Evaluating and capturing credits and incentives in Europe requires a different approach and strategic outlook than other parts of the world. Too often they’re overlooked altogether, much because of a misunderstanding that financial support programmes don’t exist, especially for large companies. In reality, support programmes and schemes are readily available throughout the dynamic region, even competing in total funding with the United States.

Before pursuing these programmes and schemes, business leaders need to be aware of the policies which ultimately regulate the opportunities via the European Commission. In the end, guidelines set forth by the European Commission dictate the ability for European Union Member States to deliver financial aid to businesses.

HICKEY is excited to share our latest report and guide book on how the European aid system works and operates. Our report, STATE AID PRIMER 2020 – Incentives in Europe, provides guidance on the rules and guidelines set forth by Brussels and how it impacts the member states. Download your copy of the report today!

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The HICKEY Team understands the importance of an optimal site and sustainable workforce. Our goal is to provide objective analysis that is key to the success of any new or existing facility. Let our Site Selection, Incentives, and Labor Analytics experts help you identify the latest in workforce trends, new incentives programmes, and help forecast short/long-term risks by connecting with us. Click the button below to connect directly with one of our experts.




For more than 30 years, HICKEY has led the evolution of the site selection industry. We’ve been committed to the continuous disruption of the site selection process to ensure our clients have the data, tools, and strategic approach necessary to find the optimal location for their business. Ultimately, our success is based on the success of our clients.

We believe that the best predictor of future success is past success.

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Securing Critical Support

Following an extensive site selection analysis, labor analytics, and incentive evaluation, a significant financial delta existed between the final locations.

H&A experts worked with multiple economic development entities to secure and capture a complex public incentive package, ultimately ensuring the financial future for the project.

In the end, the client was able to choose the most optimal location for the business with the financial confidence to create hundreds of new jobs and invest over $100 million in the facility.

Discovering Growth Potential

Global manufacturing company required comprehensive review of existing footprint in EMEA and Americas to discover potential efficiencies and challenges, particularly with a focus on their workforce.

Deploying H&A’s data analytics and innovative tools, along with more than thirty years of industry experience, the business successfully identified several key cost savings drivers across portfolio providing for growth today.

In total, the company discovered over 30% in cost savings across their portfolio.

Center of Excellence

Mining thousands of data points across several dozen communities, H&A navigated a client through an intercontinental site selection analysis.

H&A’s in-depth, proven site selection and labor analytics practice led the client to a location with a workforce that not only meets requirements of the bottom line, but also forecasts the skillsets needed for years to come.

Unlocking Business & Economic Incentives in Europe

As 2020 moves ahead, business leaders will be watching closely what happens with investment incentives in the United Kingdom following Brexit. No longer restricted by the same EU state aid rules, British lawmakers are expected to pursue new robust initiatives. Some of those initiatives include expanding enterprise zones and free ports. In addition, a number of other support programmes and financing schemes. HICKEY’s report helps you understand how to unlock economic incentives in Europe. 

HICKEY’s Incentives in Europe 2020 Report

Our report will detail everything you need to know including a thorough analysis of the rules and guidelines currently in place for businesses investing in Europe. Specifically, the report will inform the three key tenets for granting investment aid:

  1. Where aid may be provided; 
  2. The size of the business that may be a recipient; 
  3. The overall level of aid that the state may offer.

Understanding The Guidelines in Europe

When trying to unlock incentives in Europe, companies need to be able to understand the current guidelines and three main objectives they set out to achieve throughout the region. Our report details how the European Community (EC) has implemented them in order to simplify and improve the process.  Some of the objectives and guidelines the report speaks to are the element of increased transparency and accountability. This concept of transparency now holds the government more accountable for the way incentives are awarded throughout the region. The report details how important this objective has become around the world, not just in Europe or throughout the EMEA region. 

What’s even more unique about the report are the visual representations of state aid maps across the European Member States. The maps help indicate the eligible regions and maximum aid intensity available through the year 2022. 

Download Your Copy To Learn More! 

We encourage you to fill out the form above and download your copy of the report. To discuss the finding further, please connect with our Managing Director of EMEA, Guy Douetil at the following guy.douetil@hickeyandassociates.com 

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