The UK is the fifth largest trading nation: our exports are vital to our national prosperity. One in four jobs in the UK is linked to business overseas. So the FCO has a key role in promoting our companies and products abroad. Nearly 1,500 FCO staff equivalents are engaged in commercial and investment work (about 350 UK-based and just over 1,100 locally-engaged).
UK Trade & Investment
UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that supports both companies in the UK trading internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK.
Known previously as Trade Partners UK and Invest UK, both part of British Trade International, our single identity signifies our continued commitment to meet the needs of companies operating worldwide.
Our position within Government, in-depth knowledge of UK regional business and a global network make us a unique strategic resource - one that we can tailor to your individual needs.
We look forward to working with companies from home and overseas to build their international business success.
This section has advice for overseas businesses seeking to invest in the UK and services for UK companies looking to expand abroad.