Doing business in the UK
Explore the key issues for doing business abroad, from setting up a business in the UK to understanding the local business environment. Find guides and other resources to support your organisation's global growth.
Ease of Doing Business in the United Kingdom
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.
UK company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.
International Business Guide: UK
Guide on doing business created by HSBC. Sections cover conducting business, tax system, labour, audit, trade, finance, infrastructure. Published in 2019.
Atradius Country Report: United Kingdom
Overview published by Atradius covering the country's most important business sectors, key indicators, political and economic summaries and outlook. Updated in May 2018.
On our Exporting to the UK page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.
European Corporate Governance Institute
The European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) aims to provide 'a forum for debate and dialogue between academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on major corporate governance issues and thereby promoting best practice'. The ECGI website also provides a directory of national Corporate Governance Codes, Principles & Recommendations.
European Commission: Corporate governance
Overview of current regulations and updates covering directors and board members, shareholders, employee share ownership, remuneration policies, transparency, and financial institutions. The page links to EU Directives, recommendations and proposals.
For further information on Corporate Governance codes in the United Kingdom, see the Library's subject gateway page on corporate governance Codes and reports.
Law and regulation
Doing Business law library
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.
The float guide: How to float a company on the London Stock Exchange
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.
Doing business in… Country Q&A tool
Useful tool from Practical Law that allows users to compare summaries of key legal issues across several jurisdictions, including this country. Summaries cover the legal system, foreign investment, business vehicles, employment, tax, competition, intellectual property, marketing agreements, e-commerce, data protection, product liability.
International debt collection handbook
Detailed guide compiled by Atradius looking at debt collection procedures, legislation and culture across 35 countries, including a profile of this jurisdiction. Profiles include information on the amicable phase, legal procedures, enforcement, insolvency proceedings and arbitration and mediation.
Forums and support networks
British Chamber of Commerce (BCC)
A national network of quality-accredited Chambers of Commerce which represents more than 100,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy.
Enterprise Europe Network
Network created by the European Commission of business support organisations helping SMEs to gain access to the EU market.
Articles and books in the Library collection
The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.
Business Operations in the United Kingdom
Analysis of the business environment in the United Kingdom, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.
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