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Doing business in the UK: making your FDI a success
Simon Hart

The UK is still an attractive place to expand your business. Check out our five step path to FDI in the UK.

Common mistakes US businesses make when setting up in the UK

07 September 2020

For companies looking to set up in the UK, there are a myriad of issues that can occur. Read our content series to learn what some of these are and how they can be mitigated.

Gayle Davies


Gayle is an experienced Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) specialist working predominantly with Northern American businesses looking to set up and grow in the UK and Europe.

‘We won’t need a local statutory audit of our financial statements’

Just because the parent company financials are being audited, does not mean the local financials do not need to be. While this area isn’t necessarily cut and dry, what should you be aware of?

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‘We can issue US-style 'at will' contracts to our new UK hires’

What are some of the differences between UK and US employment requirements? How can you ensure your contracts for UK employees adhere to UK law?

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‘If we send US employees to the UK, they can stay on the US payroll’

If you send a US employee to the UK, don’t assume you can avoid all UK fillings by just keeping them on the US payroll.

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‘Our US parent company will just sign the UK lease’

When expanding into the UK, what should the parent company should be wary of before signing an office lease in their name?

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'Our US team can handle the UK bookkeeping'

Is it possible to maintain UK bookkeeping from your US headquarters and do the UK VAT compliance yourself? Read our article to understand the nuances you should take under consideration.

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‘We can register our UK payroll in the name of our US parent entity’

It might seem strange, but if you’re setting up a UK subsidiary what name should you register your payroll under?

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‘We’ll hire through a global employment partner, so we don’t need to worry about UK corporate taxes’

Hiring in the UK via an Employer of Record may not mitigate your corporate tax liability. Read our article to understand the benefits and risks.

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