International trade and investment

Our international strategy aims to secure the UK’s status as the world-leading international financial centre.

Thecityuk International Trade And Investment
“It has been great to have the opportunity to talk to TheCityUK about our ambitious plans to create a cat’s cradle of trade deals across the world, with advanced services and digital chapters.” Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

A key priority of our strategy is to contribute to the development of an independent UK trade and investment policy that promotes the international growth of member firms and advances the UK’s world-leading position in financial and related professional services. With the support of our International Trade and Investment Group, we do this by:

  • encouraging collaboration between industry, government and regulators to promote the UK’s international competitiveness, grow the UK’s share in global financial and professional services’ markets, and build new capabilities in key areas of future growth
  • developing and maintaining bilateral trade and investment relationships with major trading partners and countries which present significant opportunities for UK-based companies
  • ensuring these key relationships help deliver UK ambitions in plurilateral and multilateral contexts, influencing the future shape of the UK’s regulatory, legal and tax regimes and the approach of its regulatory and supervisory authorities; this includes the evolution of the frameworks affecting businesses as they adapt to technological, environmental and social change
  • developing potential opportunities for the industry in developed, emerging and niche markets
  • supporting key market initiatives and services trade
  • continuing to be a partner to UK Government efforts to deepen economic relationships with key markets such as the US, China, Switzerland, Japan and Singapore
  • drawing on work of the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) on international standards and multilateral/cross-cutting regulatory issues across different markets to advise the work of the Market Advisory Groups.

Read our international strategy

Making the UK the leading global financial centre: An international straegy for the UK-based financial and related professional services industry

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