Ease of Doing Business

The UK is a great place to do business – it is the top destination in Europe for foreign direct investment. We are consistently the number one location for companies choosing to establish their European headquarters.

Why you should join them:

  • It's easier to set up a business here than anywhere else - the average time to establish a new enterprise in the UK is just 13 days and a company can be registered in as little as 24 hours.

  • We have a fair and flexible labour market - employees are protected but companies can operate effectively, and annual wage increases are very modest.

  • We have a highly competitive tax regime - the corporation tax rate is 20%, giving companies entering the UK a much lower tax burden than in many parts of Europe including Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Spain.

  • We have one of the most well-developed transport infrastructures in the world. It is possible to travel between all of our principle cities by rail in under four hours, with many reachable within two. The countries of the European Union are all less than three hours away by air.

  • Generous financial incentives include the Patent Box, which lowers tax on profits made from inventions, and R&D Tax Credits, which offers tax relief on qualifying activities.