Find sector help

Businesses seeking to open in the UK and who can help

The UK banking industry actively wants to support businesses coming from overseas to the UK to set up operations. Many banks either have offices around the world that help that move or have partnerships with local banks to support that process throughout countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

This toolkit is designed to help businesses seeking support from UK banks with setting up operations in the UK.

Your first port of call

If you are seeking to open a business in the UK and need banking services in the UK to support that, in the first instance you should contact your current bank in your local market, as it is likely they will either have capabilities in the UK – or a partnership with a UK bank which can help.
In addition if your local bank is not in a position to guide you on who can support you then there is help available to you from your local UKTI office and the following UK banks as detailed below.

UKTI support and local UKTI offices that can help

Overseas companies can contact UK Trade & Investment (“UKTI”) for information about setting up in the UK. Your local UK Trade & Investment office can be found here. UKTI can help overseas businesses looking to locate or invest in the UK by offering a number of free services. Help includes:

  • access to our dedicated bank account specialist
  • applying for visas and entry to the UK
  • navigating the taxation requirements and incentives
  • providing access and introductions to the right people
  • support for entrepreneurs
  • market research
  • selecting the best location
  • ongoing government support after establishing yourself in UK

UK banks offering specific inward investor services for businesses coming to the UK

Banks in the UK that can help with your business bank account needs once in the UK

Useful resources and helpful guides

UKTI - Works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.
BBF - Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow.
Mentorsme - Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.
BBI - Independent survey results ranking banks according to feedback from SMEs.

UKTI >>

Works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports.

Mentorsme >>

Britain’s first online gateway for small and medium-sized enterprises looking for mentoring services.

BBI >>

Independent survey results ranking banks according to feedback from SMEs.