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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Immigration

Image of EU and UK and a person standing with a foot on each

A Post-Brexit Checklist for Expats

For a long time now, travelling between Europe and the UK has been relatively pain-free. With Brexit on the horizon though, it’s time to start thinking about the various extra considerations that it may cause before travelling.

Education

Studee.com aims to transform the way international students find their university abroad, while addressing the negative impact international education can have on our planet.

Digital start-up aims to improve international student sustainability

A new website that makes it simple to find, apply and enrol at universities abroad is working to help students study in a more environmentally friendly way.
TASIS The American School in England entered the Ultimate STEM Challenge and designed a new form of wearable tech.

International students have high hopes for STEM challenge competition

TASIS The American School in England entered the Ultimate STEM Challenge and designed a new form of wearable tech.
The number of international students attending UK universities grew in the last academic year, with notable increases from China and India.

UK universities enjoy continued growth in international student enrolment

The number of international students attending UK universities grew in the last academic year, with notable increases from China and India.

Short-and long-term accommodation

The global growth forecast for 2020 and 2021 has been reduced owing to rising geopolitical tensions, climate change and slowdowns in emerging markets.

IMF trims global growth forecast

The global growth forecast for 2020 and 2021 has been reduced owing to rising geopolitical tensions, climate change and slowdowns in emerging markets.
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