KNOWLEDGE BASE Doing Business in The United Kingdom

The information on this page was current at the time it was published. Regulations, trends, statistics, and other information are constantly changing. While we strive to update our Knowledge Base, we strongly suggest you use these pages as a general guide and be sure to verify any regulations, statistics, guidelines, or other information that are important to your efforts.


January 31st, 2020 Update: On March 29, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, which formally started the process whereby the UK would leave the European Union. The original plan was for the UK to leave the EU on March 29th, 2019 but on October 28th, 2019, the EU agreed to push the extension deadline to January 31, 2020. 

The council agreed to conclude the withdrawal, and it  took effect at midnight on January 31st, 2020. After this date, the UK is no  longer an EU member state. This will obviously shift how business is done in the UK. We will keep updating this page to reflect these changes. 

Learn more about Brexit here. 



We have compiled a list of government and global resources to help you learn more about UK, its employment and visas regulations, people, foreign direct investment organization, and aspects of doing business in the country. Use this information to help you make informed decisions about locating your business, or a division of your business, in UK.


Government Resources 

Government Website - The official web portal of the UK government

Office for National Statistics - Official site for UK's national statistics

Department for International Trade - They secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.

Invest in Great Britain & Northern Ireland- 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, their 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

London & Partners - London & Partners is the Mayor of London's official promotional agency.

They exist to support the Mayor’s priorities by promoting London internationally as a leading world city in which to invest, work, study and visit.

Their work helps achieve ‘good growth’ for London and Londoners, as outlined in the Mayor’s economic development strategy.

They do this by focusing on:

  • Building London's international reputation

  • Attracting international audiences and convincing them to choose London

  • Guiding international audiences to make the most of all that London has to offer

  • Helping to retain and grow London’s businesses

Invest In EU - Invest in EU is the essential resource for modern investors seeking to learn more about Europe’s unique investment opportunities. Through the Invest in EU magazine, portal and weekly newsletter, we aim to market and analyse investment destinations, various industry sectors & investment opportunities in Europe(EU).  

Trade Helpdesk - The European Commission's Export Helpdesk provides a free online service covering all import rules in force in the EU on a product-by-product and country-by-county basis.


Additional Information On The United Kingdom

Data Privacy & Data Security Resources

Employment In The United Kingdom

Global Reports and Rankings for The United Kingdom

KNOWLEDGE BASE Doing Business in The United Kingdom