One of the ways in which the government's development agencies help particular areas to develop is by creating assisted areas.
Assisted areas are those locations where regional aid may be granted under European Union legislation. Businesses based in regions classified as assisted areas may benefit from a grant if they stimulate regional development, urban regeneration or an improvement in employment prospects.
There are two main assisted area grant schemes in Britain:
The current Assisted Areas Map came into effect on 13 February 2007, and remains in force until 31 December 2013. You can view the Current Assisted Areas map.
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) operates across England from 2011 to 2014. It supports projects that create economic growth and long-term employment. RGF aims particularly to help areas that are currently dependent on the public sector.
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy