Welcome to our Doing Business Guide, designed specifically for overseas business leaders, entrepreneurs and investors looking to enter the UK for the first time.
The UK is the number one destination for inward investment in Europe, managing a huge number of FDI annually. This consistent demand is largely due to:
- strong demographic and economic growth
- a broad and diverse range of markets, infrastructure and capital projects
- access to talent and skilled labour
- levels of innovation and technological advances
- lowest corporate tax rate in the G20 at 19%, reducing to 17% from 1 April 2020.
Regardless of size or experience, entering the UK market for the first time presents an array of options and challenges. We recognise the complexity around UK regulation and the interconnectivity between tax, legal and accounting. Our specialist Pathfinder advisers understand the processes involved, helping business leaders and investors to navigate the journey by drawing upon the strength of PwC’s global network.
This Guide shares some of the practical steps we routinely discuss when taking those first steps.
- Chairman’s welcome
- The UK, a profile by the Department for International Trade
- Perspectives on the UK as an investment opportunity
- Family Businesses in the UK
- Common questions
- What type of legal presence do I require
- How do I establish the entity?
- What tax issues do I need to consider?
- How do I deal with my employees?
- What regulatory matters do I need to consider?
- How do I close a UK business?
- What other factors impact my ‘doing business in the UK’?
- How do I acquire a business in the UK?
- How do I list on a UK stock exchange?