Health and life sciences: grow your business in the UK

  • world-renowned research - home to 3 of the top 5 universities for pre clinical, clinical and health sciences.
  • pragmatic regulatory regime with strong reputation
  • lead in Europe for life sciences funding
70.3 billion GBP annual turnover
  • UK health and life sciences: at a glance

    The UK is an attractive place for health and life sciences companies to grow - home to a tax structure that rewards innovation, a world class science base and a track record of life sciences excellence. You’ll find the people and facilities to develop your ideas here – from inception to clinical trials.

    There are already over 5,600 life sciences companies operating in the UK, generating more than 30 billion GBP in exports. These companies span the life sciences product development, supply and services chain, and employ more than 240,000 people.

  • Research and development

    The UK has 4 of the world’s top 10 universities for medical research. UK researchers and institutions have been responsible for many of the major scientific breakthroughs enabling biomedical innovation - from the discovery of penicillin and the structure of DNA to advancements in neuroscience and medical imaging, and developments in stem cells and in vitro fertilization.

    The UK leads Europe in life sciences financing, raising more capital for the strongest biomedical pipeline in Europe. Investors can also rely on a well developed and publicly funded infrastructure for experimental medicine and clinical trials.

    The UK also has the deep expertise and international leadership of the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and a world regarded health technology assessment body in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

  • Locations

    The UK’s key strengths in health and life sciences include:

    • drug development and production
    • life sciences research
    • medical technology
    • digital health

    Drug discovery and development are well supported in facilities across the UK, including clinical trial facilities in The Midlands, South of England, Northern Ireland and London. North of England is a key location for drug manufacturing.

    There is UK-wide expertise in medical technology, including digital health projects in North of England, Wales, Scotland and South of England.

    The National Health Service (NHS) has opportunities for collaboration in this sector across the UK.

  • 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.