London

  • About London

    London is the capital of the UK and one of the most desirable cities in the world for living, working and building a global business.

    The city is a world-class financial centre and has an international reputation for business and entrepreneurship.

    London attracts companies from across the globe:

    • London secured 39% of all UK foreign investment projects in 2016 (EY attractiveness survey 2017)

    • foreign investors rate London as the most attractive European city for their projects (EY attractiveness survey 2017)

    • 40% of the world's top companies have their European headquarters in London (London & Partners 2017)

    • London is home to over 35,000 foreign-owned companies - 1 in 12 of all companies in the capital are foreign-owned (London & Partners 2017)

    • London has more new businesses every year than any other UK region (112 per 10,000 population) (Cities Outlook 2017)

  • Opportunities and incentives

    Investors in London benefit from competitive costs and strong incentives, including:

    • lower business costs than other major global cities (KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2016)

    • low tax rates - London is in the top 10 major global cities for low taxes (KPMG Focus on Tax 2016)

    • lower living costs than many major cities (Economist cost of living index 2017)

    • co-investment worth 250,000 GBP to 1,000,000 GBP for technology, science and digital start-ups (London Co-Investment Fund 2017)

    • support from London & Partners, the Mayor of London’s investment organisation, helping you to identify business opportunities, find property and access funding

  • Skills and education

    Investors in London benefit from a strong skills base, including:

    • the most productive workforce in the UK (gross value added per worker is 73,600 GBP) (Cities Outlook 2017)

    • access to talent - 24% of all new UK graduates work in London (Cities Outlook 2017)

    • 23 major universities and 360,000 students in higher education (Higher Education Statistics Authority 2017)

    • 5 universities in the prestigious Russell Group, including Imperial College and London School of Economics, known for producing world-class research

  • Research and development

    London provides a strong research and development (R&D) base, including:

    • the highest annual expenditure on higher education R&D of any UK region (2 billion GBP) (Office for National Statistics 2017)

    • the highest number of patent applications in any UK region (2,105) (Cities Outlook 2017)

    • the Francis Crick Institute, one of Europe’s largest centres for biomedical research with 1,500 staff (Francis Crick Institute 2017)

  • Infrastructure

    Transport options in London include:

    • Heathrow Airport, which serves 194 destinations and is the UK’s largest airport and the world’s 7th largest (76 million passengers in 2016) (OAG Aviation 2016)

    • fast train connections - you can reach the European mainland in just 55 minutes (London St Pancras to Calais) and 8 UK regions in under 2 hours

    • London Underground, which has 270 stations and handles up to 5 million passenger journeys daily (Transport for London 2017)