (a) disqualified from being a company director; (b) bankrupt; (c) subject to any form of insolvency procedures such as receivership, liquidation and administration and (d) requested to repay a grant under any Government scheme. Where necessary we would seek to obtain additional information on...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: In the last five calendar years to end December 2006, the Executive has received 1,238 applications for RSA, 414 of which have their headquarters outside Scotland.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: None. We are not aware of any company in receipt of RSA that is not operating a PAYE system.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: Applications for RSA are assessed, against the scheme criteria, by Executive Officials in the Innovation and Investment Grants unit. The scheme criteria require that an assessment be made of viability, need for support and economic benefit. In assessing applications, officials will, if necessary seek to obtain additional information on directors and companies from external sources. Each...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: The new tier of RSA for SMEs and simplification of the grant structure is aimed at encouraging as many eligible small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) as possible to access grant. All RSA applications will be assessed against the scheme criteria. As at present, the level of scrutiny will depend on the amount of grant requested but there will be no reduction in the effectiveness of checks as...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Regional Selective Assistance: Regional Selective Assistance (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: The average turnaround from application to decision for the last financial year are noted as follows. Additionally, average since November 2002 (date these targets were introduced) to October 2006, are noted in brackets. Grant Size Target Outcome Up to £50,000 10 days 10 days (13) Between £50,000 and £250,000 20 days 19 days (20) Over £250,000 40 days 30 days (30) RSA is...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Executive Departments: Scottish Executive Departments (27 Mar 2007)

Allan Wilson: The consolidation of grant management and delivery functions for research and development and Regional Selective Grants (RSA) grants within the Enterprise Transport and Lifelong Learning Department took place in January 2007. Details of the new Innovation and Investment Grants (IIG) division which replaced the former RSA Scotland division and part of the Business Growth and Innovation...


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