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Investing in the UK?

Great Britain and Northern Ireland are home to cutting-edge innovators and exceptional products and services. Explore how setting up in Great Britain and Northern Ireland could support your success.

At Barclays, we are committed to working with the UK Government to support businesses looking to invest in the UK.

As part of the Government initiative, Invest in GREAT, a new website, (opens in a new window) has brought together a range of support services for overseas companies to locate and grow in the UK. These services include assistance with visas, help to build connections with businesses across your sector, and advice on real estate, tax and hiring staff.

Why invest in Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

  • A world leader in innovation
  • Highly skilled workforce
  • London is the financial capital of Europe
  • Competitive tax regime
  • Dynamic and open environment
  • Corporation tax of 19%, lowest in G7 – to fall to 17% in 2020
  • Flexible investor visa.


Invest in Great Britain and Ireland logo.

Submit an investment inquiry^ (opens in a new window) so that the Department for International Trade (DIT) can help you take your investment forward.

You can also hear leading industry figures share their views^ (opens in a new window) on what makes the UK the natural choice for businesses looking to invest and grow.

FDI in the UK: key facts from 2016-17

The UK was the second largest recipient of FDI in the world in 2016.¹

Top three origins of FDI: Ireland (+79%), France (+37%) and Germany (+31%).²

Top three sectors for FDI: software and computer services; financial services; and business and consumer services.²

FDI created 75,226 jobs in the UK in 2016-17.¹

Why Barclays?

  • Through their Relationship Director, our clients can access over 250 product experts specialising in all aspects of trade and working capital ranging from simple letters of credit to complex supplier financing solutions.
  • Our Trade Directors work closely with Barclays industry specialists, who have expertise and experience in sectors ranging from healthcare to hospitality, retail to real estate, transport to telecoms, to ensure our trade solutions meet your business needs. Find out more about our industry expertise.

Products available to support your growth in the UK

We ensure that it’s easy for you to access Barclays’ expertise and utilise our capabilities through your Relationship Director.

Bonds, Guarantees and Indemnities

Demonstrate your financial credibility and tender competitively for business with bonds and guarantees issued by Barclays.

Trade Collections

Receive and make payments efficiently and securely for your exports and imports.

Trade Loans

Improve your cashflow by promptly paying your supplier for your purchases or imports.

Foreign Exchange

Reduce the risk of the exchange rate volatility and benefit from our sector professionals who can offer you products that meet your FX requirements.


Find out more by talking to your Relationship Director.

New to Barclays? Our experienced UK-based team can listen to your business need, offer assistance on-the-spot or put you in touch with the right specialist at Barclays. Call us on

0800 015 4242*

Alternatively we can call you back or you can email us with your query.

Existing client?

1Department for international trade inward investment results 2016-17, Jul’17; United Kingdom: Foreign Investment report, Santander Trade, Aug’17.
2Department for international trade inward investment results 2016-17, Jul’17

How can we help?

To discuss switching to Corporate Banking at Barclays, call us on: 0800 015 4242 *