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State Aid

The award of this relief must comply with EU law on State Aid.

State Aid law is the means by which the European Union regulates state funded support to businesses. It refers to forms of assistance from a public body, or publicly funded body, given to selected undertakings (any entity that puts goods or services on the given market) that have the potential to distort competition and affect trade between member states of the European Union.

European Union state aid rules generally prohibit government subsidies to businesses. Relief from taxes, including non-domestic rates, can in some cases constitute state aid.

However, there is a general exception from the state aid rules, where the aid is below a "de minimis" level (see Comm Reg 69/2001). This is €200,000 to any one business over any three-year period.

You must ensure that you have not received any other State Aid that exceeds in total €200,000, including any other Relief you are being granted, for premises other than the one to which this claim relates under the De Minimus Regulations EC 1407/2013.

You must advise us immediately if by awarding this relief you exceed the state aid limit, as we will need to withdraw the relief from your account.

Under the European Commission rules, you must retain this letter for three years and produce it on any request by the UK public authorities or the European Commission. (You may need to keep this letter longer than three years for other purposes). Furthermore, information on this aid must be supplied to any other public authority or agency asking for information on 'De Minimus' aid for the next three years.

Further information on State Aid law can be found at