The UK offers an established, business-friendly environment, with economic stability and commercial security, all of which continues to attract the very best talent from around the world. The UK has long been recognised as a leading global business centre with a world-class regulatory and legal system and a leading financial services industry.
The UK is ranked 5th on the Global Innovation Index with a thriving ecosystem for turning ideas into commercial success. We have a world-leading reputation in science, research and innovation and are ranked fifth overall. The index identifies particular strengths in our world-class universities and research institutions, in the quality of our scientific publications, the quality of the infrastructure that supports innovation and the sophistication of our financial markets. The UK also boasts the lowest Corporation Tax rate in the G20. In 2020, the UK will maintain its rate of 19% and no withholding tax on dividends.
Companies in the UK also have access to a highly-skilled workforce. Businesses can make good of the pioneering and refined workforce, home to three of the best five universities in the world for preclinical, clinical and health subjects, and two of the top three universities for life sciences.
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The UK has a reach that stretches far beyond its borders to every sector and business capital in the world. The UK is the biggest service exporter in Europe and the second-largest in the world. In 2019, the value of UK trade in total was up by 4.8% from 2018, standing at £1,407.3 billion.
Home of the life sciences and healthcare innovation, suppling well evidenced technologies, products, services, and solutions – offering globally unique biomedical ecosystem matched with powerful research data and the scale of our National Health Service (NHS).
Technology businesses are at the heart of the economy, making cities greener and underpinning the financial, health, manufacturing and mobility sectors. With one of the world’s largest technology ecosystem, constructed of thousands of tech start–ups, built around a strong entrepreneurial culture.
The UK has the highest productivity of major European car producers, a world-leading motorsport sector, and a huge range of specialist engineering consultancies, putting it at the cutting edge of the automotive industry.
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The Government’s long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK was officially unveiled in its Industrial Strategy: building a Britain fit for the future. Across five foundations for a transformed economy and four Grand Challenges (Artificial Intelligence and Data; Clean Growth; Future Mobility and Ageing Society), the Government aims to put the UK at the forefront of industries of the future. It also seeks to not just lead the world in the fourth industrial revolution but to ensure that every part of our country powers that success.
One year following publication, the Government reported on its achievements, including specific examples from the Thames Valley:
The Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce facilitated Life Sciences partnership, chaired by Bayer
Centrica’s Hive Link, a new smart home service designed to recognise unusual activity or changes in a loved one’s routine – all to help meet the needs of an ageing society
With 76,000 new jobs created by foreign direct investment since the inception of the Industrial Strategy, partnerships between government and business on sector-specific issues can create significant opportunities to boost employment, innovation, productivity, and skills.
Key UK industries are already working with Government to agree Sector Deals, which call for robust and trailblazing proposals that will transform productivity in the particular field. In collaboration with leadership in the sector, several have already been published, including those for Life Sciences, Aerospace, Automotive and Artificial Intelligence.