Opportunity

Unparalleled opportunities to grow

Access to the most dynamic partners, the deepest customer pools and the best choices for capital - the UK fosters growth

The UK's offer

  • More venture capital investment than any other European hub in 2018
  • The UK is the second largest investment management centre in the world, after the US
  • 41% of the UK population used banking apps in 2017
  • The world's top legal and accounting firms are active in the UK, providing vital support for growing businesses

Access to capital, customers and talent

Locating in the UK brings firms close to the deepest reserves of capital for investment and large pools of clients, including the largest digital customer base in Europe. As part of the largest and most mature financial services cluster in the world, firms enjoy the prestige of being located at the heart of the world's markets, and the chance to partner with the world's most innovative firms. The UK's financial and professional services sector in unparalleled in scale and ranges from banking to insurance; asset management to foreign exchange; and professional services to fintech.

 

 

 

The world's biggest exporter

The UK's trade surplus in financial services is nearly equal to the next three leading net exporting countries combined

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Exporting financial and professional services to the world

The UK is the world's largest net exporter of financial and professional services, and its lead continues to grow. In 2018, the trade surplus in financial and insurance services increased to £63bn. Exports of £82bn outweighed imports of just £19bn. 

Chart showing the UK's financial services and insurance trade balance increase from £61bn to £63bn in 2018

A vibrant investment environment

With thriving venture capital and private equity markets, the deepest and most liquid pools of capital in the world, and leading stock exchange main and growth markets, the UK offers the right form of funding for your firm, wherever you are in your growth. 

$486,000,

is the average early-stage funding per start-up in London

Compared with a global average of $284,000

#1

London is the largest European centre

for the management of private equity investments and funds

2,200+

companies listed on the London Stock Exchange

from more than 70 countries

£60bn+

raised by more than 3000 companies on AIM

the world’s leading international growth market

More venture capital investment in the UK

Venture capital investors committed €2.7bn to UK companies in 2018, ahead of France at €2.2bn and Germany at just under €1.6bn

 

A customer base of over 66 million

potential consumers, make up the fifth largest economy in the world

A customer base of over 66 million

2.4m dollar millionaires live in the UK

a globally significant concentration of high net worth individuals

2.4m dollar millionaires live in the UK

"When we were seeking investment there were a lot opportunities that we were exploring. Being in the City of London really helps as you have a lot of conversations with a lot of people and one conversation leads to another and gets you to where you need to be... Whatever it is, there is a huge number of well connected people in the City of London."

Gethin Jones and Laurent Sabatié, Co-Founders Skyline Partners

"Access to capital is another important reason that London spurs innovation. We recently listed a masala bond for our DHFL brand (a market leader in financing affordable housing) on the London Stock Exchange, for example. There is also big opportunity for partnerships. "

Kapil Wadhawan, Chairman Wadhawan Global Capital

Partner Story

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation: 'Having a base in London gives us a head start for activity in other markets'

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation: 'Having a base in London gives us a head start for activity in other markets'

China International Capital Corporation: 'It is in the City that the seeds of our future opportunities are planted'

China International Capital Corporation: 'It is in the City that the seeds of our future opportunities are planted'

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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