A guide to investing in the UK for foreign companies

Welcome ashore

November 2015

The UK is the number one destination for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe. Many overseas organisations are attracted to the UK through its reputation as one of the most open economies in the world and a country that boasts a stable business and political environment. In this guide we cover some of the key considerations for businesses that are looking to invest in the UK.

As a world leader in innovation, with a highly skilled workforce and a competitive tax regime, many businesses look to the UK for growth opportunities. In 2014, the UK’s inward FDI stock passed the £1 trillion mark for the first time – a value which is surpassed by only the US and China.

This guide, produced in conjunction with UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), provides guidance for businesses looking to establish a footprint in the UK. It covers issues such as:

  • Possible entry strategies, including contracts with import agencies and joint ventures 
  • Mergers and acquisitions, including finding an acquisition target and the due diligence process
  • Corporate structure, including a UK Establishment or a UK-Incorpoated company
  • Taxation, including corporation tax, VAT and PAYE
  • People and immigration, including details of the visa system
  • Location and premises, including a breakdown of the property purchase process

We are investing in infrastructure, research and development; offering the best superfast broadband service in Europe and international airports that serve more destinations daily than any other European country. Through initiatives such as patent box and research and development tax credits, our business culture rewards enterprise and innovation.”


Michael Boyd, UK Trade and Investment

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