Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012
Why international companies invest in the UK
The UK is a rich and diverse market ranging from Pharmaceuticals, Fashion and Advanced Manufacturing through to primary food production and including world leading businesses in Space Technologies Aerospace and Automotive engineering. Whatever market sector you operate in you will find the UK an attractive location with customers, product innovators, suppliers and partners easily accessible. .
UKTI offers free support and independent advice to foreign companies looking to invest or locate in the UK. Our extensive network of experienced sector and location consultants provide market information, location guidance and practical help getting your UK operation up and running. .
Watch some of the UK’s existing investors talk about doing business in the UK
Having been in the UK since 1860, Nestle has a long association with the UK and has invested billions of pounds in it's operations and on R&D here. Watch Paul Grimwood, Chairman & CEO, UK & Ireland, Nestle, talk about why the UK is an important market for Nestle and how it also enables them to do business elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world. .
In 2011, US technology company Zendesk established their new European Headquarters in London. Zendesk is the leading provider of proven, cloud-based help desk software. Matt Price, VP and General Manager EMEA, Zendesk, explains why the company chose the UK as the ideal location for their European HQ, the factors that influenced their decision, and how UKTI helped them along the way. .
George Ell, General Manager EMEA, Yammer, reflects on the key considerations for enterprise social network service Yammer when it decided to move to Europe, the benefits of being in the UK and the support they received from UKTI and partners to help them set-up their business here. .
Simon Abrahams, Head of Market Strategy and Insight Rackspace, talks about why the UK is an important market for Rackspace, how it enables them to do business with customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as the support UKTI has provided to them over the years to help them with their expansion goals. .
In June 2012, Warner Bros. Entertainment, the global entertainment company specialising in film, television and video games, opened a state-of-the art film and television studio in Leavesden, just outside Watford, securing the future of over a third of the dedicated major feature film production space in the UK. The £100 million facility is the first of its kind to be built in the UK in 70 years. .
Arnold Leung, CEO of Canadian tech company Appnovation technologies talks about his company's first venture into Europe with the opening of their UK-based office location, why they chose the UK as a base for their operations and the support UKTI provided them. .
QuEST Global Engineering
Paul Perera, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, talks about global engineering services provider, QuEST's reason for investing in the UK including the UK business environment, workforce talent and skills, opportunities for further expansion both in the UK and springboarding into export markets, as well as the support and assistance that UKTI has and continues to provide the company.
These are just some of the companies UKTI has assisted in either setting up their business in the UK or expanding their current operations.
Logos of companies investing in the UK