Investors think the UK will remain as attractive as an investment destination post-Brexit as it was before the referendum on EU membership.


In what might become the most unpopular opinion of 2018, a new survey has suggested the UK could be a more attractive source of investment after Brexit. The referendum back in 2016 led to the departure of the UK from the European Union. Subsequent talks between Brussels and the UK have been mildly successful but with still no positive resolution. The ensuing uncertainty has left many businesses struggling to cope, with investment stunted and business confidence mediocre.

The survey of 300 business executives was conducted by law firm Stephenson Harwood. Eighty-eight per cent of respondents said the UK remains at least as attractive as it was in spring 2016, while 32 per cent said it is more attractive as an investment destination.

The top three reasons given for the UK remaining an attractive market were quality of technology and intellectual property and a skilled labour force. Business owners may baulk at this evaluation, particularly those who have been afflicted by the prolonged skills shortage. Construction and tech industries are suffering the most from the shortage, with job stability of EU workers still threatened by the uncertain environment. For those businesses who have the skilled workers and the technology to advance, this new survey will confirm what is already known.

The overall sentiment from the survey was positive, illustrating a more optimistic attitude towards business investment so far reported. Sixty per cent of executives expected to complete at least one UK deal in the next two years, while thirty per cent said they would consider a deal if the right opportunity came up.


Head of corporate finance at Stephenson Harwood Duncan Stiles said: “This report reflects our own experiences and confirms investor confidence in the market. We continue to see strong levels of deal activity despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

"It's a really encouraging landscape. The investors that we surveyed clearly see the UK as assisting their growth and talent agendas.”

Brexit anxiety has had its hold over British business since 2016, further fuelled by pessimistic news articles and headlines confirming the country’s doom and gloom. While the positivity of this survey may not fit the instances of all, it can at least confirm the country’s potential.

To all those businesses who lack the skilled workers and the technology to propel them forward into the next year, there is help on hand. At the Credit Protection Association, our cash flow management service can free up the cash required to purchase new technology, as well as invest in stronger recruitment processes to bridge the skills gap.

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