Business sectors within the region
Financial & Business Services
Food & Drink
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- Business Growth
- Financial support
- World wide offices
- Starting up
About the region
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- Living here
- Economic climate
- Business Locations
Home to the fourth largest economy in the world, the UK has had 60 quarters of unbroken economic growth and is forecast to have the strongest business environment of all major European economies between 2005 and 2009.
The UK attracts more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other country in the world after the United States, with 40% of Asia Pacific companies choosing the UK for their European headquarters. So what makes it such a popular destination for foreign-owned companies looking for that springboard into Europe .
Alongside this vibrant economy and the lowest barriers to FDI in the industrialised world, there are several other major reasons why the UK is at the hub of inward investment activity in Europe:
The British Midlands – The Location of Choice for your European Operation
It’s easy to see why the UK is the destination of choice for many overseas companies looking to extend their reach into Europe.
But where in the UK is the best location for your business?
Ideally you’d want to be in a location with a good infrastructure with good road, rail and air links; in close proximity to the worlds’ busiest airport and offering easy access to your customers and supply chain. You’d want to base your operations in a region with a youthful, highly skilled and dedicated workforce as well as one with world-class research capabilities all of which will be critical to the success of your expansion plans.
The British Midlands, located in the heart of the UK and just one hour north of London, can offer you all these benefits. The region is well connected with 2 major international airports and is less than 2 hours from Heathrow, the worlds’ busiest airport. It is located at the centre of the UK’s road & rail infrastructure. This places your customers and suppliers within easy reach, no matter where in the world they are.
Japanese technology giant Fujitsu is just one successful company that has set up its European HQ in the British Midlands. Its Director of Business Development, Marc Curtis, said: “All parts of the UK are accessible from here, it is a fantastic location. Skilled employees are vital to the future of our business and we are able to draw on some of the finest engineering and sales and marketing graduates from local universities like Aston and Warwick.”
Indian company Jaivel has also opened a European HQ here: “Simple things that people take for granted in business relationships are so much easier now,” said Vipul Vachani. “We work in the same time zone so we are in the office and online at the same time as our clients. We also have a greater insight into European working practices which has enabled us to understand our clients’ needs and customs better.
“We have already received a great deal of positive feedback from our European clients who are delighted that we now have a presence here.”
To find out how the British Midlands can help springboard your company into Europe contact us.