The United Kingdom has long been a global financial hub, and almost 60% of firms with a Fortune 500 ranking have their European headquarters in London. The UK consumer market is one of the most important in Europe and, post-Brexit, the United Kingdom remains an attractive market for foreign direct investment.
Most FDI flows are directed at the financial services sector, professional, scientific and technical services, IT trade and report and transportation. Other main economic sectors include information technologies, biotechnologies, aviation and renewable energies. And the funds market is one of the biggest in the world – UK funds being worth c. £1.5 trillion.
The UK is a union of four different and distinct countries – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and all four have slight variations to tax, labour, and regulatory laws.