Unparallelled opportunties to grow

A deep and broad offer

The sheer scale of the UK financial and professional services sector's reach and expertise is unmatched - giving you access to the products and services you need.

The UK's offer

  • The heart of the world's financial markets and the world's largest cluster of financial and professional services
  • More bank head offices in the City of London than anywhere else in the world
  • The world's leading net exporter of financial services
  • £32bn invested in more than 2,500 UK companies by private equity and venture capital in the last five years

The largest cluster of financial and professional services firms globally

The UK's financial and professional services sector has unparalleled range – from banking to insurance; asset management to foreign exchange; and legal services to fintech - London alone is home to over 88,000 diverse financial and professional services companies. This makes it the place centre to tap into the financial and legal expertise you need.

The UK is the world’s leading net exporter of financial services, generating an industry trade surplus of nearly £63bn - far more than any other centre. The depth and choice of the UK's specialist sectors mean easy access to the product, service or expertise that you need to help your business succeed. The sector’s depth and scale extend beyond each individual industry vertical to our diverse, world-class tech talent pool and the largest digital customer base in Europe.

The heart of the world's markets

London alone is home to the biggest and most diverse financial service cluster in the world, an ecosystem of over 87,000 diverse financial and professional services companies. 

Financial and professional services expertise is spread across the UK - with the sector employing 2.3 million people nationwide.

Both wide ranging and specialist

The UK has leading expertise in specialist areas and spans broadly across every sector of financial and professional services, including: banking, capital markets, insurance, legal, wealth management, asset management, green finance, fintech, venture capital, infrastructure financing, accounting and management consultancy.

#1

global specialty insurance market

allows any activity in any location to be insured through London

250

foreign banks in London

serve firms and people from around the world

£9.1tn

assets under management in the UK

Only the USA has more

5

of the world's top 15 law firms

are based in the UK

Green finance

A well established leader in green services, and home to the Green Finance Institute

Green finance

Fintech

Over half (27) of the fintech 50 firms are headquartered in London

Fintech

"The fact that London is the headquarters of leading financial brands ... really says something. Overall, it provides a definite advantage over other global financial centres. "

Kapil Wadhawan, Chairman Wadhawan Global Capital

"A lot of things can be done from the UK into multiple other markets ... And the language barrier is zero."

Vinay Kalantri, Founder and Managing Director TMW Pay

Partner story

TMW Pay: 'One of the most advanced markets in the financial sector'

TMW Pay: 'One of the most advanced markets in the financial sector'

Partner story

Level39: 'In the morning you could be having a meeting with the regulator. In the afternoon, with different technology companies, in the evening with academics'

Level39: 'In the morning you could be having a meeting with the regulator. In the afternoon, with different technology companies, in the evening with academics'

Scale, range and expertise

The UK's financial and professional services sector has unparalleled range: from banking to insurance; asset management to green finance; professional services to fintech. The knowledge, experience, performance and talent across each of the sector’s verticals in the UK is world class, making the UK uniquely positioned to provide financial and professional services to the world.

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