Countrywide Expertise

UK-wide financial expertise

Attracting unprecedented inward investment, expand into Europe's financial hub

The UK's offer

  • The world’s largest net exporter of financial services, exporting £85.2bn in 2021
  • 2.4 million people work in financial and professional services
  • A magnet for financial and professional services foreign direct investment, attracting over £2bn in 2022
  • Close to half of financial and professional services jobs are outside London with clusters of world-leading expertise around the country
  • 23 towns and cities have talent pools of over 10,000 financial and professional services workers
  • Cities in the UK outside of London account for more than half of the financial and professional services jobs created by foreign direct investment

Inward investment allows your business to expand

The City of London Corporation represents our shared UK financial and professional services sector, at home and overseas. But what does this mean for the sector outside the Square Mile?

Financial services lie at the heart of the UK’s competitiveness. The statistics back this up. With our partners, the City Corporation works to represent the entire sector: advancing shared goals and ambitions, and meeting challenges head-on. And this work is not limited to the confines of the Square Mile. 

The City of London Corporation works with other centres of financial and professional services (FPS) across the UK. We work with regions and nations around the country on their unique specialisms – like asset management in Scotland; fintech in Manchester; or professional services technology in the West Midlands. We share policy insight; learn from each other’s experiences; and collaborate to grow the sector. 

We do this because our shared sector does not exist in a vacuum. In a competitive global marketplace, we must innovate, reinvent and upskill together.

FPS across the UK is dynamic, fast-paced and creative. It creates social impact. Supports the foundational economy. Innovates in technology and process, bringing traditional, long-established services to the forefront of digital transformation. The sector can – and does – play a real, practical role in levelling-up. 

Whether you want to engage with a fast-growing tech cluster, invest in ESG opportunities, access top tier talent or are seeking capital: the UK’s centres of excellence have something to offer you. The following pages set out just some of the competitive advantages to be found here. If you would like to discuss the City of London Corporation’s cross-UK work, please get in touch.

Centres of excellence

Excellence is spread across the UK’s rapidly growing clusters of finance and tech expertise, together forming a network of innovative and specialised hubs. UK cities are home to outstanding talent – highly skilled professionals in cutting edge specialisms.

Enabling growth across the UK 2023

TheCityUK's report on how financial and professional services enable growth across the UK highlights the diverse sector strengths around the country.

Read TheCityUK's report

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Tribosonics

Tribosonics

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Hunit

Hunit

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Zurich Insurance UK

Zurich Insurance UK

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Redington

Redington

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