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There are three principal ways for a foreign investor or company to carry on business in the UK. You may:

Before making your choice, you should consider the following questions:

A UK establishment is:

Generally, if an overseas entity has established a place of business in the UK from which it does business, it must register a UK establishment; however, the definition of a UK establishment is not clear cut and advice should be sought regarding the requirement to register. If you are required to register you must within a month submit the following documents to the UK Registrar of Companies:

PwC has a wealth of experience in registering UK establishments, knowing what the Registrar is looking for when accepting a registration. This can be invaluable when your registration is time critical, for example when awaiting a visa for an employee to transfer to the UK.