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Financial & Professional Services Industry

A Hub of Innovation

The UK Government’s support for industry focuses on technologies with the potential to transform our lives. Choose to work with British experts commercialising technologies including:

  • Financial technology
  • Big data
  • Satellites
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Synthetic biology
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Agri-science
  • Advanced materials
  • Energy storage

Why the United Kingdom?

QUALITY

A global reputation for high quality services.

RELIABILITY

A long history of delivering services on time, to specification and at the agreed price.

SECURITY

An understanding of the value of:

  • Stable and progressive long-term business partnerships.
  • Commercial security, vital when dealing with data, intellectual property and technical equipment.

Largest exporter of financial and related professional services in the world1

The UK has one of the largest networks of financial institutions and associated professional services in the world. Such depth of expertise offers an unrivalled diversity of providers to best meet your organisation’s every need.

London: the world’s leading financial centre

While London is the pre-eminent international financial hub, it sits at the centre of a network of other important financial clusters in the UK.


These include Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland; Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich, Reading and Sheffield in England; Cardiff in Wales; and Belfast in Northern Ireland.

The London Insurance Market is currently the largest global hub
for commercial and speciality risk.

London is the only place in the world where all 20 of the world’s largest insurers and reinsurers are active.2

International financial influence

The UK’s status as a leading global financial centre allows us to create unrivalled international opportunities in ‘Fintech’ and alternative finance.

Fastest-growing financial technology sector in the world

Technology is transforming the financial services industry and the UK leads the way.

London employs 44,000 people in this sector, more than any other city globally.3

Europe’s premier centre for Islamic finance

The UK is ranked as the leading Western country and Europe’s premier centre for Islamic finance.4

Over 20 banks offer Islamic financial services in the UK, nearly double the number in the US.

In 2014, the UK became the first country outside the Islamic world
to issue an Islamic bond.

The £200 million Sharia-compliant ‘Sukuk’ opened up a further route for investment in infrastructure projects and attracted orders from investors in the UK, Middle East and Asia worth more than ten times its value.

RMB business hub

London is established as the Western hub for offshore renminbi (RMB) trading, and agreements are in place that lay the groundwork for London to become the Western hub for investment into China too.

Almost two-thirds of all RMB payments outside China and Hong Kong now take place in London and 28 percent of all international RMB payments are made in the UK, the most outside Hong Kong and mainland China.

Commercial help and support

The UK’s Department for International Trade has commercial officers in more than 100 locations across the world. They can connect you to UK capability, and UK Export Finance that helps offer competitive finance to overseas procurers of UK goods and services.

Sources:

  1. TheCityUK 2015. Key facts about the UK as an international financial centre, July 2015
  2. TheCityUK
  3. Bloomberg 2014. London: Digital City on the Rise
  4. ICD Thomson Reuters 2014. Islamic Finance Development Report 2014: Harmony on the Horizon
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