A major gateway to the European Union, the world’s largest single market, the UK is the top destination for foreign direct investment into Europe.
The UK has a large, integrated transport system including the largest air transport system in Europe and Europe’s second largest ports industry contributing to fast, low-cost transportation throughout Europe and beyond.
The UK’s parliament is one of the oldest in the world and its respected legal system forms the basis of law for numerous countries around the world. The UK has long had a policy of minimising bureaucracy and deregulating industries in order to generate competition and allow companies with good business models to prosper. Within the European Union, the UK has the most business-friendly environment, with the least restrictively regulated marketplace and workforce, and one of the lowest corporate tax rates.
London is a global financial hub and the largest centre for cross-border banking in the world. The UK capital is also the most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city in Europe, as well as its financial centre.
Companies based in the UK are well placed to do global business. The UK’s location and time zone make it easy to work across Asian, European and American markets. And it is home to the international language of business: English.