Business & trade

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has a key role in promoting our companies and products abroad.

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.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has a key role in promoting our companies and products abroad. Nearly 1,500 FCO staff are engaged in commercial and investment work - 350 UK-based and just over 1,100 locally-engaged.


Doing business in the UK

Business in the UK

UK Trade & Investment supports overseas companies doing business in the UK and help them to realise their growth potential.

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Doing business overseas

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UK Trade & Investment can help you rise to the exciting opportunities and challenges that globalisation presents.

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Support from our embassies overseas

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We provide support for UK firms who want to trade and export in overseas markets. We also encourage non-UK companies to invest in the UK.

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Security Information Service for Business Overseas (SISBO)

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SISBO is a not-for-profit partnership between the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

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Export controls and sanctions

Information on sanction regimes, arms embargoes and restrictions on the export of strategic goods.

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