The UK is a world-leading maritime centre, built upon our strong maritime heritage. Our skilled workforce, cutting-edge technology, quality design and manufacturing, and attractive business environment make the UK a great place to do business.

Design and manufacturing

From handcrafted yachts to highly technical naval systems, the UK offers a complete range of top-quality design, shipbuilding and manufacturing.

Comprehensive services

The UK’s unrivalled expertise in insurance, legal, financial and educational services helps businesses in today’s complex regulatory and financial environment.

Business incentives

The UK has a business-friendly culture, with planned government investment through its Maritime 2050 programme and a competitive tax regime, including an attractive tonnage tax for shipping.



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of all UK imports and exports go through British ports

Maritime infrastructure

The UK sits at the heart of the international maritime industry, making it a natural location for maritime businesses.

Alexandra Docks

A joint venture between Associated British Ports and Siemens has resulted in a £310m investment in the manufacture of wind turbine blades at Hull’s Alexandra Docks. There are similar manufacturing, energy and high-tech logistics opportunities at ports across the UK.

Next steps

Whether you’re looking for a supplier or starting a business in the UK, we can help. Get in touch with us for simple, straightforward help and advice on how to do business in the UK.