Guide to establishing a financial services institution in the UK

Guide for financial services institutions about setting up in the UK. 'Welcome Ashore' was produced by Deloitte, with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and TheCityUK.


Welcome Ashore

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


The Welcome Ashore publication has practical steps for financial services companies who are thinking of locating in the UK.

It covers how you can:

  • apply for regulatory approval as a financial services business
  • decide a company structure
  • manage tax arrangements
  • find the correct location and premises
  • get visas for migrant workers
  • talk to someone at Deloitte, UKTI and TheCityUK
Published 3 July 2014
Last updated 28 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Mandarin version added.
  2. Added in Mandarin translation.
  3. First published.