The UK is the number one Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) location in Europe, according to The World Investment Report 2014, published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (“UNCTAD”).
At $1,606bn, the value of UK inward FDI stock is second in the world only to USA ($4,935bn). This was an increase of 8.3% on 2012/13 and a consolidation of its position as the lead European FDI location, ahead of France ($1,081bn), Germany ($852bn) and The Netherlands ($670bn).
The attractiveness of the UK as a destination for inward investment is borne out by the World Bank Group’s Ease of Doing Business global survey. The UK ranked 8th globally, and 2nd among EU economies, behind Denmark which placed 4th overall, and ahead of Germany (14th), The Netherlands (27th) and France (31st).
The survey rated 189 global economies on key measures including starting a business, paying taxes, trading across borders, getting credit and enforcing contracts.