Establish a base for business in the UK

The UK has a straightforward planning process, a wide range of properties, and incentives that help businesses to set up and expand.

What you need to know

The UK has a wide range of properties for lease or rent for business purposes.

Small companies and entrepreneurs often opt for serviced offices to take advantage of the flexibility they offer in terms of infrastructure (such as internet access) and rental agreement lengths.

Larger companies may want to build, extend or change the use of premises. The UK has a straightforward planning process and one of Europe’s most efficient procedures for obtaining construction permits. Local planning authorities approve almost 90% of planning applications and 75% are completed within 3 months.

There are sites across the UK with existing planning permission, which can reduce the time needed to set up your premises. These are called Enterprise Zones and have simplified planning laws.

Business clusters

Businesses from the same or complementary industry sectors have come together as centres of excellence and innovation across the UK.

Locating your business in a relevant cluster could help you to:

  • access a larger pool of skilled labour
  • improve your supply chains
  • share knowledge, ideas, research and development costs

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones offer a broad range of support to help businesses establish and expand in the UK. There are over 50 existing or planned zones in England and Wales, with a further 16 Enterprise Areas in Scotland.

Businesses in these locations can benefit from simplified planning application processes, various financial advantages and a business-ready infrastructure.

Find out more about Enterprise Zones

Ready to invest?

If you are thinking about investing in the UK, contact our investment services team about insights, connections and incentives.

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