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Living, working and doing business abroad

05 Feb 2018

Exporting can boost your turnover and reduce your dependence on UK-based customers and if you are importing into the UK, negotiating with your supplier on price and terms of delivery is essential.

This factsheet provides links to useful organisations and guidance on importing and exporting, doing business abroad, living and working abroad.

Import/Export general guidance

Import finance (IoD guide)

Export finance (IoD guide)

Further sources of information:

Doing Business Guides

Living & Working Abroad

  • UK and the World (Foreign & commonwealth Office) - foreign affairs information, travel advice, guides to living abroad and other help for British nationals including overseas missions and DIT contacts.
  • 'Living in' Country Guides (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) - guides to living in 73 different countries.
  • Foreign embassies in the UK (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

Cost of Living


Country profiles


  • Statistics by country or topic (OECD) - Wide range of indicators on agriculture, development, economy, education, energy, environment, finance, government, health, innovation and technology, jobs and society.
  • Directory of National Statistical Office Websites (World Trade organisation) - national statistical offices are the holders of data on individual countries like the Office for National Statistics in the UK.
  • Trade Market Access Database (European Commission) - Overview of trade flows in goods between EU and non-EU countries for specific products.
  • Eurostat (European Commission) – European statistics.
  • UKTrade Info (HMRC) - Current UK import and export statistics.
  • What's the demand? (Polish-British Chamber of Commerce) - Allows an analysis of 4000 trade products that the UK sells and buys internationally. This data shows imports and exports to the top 15 markets overall, sales to the world, the EU and Poland. (free but registration required)
  • Global Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum) – Ranking of national competitiveness — defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity. Covers 137 economies.
  • Nation Master - Compilation of data from hundreds of sources allowing country comparison.
  • Tourism Statistics Review (Tourism Alliance) - Brings together the headline tourism figures from the three main national tourism surveys and combines them with key information from other studies and publications to provide an over view of the size and value of tourism to the UK economy.
  • Statistics & Insights (Visit Britain) - Data on inbound visitors.

Legislation & Regulation


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