Investment Opportunities for U.K. Firms Abound in Fairfax County

Trade and investment between the United Kingdom and the United States is at the heart of the economic prosperity in both nations.

As the world’s first and fifth largest economies in the world, the U.S. and the U.K. currently trade more than $260 billion worth of goods and services each year. Each country is the number one source of foreign direct investment for the other, with the two-way direct investment totaling more than $1 trillion.

And with a diverse and qualified talent pool and access to some of the United States’ top research universities, Fairfax County is the competitive choice for U.K. businesses investing in the North American market. With a strategic location on the East Coast, the 5-hour time difference and direct flights to London make working across the ocean convenient. With a favorable cost of living and proximity to a major metropolitan hub, it’s a sensible and attractive choice for British companies.

More than 60 U.K. companies are already part of the dynamic and diverse business community in Fairfax County, located just west of Washington, D.C. A concentration of government and national security institutions like the FBI and CIA couldn’t be closer. As a result, Fairfax County boasts the nation’s largest pool of security cleared staff.

With 10 Fortune 500 headquarters, leading government contractors, a mix of more than 8,800 technology businesses and global headquarters calling the region home, Fairfax County caters to a variety of fields. With so many universities and research centers paired with a tech sector that rivals competitors, Fairfax County provides powerful regional innovation pulls in cybersecurity and cloud, aerospace and defense, AI, financial services and life sciences. British innovators have made headlines in recent years in life sciences, emerging as leaders with their groundbreaking vaccine technology in 2020.

While international corporations such as Amazon and Google have invested in Fairfax County, those in the U.K. can also join fellow British companies in choosing Fairfax County. The quality of life, walkable urban areas and cultural offerings are also a draw that have attracted Brits to the region. Many British companies have already selected Fairfax County as their U.S. home of choice, including  BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Serco, Inmarsat and Sophos.

The FCEDA has maintained an office in the U.K. since 1998 and serves as a go-to resource for companies interested in expanding into the U.S. market.

The ideal setting for international business success in the U.S.

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Ian Metcalf

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