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6 pieces of advice for business owners looking to expand into the UK

by Ashley Deakin | Apr 19, 2016
  • Expanding your business into the UK is both exciting and challenging. Before you take the leap you’ll need to consider how you’re going to go about setting up operations in a country that is likely very different from your base of operations. I’ve put together a list of some of the things you should consider before you take the leap.

    1. Choose trusted advisers

    To make the most of your expansion, you’re going to need to foster professional relationships with people who know the business landscape in the UK. The impulse to go it alone is strong in entrepreneurs. This is a good thing, but one should always keep in mind that there are people willing to help you in your endeavours.

    2. Choose an ideal location

    Staffing needs, your business models and where your customers are likely to be situated should be the main factors for assessing the suitability for your business’s location. While many business owners head straight for London, this may not be best for you. Depending on what kind of an operation you are setting up, you may want to consider looking outside the nation’s capital.

    3. Branch or subsidiary?

    One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make before you head to the UK is whether you want your operation to be a subsidiary or a branch of your business. Each entity has its own particular implications so you need to know exactly what you’re getting into before you decide.

    If you’d like an overview of the pros and cons of each, you can read this article.

    4. Terms of business

    Terms of business and your own terms and conditions must be UK-focussed in order to comply with UK law. This will protect your business operations in the UK.

    5. Understanding UK taxes

    The UK’s tax system, like most countries, is complex and is unique in many respects. You’ll need to have UK tax experts on your side to ensure you fully comply with Corporation Tax, VAT and employers’ National Insurance. Your UK operation will need reliable accountancy services to ensure that you always remain on the right side of the law.

    6. British culture

    Understanding British culture is important when doing business in the UK. Decision making, and the way business is conducted in general, is quite different from much of the Western world.

    Let Sable International give you the edge

    We help businesses get started in the UK and ensure in-bound UK start-ups have the best opportunity to gain market traction. Our team of dedicated professionals from varied backgrounds have a passion for helping others succeed in the UK. Together we can make your business expansion into the UK a success.

    Internationalise your business today. Call a UK business migration adviser on +44 (0) 20 7759 7584 or send us an email on

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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