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Moving to the UK? Take your business with you

by Alan Robbins | Jul 11, 2017
  • Many South African business owners sell their businesses when emigrating to the UK, which may not always be necessary. By moving your operations with you, not only will you diversify your operations, but you could also potentially grow your profits.

    Why the UK could be perfect for your business

    The UK is an excellent location if you have aspirations of breaking into an international market. In recent years, London has been one of the most attractive locations for start-ups or SMEs looking to move or expand to more business-friendly shores. As an international business hub, London is filled with investment and entrepreneurial opportunities to grow and expand your company in the UK and beyond.

    Compared to other developed countries, the UK is particularly business-friendly when it comes to taxes: Corporate Tax in the UK is only 19%, compared to Germany’s 33%, France (34%), Australia (27%) and the USA (35%). Lower taxes and a generally business-friendly legislative framework are big wins for anyone thinking about setting up a business in a new market.

    In addition to this, the UK workforce is highly-skilled, which means that, should you start hiring employees, you’ll be able to find the candidate you need.

    Breaking into the UK will present you with new opportunities to develop relationships with international suppliers and partners. If you wish, you can leave your South African business running and expand into the UK as either a branch or subsidiary, while enjoying the added benefit of diversifying your earnings into Pounds, as well as Rands. This will also help you hedge against volatile currency movements both in your new home and in South Africa.

    Get the right help

    Expanding your business to the UK can seem like quite a daunting task but with the right advice and help, the process can be less stressful. Not knowing local company rules and legislation could make things tough for you and your business. If you really want to make a success of your business expansion or relocation, you’re going to need a team of UK-based financial experts you can trust.

    Not only will we help you with your business, we can also help you, and your family, move yourselves to the UK. Our UK visa experts specialise in helping families move to the UK on partner visas, work permits and investor visas. We pride ourselves on giving you a comprehensive solution so that you can better take your business forward.

    We’ve gained valuable experience over almost two decades consulting entrepreneurs looking to internationalise their businesses. With offices in London, Cape Town and Johannesburg, we’ve got the local knowledge South Africans need to make a success of their expansion.

    Expand your business. Contact one of our UK business relocation advisors +44 (0) 20 7759 7553 or email us on for more information.

    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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