United Kingdom: Resources

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United Kingdom: Agency and Distribution Agreements - a Lexwork International Exclusive

This document describes several specific laws that govern freedom of contract in the United Kingdom, along with topics including choice of law, competition law issues, tax considerations, and international conventions. Prepared by: Bircham Dyson Bell LLP.

United Kingdom: Agency and Distribution Agreements in Scotland - a Lexwork International exclusive

This document describes several specific Scottish laws regarding contracts and distribution. It also outlines the country’s competition and non competition laws, tax laws, import regulations, and human rights laws. Also provided are several useful Scottish websites and their links. Prepared by: Gillespie Macandrew LLP.

United Kingdom: Setting Up Business in the UK - Bircham Dyson Bell

This document is designed to educate businesspeople interested in starting a business in the United Kingdom about the laws within the country that may affect their business structure. The guide covers a variety of topics including United Kingdom corporate taxation, general commercial matters, personal taxation, and property taxes. Laws related to employment are also discussed, and timetables for registering a business in the United Kingdom are provided. Opens in PDF. 

Government Resources
Main Government Page gov.uk
Statistics Office statistics.gov.uk
Central Banks bankofengland.co.uk
Stock Exchanges euronext.com
londonstockexchange.com
Commerce Ministry gov.uk
Investment Promotion Agency ukti.gov.uk

Company Directories

United Kingdom: MisterWhat

MisterWhat provides an extensive business directory of companies located in the United Kingdom. Users have the ability to search for a specific business type and location. Users are also able to sort businesses by region, such as Scotland, Northern Ireland, or the greater London area. 

Trade Shows

United Kingdom: Exhibitions.co.uk

Exhibitions.co.uk is a comprehensive listing of all trade shows and exhibitions in the UK. It serves exhibitors and exhibition companies, suppliers, and visitors. The site also provides a place to advertise and promote events.

News Sites

United Kingdom: Accountancy Age

Accountancy Age provides accountancy and finance news, featured articles, jobs, training & events, newspaper subscriptions, and much more for business and finance professionals.

United Kingdom: Marketing Week

This news source, geared toward marketing professionals in the United Kingdom, offers articles on financial services, retail, motors, and telecoms. In addition to the latest news, the site features a list of events, directory, and job offers in marketing.

United Kingdom: The Times

The online version of the publication The Times offers a business section which provides users with current events and other business news relevant to the United Kingdom. There are also sections of news that provide business news on a global scale, news about UK growth, and entrepreneurship news. The site requires a subscription fee to read full articles, but a preview of articles are given for free.

Regulatory Agency Sites

United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA)

The mission of the UK Space Agency (UKSA) is to ensure that the UK grows a strategic capability in the space-based systems, technologies, and science. This agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. The UK Space Agency leads the UK's civil space program in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge, and provide benefits to all citizens.

United Kingdom: Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) represents research-based companies, bringing life-saving medicines to patients. ABPI researches and develops current medicines to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of helping patients prevent diseases. This site includes information on industry achievements as well as a future outlook on medicinal research. 

United Kingdom: Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS)

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is in charge of improving economic development and skills in the United Kingdom. This site contains information on all of the BIS's policies, publications, statistics, and consultations. Also included are ways to directly engage with the UK government. 

United Kingdom: Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is responsible for creating policies that impact the environment, as well as the Food and Beverage, and Agriculture Industries. This site includes information regarding the policies and laws of these industries in the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom: Department for Transport

The Department for Transport aims to provide leadership to the United Kingdom's transportation sector in hopes of achieving their goal of becoming a greener, more effective transport system. This site contains recent articles and information regarding contacts and available work with the department, as well as news for potential policies.

United Kingdom: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare and pension policy in the United Kingdom. This site contains links to relevant statistics, publications, and policies used by the DWP.

United Kingdom: Department of Health (DH)

The Department of Health (DH) is responsible for the standards of health care in the United Kingdom. The DH sets the framework for adult social care and they authorize officials on what they should spend on social care. They promote and protect public health by taking the lead on issues such as environmental hazards to health, diseases, health promotion & education, and the safety of medicines.

United Kingdom: Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. This site provides environmental information including statistics, publications, policies, and consultation on environmental issues.

United Kingdom: HM Treasury

The HM Treasury is responsible for the oversight and regulation of public finances within the United Kingdom. The site contains information on budgets, regulations, and consultations.

United Kingdom: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is the government agency responsible for ensuring proper use of medicine and medical devices. The MHRA is an executive agency of the Department of Health.

United Kingdom: Ministry of Defence (MOD)

The Ministry of Defence's (MOD) main mission is to protect the United Kingdom and provide a guarantee of security and independence, while also projecting its values and interests abroad. Their responsibilities include information on air safety and aviation, defense estate, military equipment, and environmental protection.

United Kingdom: NHS Prescription Services

NHS Prescription Services is a service that calculates how much pharmacists should be paid as reimbursement for medicines and medical devices dispensed to patients from NHS prescription forms. NHS Prescription Services provides information to prescribers and organizations, making available financial and drug information.

United Kingdom: Office of Communications (Ofcom)

The Office of Communications (Ofcom) in the United Kingdom regulates TV and radio sectors, mobiles, postal services, and airwaves. Ofcom ensures the efficacy of communication and competitiveness in the media industry. The site provides information regarding Ofcom's policies and guidelines, annual reports and plans, and available job opportunities within the industry.

Other Resources

Scottish Development International (SDI)

Scottish Development International (SDI) aims to broaden Scotland's international appeal and to develop and exploit innovative technologies and ideas. This site has information in categories such as: investing in Scotland, finding new markets, key sectors, news, and events. Also included on this site is information regarding international trade and corporate relocation incentive programs for attracting foreign investment and a current inward investor directory.

Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise provides investing information on various industry sectors such as aerospace, chemical sciences, technology, energy, food & drink, forest industries, textiles, and tourism. Multiple case studies, guides, and industry reports are also available.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) comprises a national network of chambers of commerce. The site offers business services, membership information, business news, a list of related business links, and a list of links to the registered British Chambers of Commerce. The BCC annual review and annual accounts are also available in PDF.  

United Kingdom: Chemicals Industries Association

Based in the United Kingdom, Chemicals Industries Association offers articles on different issues and policies, such as energy and climate change in the chemical industry. In addition, this site provides an events listing, news room, and members forum.

United Kingdom: Corporate Giving by the FTSE 100

The Corporate Giving by the FTSE 100 report provided by the Charities Aid Foundation, offers detailed information regarding the level of charitable contributions given by the largest companies in the United Kingdom. The report offers a wide variety of data, ranging from a ranking of industries with the highest corporate giving totals, to a summary of aggregate FTSE 100 corporate giving over the last several years. Opens in PDF.

United Kingdom: Institute of Export (IOE)

The Institute of Export (IOE) is a trade portal catering to United Kingdom businesses looking to expand their services abroad. Topics presented include foreign exchange, traveling in foreign countries, and legal issues one might encounter. While the resource is specifically written for British companies, the information provided is useful to anyone interested in global business. Many of the training services require membership fees, however, plenty of information is available for free.

United Kingdom: Invest Northern Ireland

Invest Northern Ireland provides a single point of reference for all business and economic information within Northern Ireland. The site includes information on how to start a business in Northern Ireland, as well as ways to invest. Also provided are numerous links to useful information such as trade statistics, company info, and the latest news.

United Kingdom: National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC)

The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) promotes biological standardization to assure the quality of biological medicines. NIBSC conducts pharmaceutical research and consults on issues of biological medicine safety and efficacy.

United Kingdom: The Guernsey Chamber of Commerce

The Guernsey Chamber of Commerce is a business tool for locating the companies and people in Guernsey. The site contains information about the chamber, and the services they provide. Also included on the site is the latest news and events, as well as a directory and information on joining the chamber. 

United Kingdom: TheCityUK

This site provides analysis and statistics on the financial services industry in the United Kingdom. They provide advice on trade policy, taxation, regulation, and other matters that affect the sector. Users have access to free reports which cover sectors such as private equity, commodities trading, and securities.

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