Why London for US and Canadian companies?

Find out why US and Canadian companies are crossing the Atlantic to set up offices in London.

London has been voted global city of opportunity in 2016, topping 30 global cities for economic clout and intellectual capital and innovation.* So it’s no surprise that 8,500+ US companies call London home and that many US and Canadian companies including TableauGeneral Assembly, Airbnb and LinkedIn now have thriving businesses here — each helped by London & Partners.

*PWC, Cities of Opportunity 7, 2016

1. Gateway to the world

With excellent transport connections to North America, Europe and Asia, London is the first choice for setting up a headquarters. A London base can expand your market and customer reach across all sectors including tech, hospitality, finance, green energy, and creative industries.

2. Booming digital economy

London is Europe’s leading tech hub. If you’ve cracked New York or Silicon Valley, your next step has to be Tech City, Europe’s fastest-growing digital cluster.

Tech city: Europe’s fastest-growing digital cluster is in London.

Talent hotbed: London is Europe’s leading city for qualified tech staff.

3. Welcoming entrepreneurs

The UK government is encouraging US entrepreneurs to the UK with entrepreneur visas and a special entrepreneurs ‘capital gains’ tax rate of just 10% for the first £10m. R&D tax credits of up to 225% are also on offer. And the UK’s Patent Box scheme offers a lower tax rate on profits made from patents.

4. Financial stability

As the UK’s financial engine, London is an ideal location for overseas firms looking to take advantage of falling inflation and increasing customer spending.

If you want to grow outside the United States you’ve got to come to London. London has an unbelievable energy, thanks to its incredible mix of commerce, culture and people. With London & Partners, it’s not only a meeting, it’s going to materialise. The bottom line is that things are going to happen because of this partnership.

Shimon Bokovza, Founder and Managing Partner, SushiSamba

Tech Companies Growing in London - Tableau


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How we can help

London & Partners is the Mayor of London’s official business development company. Our expert team offers free advice to potential and existing overseas investors, from start-ups to established companies. We have offices in New York and San Francisco. Our US team also supports businesses from Canada looking to expand to London.

We can help you:

  • develop a business and market entry plan
  • connect with peers, talented staff, service providers, clients and customers
  • find the right location for your London business

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Useful London organisations

BritishAmerican Business

BritishAmerican Business helps US companies set up and grow their business in London

Embassy of the United States

The Embassy of the United States supports US citizens living in London, and advises companies on how to do business here

ACS International Schools

ACS International Schools offer baccalaureate programmes and a US-based curriculum across three London campuses

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