Links to Automotive
The UK’s automotive industry is the fastest growing in western Europe, and manufacturers want to source more components from within the UK. The industry aims to increase spending on UK components by £4 billion per year.
Links to Creative
From producing big budget movies to developing world-class computer games, creativity is thriving in the UK.
Links to Energy generation
The UK offers opportunities for growth and high returns whether your business operates with traditional or emerging energy technologies.
Links to Financial services
The UK offers unrivalled support for the global expansion of your business. It is the most internationally-focused financial marketplace in the world.
Links to Health and life sciences
Health and life sciences
The UK is an attractive place for health and life sciences companies to invest. Currently, there are over 5,600 companies operating in the UK, generating an approximate 60.7 billion GBP.
Links to Technology
The UK’s technology sector is one of the largest in Western Europe. Its output plays a vital role in every other industrial sector including automotive, financial services, retail and logistics.
Your guide to setting up an overseas business in the UK
The time to invest in the UK is now. If you’re ready to take the next step for your business, here’s how to do it.
You can set up a private limited UK company online in just 24 hours, or register a branch of your existing company in up to 4 weeks.
Anyone from outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland may need to apply for a UK visa to work in the UK or visit for business reasons.
This will allow your business to make and receive payments in the UK without incurring foreign exchange fees. It is not a legal requirement. Yet, it will enable you to keep track of your transactions.
The UK has one of the most competitive tax systems in the world and the corporate tax rules are simple and clear.
The UK has a straightforward planning process, a wide range of properties, and incentives that help businesses to set up and expand.
The UK has a world-class pool of talent and business-friendly employment laws. You can also bring employees to the UK from other countries through a flexible visa system.
The UK is the seventh easiest place to do business in the world, according to the World Bank.
How we help
The Department for International Trade helps overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.
Based in British embassies, high commissions and consulates in cities around the world, our investment services team can:
- Help you to build connections with businesses across your sector
- Assist with visa applications and other immigration issues
- Help you find grants and incentives to help your business to grow
- Advise on hiring staff, from salary benchmarking through recruitment and training
- Share insights into specific markets based on your needs