Banking and Capital Markets

The world's centre for global banking

The UK's offer

  • A truly global banking industry facilitating international activities
  • A future-ready banking sector offering innovative services
  • A talent pool of 351,000 professionals across the UK
  • The world’s first choice for foreign exchange
  • The leading centre for international debt issuance

World class banking expertise

Banking and capital markets are the cornerstone of the UK’s thriving financial services industry. They facilitate global flows of capital and risk management. UK banking and capital markets benefit from the cluster effect in the City of London, and draw on world-class expertise and high regulatory standards. 

A talent pool of 351,000 professionals works in banks across the UK, representing over a third of all financial services jobs. The UK banking sector is a forward-looking mix of wholesale banks, retail banks and challenger banks. With one of the world’s most tech-savvy markets, the UK is a great launchpad for new banking solutions. Fintech innovation is bringing new competition and more propositions to the banking sector. The UK is at the forefront of the evolution of the banking sector, actively exploring new offers brought by technologies like blockchain, AI and big data.

The world's global banking centre

The UK is the world’s largest centre for cross-border banking, representing 16% share of international bank lending. With over 200 foreign banks active in the UK, it is one of the most globally connected banking hubs.

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Forex for the world

The UK accounts for over one third of global foreign exchange trading. This is more than the next three largest centres  US, Singapore, and Hong Kong  combined.



US dollars traded in the UK are nearly twice the amount traded in the US


Euros traded in the UK are four times the amount traded in all euro area countries combined

Leading international banking and capital market services

The UK is an international hub for global customers to raise finance, move funds and hedge risks. It has strong links to the US and Europe as well as emerging markets. The UK is the world’s largest Indian rupee trading hub and the world’s largest Renminbi (RMB) FX spot trading hub.

The UK also ranks first in Europe and non-Muslim-majority nations for Islamic finance.


of international debt issuance in 2022

makes the UK the leading centre for international debt


UK’s share in global RMB FX spot transaction

the largest hub in the world


of the outstanding value of international bank lending

The UK is the world's largest centre for cross-border banking

London RMB Business Quarterly

The City of London Corporation RMB initiative is an industry-led group to discuss and explore ways to strengthen London RMB business.

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A future-ready banking system

The UK banking sector is a dynamic mix of wholesale banks, retail banks and challenger banks. Fintech innovation is bringing new competition and more propositions to the banking sector. On the wholesale side, banks are adopting new technologies like blockchain. On the retail side, digital banking featuring lower cost and convenience is becoming mainstream.

A new breed of customer is now demanding seamless digital delivery, excellence in customer service and greater personalisation. The impact of technology will continue to grow. Automation and artificial intelligence will deliver increased cost savings and improved operating efficiency.

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Most mature open banking market in Europe

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9 out of 10

UK customers choose to transact digitally

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Natwest Group

Natwest Group

"London is extremely important because it is an international hub not just for finance but increasingly also for tech and other industries."

Omar Majid, Director Salonica Group

"London is a magnet to companies and international banks seeking to sell their products and services across the EU – its role, global influence and diversity are unmatched by any other city. It is an excellent centre from which to expand our EMEA presence more broadly, and our interaction with North America."

Xinhan Xia, Chief Executive China International Capital Corporation

"London is the most important European centre of real estate trading and also the most important centre for the asset management industry. So the only place where our innovation could ever have been proven as a concept was here in the UK."

Roger Clarke, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets IPSX

Everything you need

The UK offers you everything you need to grow your business.

We have a global outlook, which means we understand your business needs. The depth and breadth of our offer mean unparalleled opportunities for you to grow. Innovation is what we do - creating an inspirational ecosystem where you can thrive. 

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