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Establishing a business presence in the UK

10 April 2017

If you are a non-UK corporate body and you wish to establish a business presence in the UK, this brief guide covers the main issues you need to consider. Establishing an operating subsidiary, branch or other business presence in the UK is a straightforward process, and can be achieved very quickly and at minimal cost.

If you are a non-UK corporate body and you wish to establish a business presence in the UK, this brief guide covers the main issues you need to consider. Establishing an operating subsidiary, branch or other business presence in the UK is a straightforward process, and can be achieved very quickly and at minimal cost.

There are no restrictions on foreign ownership of businesses and no UK exchange or investment control regulations – although some business sectors, such as banking, financial services and charities, will need sector specific government or regulatory approval or registration before starting to trade.

Relative to a number of other jurisdictions, the rates of UK corporation taxation remain low, helping to create an attractive trading and investment environment.

When deciding on the structure for your UK business presence, there are several different options to consider including the following:

  • Establishing a UK branch or other place of business
  • Establishing a UK subsidiary
  • Establishing a UK limited liability partnership (LLP)

For UK corporate law purposes, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are separate jurisdictions. The following focuses on the issues in relation to a company incorporated outside the UK wishing to establish a business presence in England...

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