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Top 5 reasons to move your South African business to the UK

by Alan Robbins | Nov 15, 2016
  • The UK has always been a popular choice for South Africans to expand their businesses internationally. As a centre of the financial world, the UK has an open and internationally focused economy. Our view is that this is unlikely to change regardless of the effects of Brexit. Below, we outline the five reasons you should choose the UK to expand your business.
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    1. The UK is open to foreign direct investment

    In August this year, the Department of International Trade reported that the UK had a record number of inward investment projects for the previous financial year. This shows that the government is still committed to making the UK “the place to do business”. A focus on emerging markets also helped the UK become the top European destination for these investments.

    2. A path to relocation

    Establishing a business in the UK can also be a path to residency and citizenship and is a great way to relocate to that country. There are a wide number of visas available for business-owners and their dependants. Many of these fall into the range of investor visas, which often provide permanent residency and ultimately citizenship. If you are looking to relocate, establishing a business on UK soil is an excellent first step.

    3. A hedge against Rand volatility

    The Rand has been volatile over the last few years and this is unlikely to change any time soon. Having a business based in a stable and strong economy can help you guard against uncertain currency movements.

    4. Relatively low corporate tax

    The UK has one of the lowest corporate tax rates of the major global economies. The G7 has an average corporate tax rate of 30.21%, whereas the UK’s corporate tax rate is just 20%. These tax rates benefit companies of all kinds and sizes. There are also several further categories of tax relief available to business owners. These include capital allowances, research and development relief, disincorporation, patent-related relief, reliefs for creative industries and marginal relief. 

    5. London tops the Global Cities Index

    A healthy balance of economics, quality of life, intellectual capital and technology makes London one of the top cities in the world. The A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index (GCI) ranks cities across 27 metrics including business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement. Across all of these, London (and San Francisco) came out on top. London also topped Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Cities of Opportunity report in September this year.


    If you’re interested in expanding your business to the UK give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7759 7553 or send our team an email today.

    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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