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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 to be in. 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.

Guidance: locating a business in the UK

  1. Why overseas companies should set up in the UK

    • 11 April 2014
    • Promotional material

UK industry (sector) overviews

Guides on different 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. Fund management in the UK

    • 19 January 2015
    • Promotional material
  4. Automotive industry in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 7 April 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Civil nuclear power in the UK: investment opportunities

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

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

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

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

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

    • 6 August 2014
    • Promotional material
  11. Information Communications Technology (ICT) in the UK: investment opportunities

    • 19 February 2014
    • Guidance
  12. Food and drink 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

    • 24 March 2014
    • 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

Help for entrepreneurs

Details of the programmes run by UKTI to help entrepreneurs who are based overseas, bring their businesses and ideas to the UK.

  1. Entrepreneurs setting up in the UK

    • 10 April 2014
    • Guidance
  2. The Sirius Programme

    • 12 June 2014
    • Detailed guide

Tax guidance

  1. A guide to UK taxation for overseas businesses

    • 31 March 2013
    • Guidance

Case studies: Companies UKTI has helped to set up in the UK

Examples of how UKTI has supported companies to locate in the UK.

  1. GetTaxi expands its UK business with help from UKTI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 19 March 2014
    • Case study

Corporate: Annual investment reports

  1. UKTI inward investment report 2013-2014

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

    • 24 July 2013
    • Corporate report