United Kingdom

Brexit uncertainties notwithstanding, the UK and its constituent countries, England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, continue to attract inward investment from across the world. The UK is also a major player in terms of global mobility, often being ranked in the top three as a destination for relocation and international assignments. Read more

Though UK manufacturing has been in decline for several decades, it remains a significant contributor to the economy, with the automobile and aerospace sectors particularly prominent.

As well as being a magnet for tourists, the country’s capital, London, is major financial centre and a top performer in global business league tables. Several other UK cities and regions, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, the Midlands and the South East, are also hubs for foreign direct investment (FDI). However, those managing talent mobility or setting up a business or a branch office in the UK will encounter a number of challenges, in areas ranging from compliance (including tax and immigration) to finding short- or long-term accommodation for relocating employees (including property to rent or buy).

In this section, we bring you up-to-the-minute news, articles, tools and resources, to help you achieve your business objectives and goals. With contributions from experts across global mobility and the relocation industry, we analyse the latest trends in UK relocation and global mobility (inbound, outbound and domestic), including the effects of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, demographic changes, and infrastructure developments like the HS2 rail project.

We look at everything from key relocation destinations and industry sectors to talent management and finding commercial property, as well as the full spectrum of employee and family support topics, including education and international schools, and serviced apartments.

There’s plenty of practical advice, support and information for HR and global managers responsible for international assignments, and for those setting up a business or a company office in the UK.

See also our Enterprise and Mobility Industry sections. For details of suppliers of international assignment and recruitment services, as well as destination services providers and relocation management companies that support businesses on the move, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications, and look out for details of our latest study tours and fact-finding missions to destinations across the UK and Europe.

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News and features

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Virtual School – the mobility industry’s best kept secret

Discover why online schooling is proving to be a real solution for relocating families, employers with an international assignee population and the relocation professionals supporting their move.

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Think Global People and Relocate Awards 2021 - the excitement builds!

Excitement is building as we prepare for the virtual awards ceremony on the 11th of June. Here is a sneak peak of photos - plus a teaser about what the judges thought about this year's high-calibre entries.
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A unique alternative pathway to higher education

Should families relocating to the UK this year consider A-levels or the International Baccalaureate for their teenage children? Or is there another way to get the qualifications needed for university? Taunton School International in Somerset now has a unique alternative pathway to higher education at English-speaking universities around the world. Fiona Murchie catches up with Adrian Hallworth, Principal of the school’s pioneering international section to find out more about how he is broadening the school’s offering to meet the needs of international families.
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Businesses applaud UK skills 'revolution'

Business leaders have welcomed government proposals for a skills "revolution" in the UK, focused on education and training for older teenagers and adults of all ages.
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