Doing business in the UK

Make the most of doing business in the UK with our international expansion specialists

Where there’s change, there’s opportunity. Our UK market-entry team have the deep knowledge and expertise to stay one step ahead as complex business conditions continue to shift.

From start-ups to multinationals, we help businesses of all sizes spot openings and make the most of them. Whether that’s by acquiring or merging with UK companies, or through expansion of existing operations.

Our language capabilities and knowledge of international markets mean we understand the challenges you’ll face when moving into the UK. And our international expansion specialists can help you make the most of the opportunities the UK has to offer.

What our clients say

“Moore Kingston Smith was an invaluable adviser in helping us set up in the UK. They provided expert advice on complex cross-border taxation issues and also provided support on local HR regulations and the tools to get set up well.”
Anthony Venus, CEO, Yaypay

A recommended firm

For many years we’ve worked closely with key trade and investment organisations in the UK to support our clients’ expansion plans.

We’re a recommended accounting firm on the Department for Business & Trade (DBT) UK Investment Support Directory.

Solutions tailored to your business

Whatever your challenges, we’re confident that we’ve got the knowledge and experience to help your business to thrive. To start the conversation, please get in touch with Darren Jordan.


Setting up in the UK timeline


  • Incorporate UK entity
  • Decide on registered office address
  • Appoint directors and issue shares
  • Align accounting reference date
  • Consider global mobility requirements


  • Begin process to open UK business bank account
  • Transfer pricing and VAT registration (if required)
  • Find suitable accounting software
  • Maintain your UK accounting records

Employing people

  • Register PAYE
  • Obtain employees liability insurance
  • Set up work place pension schemes, employee benefits and wealth management
  • Draft employment contracts
  • Draft staff handbook
  • Tax planning for seconded employees

Reporting requirements



  • VAT return


  • Confirmation statement
  • Statutory accounts
  • Corporation tax returns
  • Audit, depending on thresholds


Doing business in the UK guides

Leigh Collins is a partner in the firm’s entrepreneurial tax team, advising clients across a broad range of taxes. She guides owner-managed businesses through the variety of challenges that they encounter during the course of their life cycle. Whether setting up, growing or selling a business, Leigh’s 25+ years of experience in tax compliance and… Read more

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