The Most Globally Connected Financial Centre

Always Open and Connected Across the Globe

Doing business with the world

The UK's offer

  • Easy to do business east to west within the same working day
  • Access to global capital through the London Stock Exchange, the world's most international exchange
  • The world’s most internationally connected financial markets
  • International thought leaders – working with financial centres across the world to shape the regulatory framework and future of the sector
  • A diverse and international workforce

The UK is open and ready for business

The UK’s financial hub has an international outlook and is open to talent, investment and collaboration from across the world - which means we understand you and your business needs. London is the world’s most international and connected financial centre, providing unrivalled access to global markets. It is a magnet for workers from around the world, who make up a diverse pool of financial and professional services specialists, with deep human linkages to virtually every economy globally. More than 300 languages are spoken daily.

It is home to more bank head offices than any other place in the world and to the European headquarters of 40% of the world’s top companies. The UK is physically connected, with one of the most comprehensive networks of flight connections – and digitally connected with 97% high speed internet coverage expected by the end of 2020. The UK offers a creative energy that spans the country’s sectors and economy, a result of its open and multi-cultural society.

We are the UK: working with you

The UK: the heart of the world's financial market

With unrivalled access to global markets, the UK is the world's most open and connected financial centre. We have an inspiring ecosystem where your business can thrive. We're here, and we're ready to do business with you.

The world’s largest foreign exchange market  

The UK handles more foreign exchange that the next four largest centres combined. 

The UK also manages 70% of the secondary market turnover in international bonds.

Chart showing London as the world's largest foreign exchange market

Global investors still want to invest in London

The first major poll of global investors since the start of the COVID-19 crisis shows that 99% are still keen to invest in the city, with 79% currently actively doing so.

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The deepest pools of internationally oriented capital

Home to the London Stock Exchange, the world's most international exchanges, half of whose equities investors are based overseas, London is also the western centre for Islamic finance, including sukuk and Shariah-compliant exchange traded funds. The first western offshore centre for renminbi, it leads on renminbi clearing, offshore RMB forex transactions and RMB payments. It is the centre for offshore rupee denominated Masala bonds.

51%

of investors in London Stock Exchange companies are international

574

foreign companies listed, more than any other exchange

12.4%

of the global total of foreign listed companies are listed in London

£15.9bn

in foreign direct investment poured into UK financial services in 2017

"If you want to access a capital market you can come to London and cover off 60-70% of investors meetings. These are global companies accessing global capital markets - why visit seven cities if you can do it in one?"

Charlie Walker London Stock Exchange Group

"London is undisputedly one of the world's great financial centres. It is important for ING to be here to support and empower our UK-based clients and to be close to this "

ING

"As it lies right in the middle of the global day, London is the perfect location – straddling Asia and the Americas. And there are many other benefits."

Jon Vollemeare, CEO R5FX

Ideally located

The UK's favourable timezone makes it easy to do business with major markets to both east and west within the working day

233

different languages

spoken daily in London

40%

of the world's top companies

choose London for their European headquarters

25%

of the world’s entrepreneurs

report a significant relationship with two or more others based in London

Partner story

Why RFX thinks London is the 'perfect location'

Why RFX thinks London is the 'perfect location'

Partner Story

'An embedded history of trade' - Aberdeen Standard Investment's view of the UK's global connections

'An embedded history of trade' - Aberdeen Standard Investment's view of the UK's global connections

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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