Chemicals: grow your business in the UK

  • world-class science base
  • established facilities
  • dynamic supply chain
50 billion GBP worth of sales - growing 5% per year
  • UK chemicals: at a glance

    Dynamic and diverse, the UK is one of the top chemical-producing nations. The industry is founded on abundant resources, supported by world-class scientists and manufacturers, and offers investors well-established facilities and skills.

    The UK supplies the world with 95,000 different chemicals and chemical products, many of which can’t be found in other countries. We have key capabilities in petrochemicals, basic chemicals and polymers, agrochemicals in fertilisers, pharmaceuticals, consumer chemicals like perfumes, and speciality chemicals.

    The industry has a strong workforce, employing 100,000 people, with support industries increasing this to around 300,000.

    The industry spends around 5 billion GBP on R&D per year, with 4 billion GBP per year spent on infrastructure projects.

    40% of the UK’s manufacturing spending is on the chemicals industry. Notable international companies like CRODA and BASF are based in the UK.

    The UK chemicals industry is closely regulated for sustainability and safety.

  • Next steps

    We can help you grow your business in the UK

    Whether you’ve already decided to grow your business here or you’re just starting your research, the UK government can help you make the right decision.

    Research your industry

    You should research your market to help you decide if the UK is the best place for your business. Contact our Investment Services Team to get market research and other expert help and advice.

    Want to move your business to the UK?

    You’ll need to follow several steps before moving to the UK, including applying for visas and finding the ideal location for your business. Read our UK setup guide.

    The UK government can give you free help and support every step of the way. Contact us to find out more.