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Opportunity announced for local businesses experienced in helping investors navigate the UK market

23 November 2018

The Department for International Trade has, this week, invited professional services firms to feature in a new UK Investment Support Directory. 

The directory will provide investors with a list of British businesses with experience helping overseas firms set up or expand their operations in the UK who are available and happy to offer help to companies looking to invest across the country.

Membership to the directory will be free and provides a great opportunity for businesses looking to further expand their network or increase their visibility to foreign investors across new international markets.

Minister for Investment, Graham Stuart said:

This support directory is just one of the ways in which DIT is helping to drive investment to every corner of the UK.

We are making it easier than ever before for foreign investors to find opportunities in the UK, supported by our network of HMTCs and global experts across more than 100 countries.

Jon Rawcliffe, SEMLEP’s Inward Investment Manager said, “We receive a high number of inward investment enquiries, last year seeing 76 FDI projects successfully complete in the area.

“This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of the specialist professional services we have here.  Having the opportunity to link them more easily and earlier on to potential investors will further enhance the business support eco-system we have and help our businesses to grow.”

The directory will simplify the link between investors and experienced UK businesses and will ensure necessary support is easy to find when needed. It will also help promote the expertise of the UK’s service sector to investors across the globe.

Applications to join the new directory will close on Monday 17 December. Businesses will find out if their application has been successful in early 2019 with the new directory expected to launch in the spring of 2019.

To apply, businesses will need to complete the UK Investment Support Directory Application Form (MS Word Document, 78.8KB) demonstrating you meet a transparent set of membership criteria relevant to your expertise facilitating investment into the UK.

Applications should be sent to investmentdirectoryapplications@trade.gov.uk.

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