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The UK is one of the most open and welcoming countries for investment, and with its reinvigorated global outlook post-Brexit, it is attracting investors from all around the world to participate in its global success story. But what makes our investment environment so great? Discover our top five reasons below.
There are numerous reasons that make the UK an attractive choice for investment, but if there was one core reason that investors can agree upon that makes the UK the best place for investment it would be the presence of a strong and stable investment environment attributed to it’s uniquely pioneering yet well-established economy.
The key qualities that make the UK’s economy so exceptional are best demonstrated by the two most essential criteria that give the British pound ‘Safe-Haven’ status, as defined by the European Central Bank; a strong growth economy and a stable political system.
Starting with the economy, the UK harbours thriving global and national businesses, particularly in financial services, with trade almost equivalent to that of the next two largest exporters in the sector – the US and Switzerland – combined. With this in mind, it’s hard to deny the findings of the IMF showing that of all advanced economies, the UK will be the fastest-growing by 2022, despite, or perhaps because of the Brexit vote.
To achieve ‘safe haven’ currency status, a country must have a stable and lawful political system.
The UK has a long-established and enduring democratic government with policy-making having taken an evidence-based approach since 1997, decisions are informed by facts and expert opinion rather than made in a biased manner simply for political gain. The UK’s regulatory system is studied by academics worldwide as a model for developing nations for its progressive policy-making practices.
What’s more, regulatory bodies must conduct regular reviews to evaluate and refine policies – particularly those which concern business. With low levels of corruption and crime, the long-standing peace of the UK offers a predictable and secure sanctuary for investment opportunities.
As one of the leading business locations worldwide, the culture of innovation in the UK is something quite unique.
Other than its thriving financial and business service sectors, the UK has nurtured 72 ‘unicorn companies’ over the past 20 years – start-ups that have reached a valuation of more than $1bn. The UK continues to produce world-leading businesses in industries as diverse as fintech, renewable energy and education and combined with its successful Innovator and Start-up visa programmes will maintain the UK position as the world leader in innovation.
Alongside the UK’s generous visa offerings, longstanding ‘Business Impact Target’ and ‘Cutting Red Tape’ review programmes have been established to support businesses of all types and sizes to reduce regulatory costs and maximise their chances of success, conducive to both an excellent investment and business environment.
Individual investors are highly regarded by the UK Government, so much so, that as an incentive to invest in British businesses it invites investment both from those looking to emigrate, but also from those who are simply looking to invest and take advantage of a highly stable and a uniquely innovative economy.
The UK is made highly competitive on the global stage for its generous and comparatively accessible visa options in comparison to other countries. The UK’s Tier 1 (Investor) visa offers unrestricted investment in any sector or industry and any part of the UK you may choose with the possibility of the visa being granted within three weeks of your application date.
Under the Tier 1 (Investor) visa programme, you have the opportunity to invest upwards of £2 million into eligible British businesses, and, if you so choose, you can apply to become a resident of the UK and secure permanent residence status known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’, and the status can be imparted to your dependant family after 5 years of holding the visa. The Tier 1 (Investor) visa does not require ‘active involvement’ on the part of the investor to be eligible for the visa – making the scheme a simple solution for those seeking dual citizenship.
Beyond the Tier 1 (Investor) visa, there a many other visa-compliant means of investment that you may be interested to learn more about such as the Innovator or Start-up visas. Using our portfolio of 250+ pre-screened qualifying UK companies, InvestUK can help you to make an investment in an exciting UK business or infrastructure project.
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