Why London

Welcome to London, a leading city in which to live, work and build a global business.

Here are 10 reasons why you should set up in London.

1. Competitive Business Environment

The UK ranks consistently in the top 10 in the world for ease of doing business.

2. Low taxation economy

At 19%, London has the lowest Corporation Tax in the G20. It is set to be reduced to 17% by 2020.

3. Highly skilled talent pool

London is the only global city to have four universities in the top 40 world ranking of the Times Higher Education World Ranking and two more only an hour outside London.

4. Competitive taxation

The UK offers tax incentives for R&D, 30% tax relief on investments up to £1 million, favourable personal taxation and the most flexible labour regulations in Europe.

5. Tech hub

London is one of the world’s leading digital hubs and the largest tech ecosystem in Europe, with an estimated ecosystem value of $44bn.

6. World leading financial centre

London ranks first in the 2017 Global Financial Cities Index with a long tradition as a financial capital and home to more than 250 international banks – more than New York, Paris or Frankfurt.

7. Connectivity

London is the supreme gateway city, with direct flights to more than 396 destinations.

8. Time zone

London’s office hours overlap with countries generating 99% of global GDP.

9. Access to finance

A global venture capital and private equity hub, London attracted more investment than any other major European city in 2017.

10. Quality of life

London is one of the world’s most open, multi-cultural and cosmopolitan cities, with a long-standing tradition of welcoming international businesses and visitors.

Focus industries

London is a major center for Information Technology, Life Sciences, Creative, Marketing & Media, Financial & Insurance Services, Retail and Business Services.

Learn about our Focus industries.