May 18, 2016

Doing business in the UK - a guide to the construction industry

We are pleased to present our guide to doing business in the UK construction industry, a Clyde & Co publication which sets out the key factors that overseas contractors should consider.

The UK has been at the forefront of the international construction industry for decades and remains one of the largest construction markets in Europe. Despite the significant industrial and financial challenges of the last decade, the UK market is now experiencing a period of significant growth and optimism, with strong recognition at government level of the vital contribution that it makes to the broader UK economy.

An evident trend in recent years is the influx of overseas investors and contractors to the UK market. These companies often have diverse operations in a number of jurisdictions, and so stand stronger in times of economic hardship, with less exposure to the highs and lows that affect individual domestic markets.

It is unsurprising that an increasing number are choosing the UK as a place to do business, due to its reputation as an industry leader in construction, its relative financial strength and stable political environment, and its world class regulation.

However, for those considering entering the UK market, the procurement and regulatory environment can seem complex and daunting. In this guide, we set out the basics for doing business in the UK construction industry and look at key factors that overseas businesses should be aware of.

Down a copy of the guide by clicking download on the right.