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

SITU Serviced Apartments Team

Serviced Apartments: the new frontier for professional travel

Serviced apartments are fast becoming a smart and comfortable solution for the modern business traveller, providing affordable high quality accommodation. SITU Serviced Apartments explains further.

Immigration

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Abolish visa limits for skilled migrants, says IEA

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) think-tank release a report arguing that the government should ignore a cap on reducing net migration numbers and focus on types of migration and attracting high skilled workers.

Education

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UK exports: why British education is big business

With the popularity of the UK curriculum around the world at an all time high, London’s International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) revealed the potential opportunities for UK schools looking to open abroad… as long as they understand their marketplace.
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The Oratory School to welcome girls from 2020

The Oratory School in South Oxfordshire announces that from September 2020, it will become a coeducational school, welcoming girls and boys from the age of 11 to 18.
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The Times Parent Power survey shows state schools closing the gap on independents

According to The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide 2019 UK schools' scores are up nationally showing an overall improvement in standards with leading state schools showing the biggest improvements.

Short-and long-term accommodation

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Modest outlook for UK property in 2019

Slow UK house price growth in 2018 is expected to continue into 2019. Wealthy foreign buyers took advantage of a fall in the pound as luxury home sales are up and house sellers are accepting lower prices.
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