Business Investment In The UK: Guidance For Overseas Businesses

Find guidance on why overseas companies should set up their businesses in the UK, information on UK business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) opportunities.

The UK Is The No.1 Destination For FDI In Europe

More companies than ever choose to expand or move their businesses to the UK because it is an ideal location to find people with talent and right skills, it has a simple tax rate system and a transparent regulatory system – all making it easier to do business.

The Position Of The UK Market

There were 5.7 million SMEs in the UK in 2017, which was over 99% of all businesses. The definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is any business with fewer than 250 employees.​

Definition of SME*

  • Micro (0-9 employees)
  • Small (10-49 employees)
  • Medium (50-249 employees)
  • Large (250+ employees)
*According to the UK Parliament presentation on 28/12/17