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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.

Key data

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.

Guides

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. 

Doing Business in the UK
Guide prepared by a local firm within the UHY network which provides an overview of the relevant issues to consider when establishing a business in this country. This publication is current at April 2019.

Doing Business in the UK
A guide from PKF International which provides an overview of the country, types of business entities, accounting, taxation and other useful information. Updated in 2018.

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.

Exporting

On our Exporting to the UK page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

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
World Bank
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.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

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See also

We also maintain separate pages on doing business in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

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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