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United Kingdom

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) provides information and assistance to companies in the United Kingdom (U.K.) interested in establishing operations in Florida or identifying strategic partners in Florida.

Providing Assistance for Companies in the U.K.

If you are a Florida company interested in exporting to the United Kingdom market, please click here.

The United Kingdom and Florida: A Strong and Growing Economic Partnership

The United Kingdom and the U.S. State of Florida have enjoyed longstanding, highly-developed ties in terms of language, culture, education, science, technology, transport, tourism, and commerce. Today the UK is among Florida’s most significant economic partners, while Florida ranks among the top American states for British businesses and tourists alike. British companies account for close to 70,000 jobs in the state, making the UK the world’s top foreign investor in Florida, while each year Florida companies supply (mostly high-tech) consumer products and intermediate goods to British businesses averaging a billion U.S. dollars.

Enterprise Florida assists British companies to set up or expand in Florida (opening an office, distribution center, manufacturing facility, etc.) by providing information, finding suitable premises, recruitment, training, permitting, and tailored incentives. We also support Florida companies looking to export to the UK by providing market research and identifying distributors. Our services are always completely confidential and free of charge.

British Investment in Florida: Accessing Markets Throughout the Americas

Florida’s strong technology base and its global linkages have helped to attract close to 300 British firms to Florida, enabling them to prosper and effectively serve markets throughout the Western Hemisphere and around the world. The Florida operations of British companies today play an important role in affirming Florida’s position as a major business center in the Americas.

Florida is host to various types of British corporate facilities, including high-tech manufacturing plants, research & development labs, information and multimedia production, financial and other high value-added services, as well as hemispheric corporate headquarters and distribution centers. British-affiliated companies are present in most key sectors of Florida’s economy and are located throughout the state.

Read more about Foreign Direct Investment in Florida here.

Florida-UK Bilateral Merchandise Trade

Florida-UK Bilateral Merchandise Trade

Both the United Kingdom and Florida are major international trading entities and enjoy a well-developed and growing bilateral trading relationship.

  • A Vital Trade Relationship: The United Kingdom ranks fifteenth globally and fourth in Europe among Florida’s merchandise trading partners, with total bilateral trade in 2019 reaching $3.5 billion.
  • Dramatic Growth in Bilateral Trade: The total merchandise trade volume between the United Kingdom and Florida has grown by more than a third over the past decade.
Leading British Imports From Florida

Leading British Imports From Florida

Imports (Millions USD)

  1. Coin – 35.3
  2. Fuel Wood – 60.3
  3. Paintings, Drawings, Art – 77.3
  4. Optical Fibers and Bundles – 117.6
  5. Aircraft – 157
Leading British Exports To Florida

Leading British Exports To Florida

Exports (Millions USD)

  1. Parts of Balloons Etc. – 95.8
  2. Yachts and Other Vessels – 132.8
  3. Motor Cars and Vehicles – 173.9
  4. Beverages, Spirits, Vinegar – 222.8
  5. Turbojets and Turbines – 560
UK Investment In Florida

UK Investment In Florida

Select British-Owned Companies with Operations in Florida

U.K. Parent Company – Florida Subsidiary Company

  • AON PLC (Professional Services AON PLC (Professional Services) – Aon Hewitt
  • BAE Systems, PLC (Aerospace) – BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems
  • Barclays Bank (Financial Services) – Barclays Bank
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International (Professional Services) – Deloitte
  • Diageo PLC (Beverages) – Diageo North America
  • EY Ernst & Young Global Limited (Professional Services) – Ernst & Young
  • HSBC Holdings PLC (Financial Services) – HSBC Bank USA, N.A.
  • Princess Yachts International PLC (Manufacturing) – Princess Yachts
Florida Companies In The UK

Florida Companies In The UK

Florida-headquartered companies in a variety of industry sectors have operations in the U.K., including these well-known corporations:

  • B/E Aerospace, Inc. (Aerospace)
  • Brightstar Corporation (Services)
  • Claire’s Stores (Retail)
  • Citrix Systems, Inc. (Software)
  • Fresh Del Monte Produce, Inc. (Produce)
  • Hard Rock Café International (Leisure)
  • Hertz Global Inc. (Car/Equipment Rental)
  • Jabil, Inc. (Electronics)
  • Office Depot, Inc. (Retail)
  • Sitel Worldwide Corp. (Customer Exp.)
  • Sun Capital Partners, Inc. (Fin. Services)
  • UTC Climate, Controls & Security (Safety)
Global Connectivity/ Gateway Economy
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Global Connectivity/ Gateway Economy

  • In 2018, 1,498,000 people visited Florida from the United Kingdom. They accounted for 10% of total international visitors to Florida.
  • The United Kingdom ranks second in number of visitors to Florida.
  • The British consulate in Miami estimates that 400,000 British expats live in Florida.
Community and Culture – Cultural Ties
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Community and Culture – Cultural Ties

Florida has three strong Sister City partnerships in existence with the UK. These partnerships include Lauderdale By The Sea’s Sister City partnershipwith Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom, Mount Dora’s Sister City partnership with Forres, Scotland, United Kingdom, and Sarasota’s Sister City Partnership with Dunfermline, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Shared Historical and Cultural Heritage
Britain’s cultural connections with Florida go back several centuries, and indeed in colonial days, the Union Jack for a time flew over the entire Florida Territory. Today, Florida acts as a magnet for British business executives, scholars, students, artists, and tourists alike. There are extensive educational, cultural, and technical exchange programs between organizations in the United Kingdom and those in Florida, as well as numerous British-American clubs throughout Florida.

Our Location and Contact
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Our Location and Contact

Enterprise Florida – U.K. & Ireland
Yassin Nahi
Stephen Street
London W1T 1AN
United Kingdom

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Let’s Connect. We’re here to help.

Sophie-Lou Arcese Le Nir Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) Rep in the U.K. & Ireland +44 (0) 7 881 79 96 57
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