About the UK

The UK has a reach that stretches far beyond its borders to every sector and business capital in the world.

It has given rise to major advancements in every field, from Technology to Automotive to Creative Services. And this wide-ranging expertise has created a global magnet for talent.

This is a country at the forefront of the next generation of business, from AI to Clean and Sustainable Growth. Where you will find financial technology visionaries working hand-in-hand with Industry 4.0 pioneers.

Here in the UK you’ll find a nation poised to write the next chapter of innovation. You’ll find a nation unleashed to fulfil its potential. And you’ll find a nation that’s ready to trade with you.

Why choose the UK

The UK is the world’s fifth largest economy. It offers a robust, business-friendly environment to reliably expand, trade and invest.

Stability and security

A stable legal and regulatory environment in one of the world’s oldest democracies.

Transparency and simplicity

Transparent, flexible corporate law and governance that makes it easy to do business.

Diplomacy and influence

Well-established diplomatic influence around the world, built on the UK’s cultural and political strengths.

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UK industries

The UK is home to a diverse range of high-growth industries that propel businesses to success.

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UK regions

Discover the economic power of UK regions and their mix of industries that attracts business, trade and investment from around the world.

Scotland is one of the UK’s top investment destinations, attracting more foreign investment than anywhere in the country outside of London. Northern Ireland is the world’s top destination for fintech development inward investment. The region also benefits from low-cost customer support services. North England is home to world-leading design and manufacturing. It also produces 50% of UK nuclear projects and 30% of all renewable energy projects. Welsh industry is diverse, including world-leading innovation in compound semiconductor technology, life sciences, energy and the environment. The Midlands is a magnet for overseas investment, offering discounts for advanced manufacturing and automotive research. South England is the UK’s top destination for overseas expansion, focusing on financial services, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, aerospace and data.

How the Department for International Trade helps

We leverage our position at the heart of government to help businesses, buyers and investors successfully do business in the UK.

Making introductions

Building connections that strengthen your investments

Ensuring credibility

We work closely with partners to ensure opportunities are credible

Highlighting opportunities

Highlighting high-potential opportunities within UK industries

Simple set-up guides

Simple guidance on expanding to the UK, including tax and immigration

Finding a UK supplier

Our digital service helps you find UK suppliers of quality products and services across industries

Advice on buying

We have the latest information on market trends from around the world

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Speak to us

Our teams are located in UK embassies, high commissions and consulates in cities around the world.

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