Welcome to our Doing Business Guide, designed specifically for overseas business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors looking to enter the UK for the first time.
The UK has consistently attracted considerable investment from overseas and has a long and successful history of trade with the rest of the world. The importance of foreign investment into the UK has never been more critical as the UK focuses on building a vibrant and sustainable economy in a Post Brexit world.
The UK is the number one destination for inward investment in Europe and remains a top investment destination globally, with an open, liberal economy, flexible and dynamic labour market, business-friendly taxation and regulation and strong, transparent rule of law...
The use of the UK as a hub location is becoming increasingly popular amongst global businesses and we are seeing a growing number of businesses centralising functions in the UK. Two main factors, the strong business environment and a relatively stable and competitive tax regime help draw these businesses to the UK.
Family Businesses are the oldest and most common type of economic organisation around the world. In the UK, family businesses account for a quarter of the GDP and contributed £125 billion in taxes in 2014.
Common questions to consider.
Choice of entity | UK establishment | Private limited company | Limited Liability Partnerships
Legal requirements | Is my corporate name available? | What are my duties as a director? | Companies Act 2006 | Pathfinder
Corporation tax | Patent box | Developing and managing Intellectual Property in the UK | Research and Development | Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) - UK tax incentive for investment in certain trading companies | VAT | Personal taxation | Tax Transparency
Employment contracts | Employee benefits | Immigration | Human rights and gender diversity
The regulatory environment | What are the accounting and audit requirements? | Consumer credit | Money Laundering Regulations 2017 | Financial Sanctions | Data protection | Bribery Act 2010 | EU and UK competition rules | Financial Services
Solvent winding up | Insolvent winding up
Bank account set-up | Business insurances | Acquiring property | Exchange control | Customs and international trade | Excise duty | Grants | Intellectual property | Sustainability
General overview | Acquiring a UK public company | Acquiring a private company or business
Listing on a UK stock exchange