A conspicuously tight schedule of media rounds after the Autumn Statement last December saw George Osborne pop up at a JCB factory in Staffordshire before miraculously re-appearing back in London. Transparency data released by the Treasury reveals that this set piece was only possible because the heavy machinery manufacturer — who have donated millions of pounds […]

Scrapbook has previously highlighted the case of JCB, who, despite seeing profits jump 150% to £235m, apparently needed a subsidy from the taxpayer. While struggling small firms were snubbed for Regional Growth Fund money, Anthony Bamford’s company were handed a huge wodge of cash. Along with their status as the only British company to be namechecked […]

Digger company JCB was amongst the 119 successful bids for the £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund, leaving puzzled hacks wondering why a company which had seen profits jump 150% to £235m needed a subsidy from the taxpayer. Scrapbook cannot resist speculating whether donations to the Conservative Party totalling more than £4 million have any bearing on the matter. Adding salt to […]