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Business investment in the UK: Guidance for overseas businesses

Guidance on why overseas companies should set up and locate their businesses in the UK. Includes information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

Companies not located in the UK and considering expanding their business operations overseas will find this information useful.

The UK is the number 1 destination for FDI in Europe

Companies choose to expand or move their businesses to the UK because it’s an ideal location. More companies locate their European headquarters in the UK then anywhere else in Europe.

The UK has:

  • people with the talent and right skills
  • a simple and competitive tax rate system
  • a transparent regulatory system making it easier to do business

See how the UK compares with other countries in areas that investors say are important when deciding where to relocate or expand their businesses.

Find out why overseas companies set up in the UK and how UK Trade and Investment can help companies make the move.

Watch investors talk about why their businesses are located in the UK

Inward Investors talking about being in the UK

Enquiries for overseas companies looking to set up in the UK

Overseas companies can contact the UKTI Investment Services Team for information about setting up in the UK including the help that is available.

See seperate contacts for investment in Life Sciences, Automotive, Regeneration projects, Financial Services and Offshore Wind

Reasons to expand a business to the UK

Why more overseas companies set up in the UK then anywhere else in Europe.

  1. Why overseas companies should set up in the UK

    • Promotional material
  2. Invest in the UK: your springboard for global growth

    • Promotional material

UK industry sectors

Guides on industries in the UK including opportunities for investment.

  1. Agri-tech in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Promotional material
  2. Aerospace industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  3. Automotive industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  4. Civil nuclear power in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  5. Communications industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  6. Creative industries in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  7. Electronics and IT Hardware in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  8. Energy networks in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  9. Fintech (Financial Technology): The UK’s unique environment for growth

    • Promotional material
  10. Food and drink in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  11. Fund management in the UK

    • Promotional material
  12. Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  13. Guide to Islamic finance in the UK

    • Guidance
  14. Marine energy in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Promotional material
  15. Offshore wind power in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  16. Oil and gas in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Promotional material
  17. Rail industry guide for overseas investors

    • Promotional material
  18. Regeneration projects in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Promotional material
  19. Retail sector in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  20. Science and Innovation in the UK: commercial benefits

    • Guidance
  21. Space technology in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance
  22. Waste Management in the UK: investment opportunities

    • Guidance

Entrepreneur programmes

Details of programmes by UKTI to help entrepreneurs who are based overseas, bring their businesses and ideas to the UK. This includes the Sirius programme for graduate entrepreneurs.

  1. Entrepreneurs setting up in the UK

    • Guidance

Investor stories

Examples of international companies UKTI has helped to expand their businesses to the UK.

  1. ProsFit takes great strides into the UK

    • Case study
  2. GetTaxi expands its UK business with help from UKTI

    • Case study
  3. Dojima to open first sake brewery in the UK

    • Case study
  4. New base for Canadian company in London

    • Case study
  5. US engineering company Remetronix invests in the UK

    • Case study
  6. Indian dance academy invests in the UK

    • Case study
  7. Art Equity set up in UK with support from UK Trade & Investment

    • Case study
  8. UK Trade and Investment makes NVC feel welcome in the UK

    • Case study
  9. ‘We were not alone’: Iconsulting opens UK office

    • Case study

Annual inward investment reports (2012 to 2015)

These annual reports show inward investment activity in the UK and include the number of foreign direct investment projects.

  1. UKTI Inward Investment Report 2014 to 2015

    • Corporate report
  2. UKTI inward investment report 2013-2014

    • Corporate report
  3. Inward investment report 2012/13

    • Corporate report