Investment Incentives in the U.K.

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Incentives or guarantees

Forms of Aid
The Invest in Britain Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade provides its services in order to inform foreign companies on aids to set up in Great Britain. Companies zones have been created to encourage industrial and commercial development. These zones allow companies to benefit from tax exemptions. Companies can contact the Department of Trade and Industry to obtain further details relating to the different regions.


The main form of support is the Selective Finance for Investment scheme in England, which aims to encourage significant investment in projects that lead to long-term improvements in productivity, skills and employment. It is a discretionary grant that may be offered to overseas companies (and UK owned companies) opening a new operation, or expanding/ modernising an existing operation in an Assisted Area. It is available to both manufacturing and service projects meeting certain criteria. See

Privileged Domains
Services, R&D.
Privileged Geographical Zones
There are 6 Free Zones: Liverpool Free Zone, Prestwick Airport Free Zone, Ronaldsway Airport Free Zone (Ballasala, Isle of Man), Southampton Free Zone, Tilbury Free Zone, Port of Sheerness Free Zone.
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Tax incentives offered to foreign investors

Special tax treatments
There are a number of grants and assistance available to businesses in the UK. Certain qualifying research and development revenue expenditure qualifies for 175% tax relief if incurred by small and medium sized companies. 130% relief may also be available for large companies. In the enterprise zones (development areas) an initial allowance of 100% is also available for commercial buildings. For more information on tax incentive programs you can consult UK Trade & Investment and Manchester Investment Development Agency Service (MIDAS).

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