Your guide to setting up an overseas business in the UK

The time to invest in the UK is now. If you’re ready to take the next step for your business, here’s how to do it.

Your guide to setting up an overseas business in the UK

The time to invest in the UK is now. If you’re ready to take the next step for your business, here’s how to do it.

1. Set up a company in the UK

You can set up a private limited UK company online in just 24 hours, or register a branch of your existing company in up to 4 weeks.

2. Apply for a UK visa

Anyone from outside of the European Economic Area and Switzerland may need to apply for a UK visa to work in the UK or visit for business reasons.

3. Open a UK business bank account

This will allow your business to make and receive payments in the UK without incurring foreign exchange fees. It is not a legal requirement. Yet, it will enable you to keep track of your transactions.

4. Understand UK tax and incentives

The UK has one of the most competitive tax systems in the world and the corporate tax rules are simple and clear.

5. Establish a base for business in the UK

The UK has straightforward processes and incentives to help businesses to set up and expand.

6. Hire skilled workers for your UK operations

The UK has a world-class pool of talent and business-friendly employment laws. You can also bring employees to the UK from other countries through a flexible visa system.

7. Understand the UK’s legal framework

The UK has simple, clear laws helping make it the seventh easiest place to do business in the world, according to the World Bank.

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