Re: "with the Eurostar special fare it was actually CHEAPER"
I on the other hand was once asked to do an evaluation to site a new factory, before China would even have been considered. As well as a couple of development zones in the UK, I did a comparison with the Bahamas. The Bahamas came out top; low taxes, cheap loans, workforce with UK educational standards, and as the products were small and light hybrid assemblies transport costs were not a problem.
I presented it, the MD looked at the numbers longingly and then said "I just can't see myself getting it past group management."