Grow your business in the UK, home of world-leading technology

There are obvious advantages to bringing your business to the UK. We offer an established, business-friendly environment, economic stability and commercial security, all of which continue to attract the very best tech talent from around the world.

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Technology in the UK

Is it time to set up your tech company in the UK?
Learn how the UK government can help you find the talent that will take your tech company to the next level.

Capgemini

Are you looking to grow your business in a new market?
Discover why the UK’s technology sector is larger than the rest of Europe combined.

Everledger

61,000 and Rising: UK’s FinTech workforce is the world’s largest.
Are you looking to start or scale up your FinTech business? Find out how you could be eligible for a grant from the UK government.

The UK is a great place to start, finance and grow your business and the UK Government is serious about driving future growth. Take our corporation tax for example. It’s currently 19% and set to drop to 17% in 2020 – meaning we have the lowest and therefore most competitive corporation tax in the G20.

Setting up your business in the UK gives you access to millions of potential customers here and across Europe. You’ll also find the most established and respected financial and legal systems in the world, right on your doorstep. We continue to attract more foreign direct investment than anywhere else in Europe, so it’s easy to see why over 1,000 new businesses start up here every day.

Technology in the UK

Is it time to set up your tech company in the UK?
Learn how the UK government can help you find the talent that will take your tech company to the next level.

Capgemini

Are you looking to grow your business in a new market?
Discover why the UK’s technology sector is larger than the rest of Europe combined.

Everledger

61,000 and Rising: UK’s FinTech workforce is the world’s largest.
Are you looking to start or scale up your FinTech business? Find out how you could be eligible for a grant from the UK government.

The UK is a great place to start, finance and grow your business and the UK Government is serious about driving future growth. Take our corporation tax for example. It’s currently 19% and set to drop to 17% in 2020 – meaning we have the lowest and therefore most competitive corporation tax in the G20.

Setting up your business in the UK gives you access to millions of potential customers here and across Europe. You’ll also find the most established and respected financial and legal systems in the world, right on your doorstep. We continue to attract more foreign direct investment than anywhere else in Europe, so it’s easy to see why over 1,000 new businesses start up here every day.

Making an Impact

The UK is one of the world’s great technology ecosystems. It is home to thousands of dynamic, high quality and innovative companies – from the most exciting new startups to global brands.

The facts speak for themselves: there are now over 58,000 tech businesses across the UK and the region’s tech organisations have brought in more than £13.8bn in investment. Backed by strong government support, the UK attracts more international investors than any other European country. Not only does the UK have the lowest corporation tax in 
the G7 but it actively offers further incentives for tech businesses heading to the UK to undertake research and development (R&D) activity.

We are the ‘digital capital of Europe’ – as named by the 2017 TechNation report – and ranked as the world’s fifth best country for its approach to innovation and technology.

For any tech businesses the UK is the place to expand.

Your guide to setting up an overseas business in the UK

The time to invest in the UK is now. If you’re ready to take the next step for your business, here’s how to do it.

Set up a company in the UK

You can set up a private limited UK company online in just 24 hours, or register a branch of your existing company in up to 4 weeks.

Open a UK business bank account

This will allow your business to make and receive payments in the UK without incurring foreign exchange fees. It is not a legal requirement. Yet, it will enable you to keep track of your transactions.

Establish a base for business in the UK

The UK has straightforward processes and incentives to help businesses to set up and expand.

Understand the UK’s legal framework

The UK has simple, clear laws helping make it the seventh easiest place to do business in the world, according to the World Bank.

Apply for a UK visa

Anyone from outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland may need to apply for a UK visa to work in the UK or visit for business reasons.

Understand UK tax and incentives

The UK has one of the most competitive tax systems in the world and the corporate tax rules are simple and clear.

Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

The UK has a world-class pool of talent and business-friendly employment laws. You can also bring employees to the UK from other countries through a flexible visa system.

How we help

The Department for International Trade helps overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Based in British embassies, high commissions and consulates in cities around the world, our investment services team can:

Help you to build connections with businesses across your sector

Assist with visa applications and other immigration issues

Help you find grants and incentives to help your business to grow

Advise on hiring staff, from salary benchmarking through recruitment and training

Share insights into specific markets based on your needs

Making an Impact

The UK is one of the world’s great technology ecosystems. It is home to thousands of dynamic, high quality and innovative companies – from the most exciting new startups to global brands.

The facts speak for themselves: there are now over 58,000 tech businesses across the UK and the region’s tech organisations have brought in more than £13.8bn in investment. Backed by strong government support, the UK attracts more international investors than any other European country. Not only does the UK have the lowest corporation tax in 
the G7 but it actively offers further incentives for tech businesses heading to the UK to undertake research and development (R&D) activity.

We are the ‘digital capital of Europe’ – as named by the 2017 TechNation report – and ranked as the world’s fifth best country for its approach to innovation and technology.

For any tech businesses the UK is the place to expand.

Your guide to setting up an overseas business in the UK

The time to invest in the UK is now. If you’re ready to take the next step for your business, here’s how to do it.

Set up a company in the UK

You can set up a private limited UK company online in just 24 hours, or register a branch of your existing company in up to 4 weeks.

Open a UK business bank account

This will allow your business to make and receive payments in the UK without incurring foreign exchange fees. It is not a legal requirement. Yet, it will enable you to keep track of your transactions.

Establish a base for business in the UK

The UK has straightforward processes and incentives to help businesses to set up and expand.

Understand the UK’s legal framework

The UK has simple, clear laws helping make it the seventh easiest place to do business in the world, according to the World Bank.

Apply for a UK visa

Anyone from outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland may need to apply for a UK visa to work in the UK or visit for business reasons.

Understand UK tax and incentives

The UK has one of the most competitive tax systems in the world and the corporate tax rules are simple and clear.

Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

The UK has a world-class pool of talent and business-friendly employment laws. You can also bring employees to the UK from other countries through a flexible visa system.

How we help

The Department for International Trade helps overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Based in British embassies, high commissions and consulates in cities around the world, our investment services team can:

Help you to build connections with businesses across your sector

Assist with visa applications and other immigration issues

Help you find grants and incentives to help your business to grow

Advise on hiring staff, from salary benchmarking through recruitment and training

Share insights into specific markets based on your needs

Get in Touch

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