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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

    • 11 April 2014
    • Promotional material
  2. Invest in the UK: your springboard for global growth

    • 3 July 2015
    • Promotional material

UK industry sectors

Guides on industries in the UK including opportunities for investment.

  1. Agri-tech in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 10 April 2014
    • Promotional material
  2. Aerospace industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 10 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Automotive industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 15 June 2015
    • Guidance
  4. Civil nuclear power in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 20 February 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Communications industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 20 February 2014
    • Guidance
  6. Creative industries in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 20 February 2014
    • Guidance
  7. Electronics and IT Hardware in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 20 February 2014
    • Guidance
  8. Energy networks in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 24 March 2014
    • Guidance
  9. Fintech (Financial Technology): The UK’s unique environment for growth

    • 20 May 2015
    • Promotional material
  10. Food and drink in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 19 February 2014
    • Guidance
  11. Fund management in the UK

    • 28 July 2015
    • Promotional material
  12. Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 19 February 2014
    • Guidance
  13. Guide to Islamic finance in the UK

    • 27 October 2014
    • Guidance
  14. Marine energy in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 26 February 2014
    • Promotional material
  15. Offshore wind power in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 18 November 2014
    • Guidance
  16. Oil and gas in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 2 July 2015
    • Promotional material
  17. Rail industry guide for overseas investors

    • 14 April 2014
    • Promotional material
  18. Regeneration projects in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 13 June 2014
    • Promotional material
  19. Retail sector in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 8 December 2014
    • Guidance
  20. Science and Innovation in the UK: commercial benefits

    • 26 March 2014
    • Guidance
  21. Space technology in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 7 April 2014
    • Guidance
  22. Waste Management in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 19 February 2014
    • 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

    • 10 April 2014
    • 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

    • 15 May 2015
    • Case study
  2. GetTaxi expands its UK business with help from UKTI

    • 13 February 2015
    • Case study
  3. Dojima to open first sake brewery in the UK

    • 3 February 2015
    • Case study
  4. New base for Canadian company in London

    • 7 January 2015
    • Case study
  5. US engineering company Remetronix invests in the UK

    • 3 November 2014
    • Case study
  6. Indian dance academy invests in the UK

    • 4 September 2014
    • Case study
  7. Art Equity set up in UK with support from UK Trade & Investment

    • 25 March 2014
    • Case study
  8. UK Trade and Investment makes NVC feel welcome in the UK

    • 19 March 2014
    • Case study
  9. ‘We were not alone’: Iconsulting opens UK office

    • 19 March 2014
    • 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

    • 17 June 2015
    • Corporate report
  2. UKTI inward investment report 2013-2014

    • 18 July 2014
    • Corporate report
  3. Inward investment report 2012/13

    • 24 July 2013
    • Corporate report