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.


Brexit Update:

Since the UK officially left the European Union on January 31, 2020, the relationship between the two has evolved and continues to be shaped by the ongoing implementation of the withdrawal agreement.

Key Dates:

  • January 31, 2020: UK officially left the EU and entered a transition period that ended on December 31, 2020.

  • December 31, 2020: The transition period ended, and the UK fully exited the EU single market and customs union.

  • January 1, 2021: The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into effect, outlining the post-Brexit relationship between the two entities.

  • 2023/2024 Current: The UK and EU are still navigating the ongoing implementation and potential revisions of their post-Brexit relationship.

It's crucial for businesses operating in either the UK or the EU to stay informed about the latest developments and adjust their operations accordingly.


Resources for Further Information:



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 the 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 Business and Trade - The department for economic growth, supporting businesses to invest, grow and export, and working to create jobs and opportunities across the country. DBT is a ministerial department, supported by 19 agencies and public bodies.

Invest in The UK - 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 business growth and destination agency for London, working to create economic growth that is resilient, sustainable and inclusive. They support the Mayor of London's priorities by promoting London internationally as a leading world city.

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


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