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Inward Investors

The UK attracts investors and businesses globally, drawn by high-growth sectors such as tech and business-friendly incentives. Our advice will help you with all aspects of entering, establishing and expanding your stake in the UK.

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  • Start-ups. Entrepreneurs. SMES. Privately Owned & Listed Businesses. Multinationals. Public & Social Sector Organisations.

    Who we can help

  • UK company set up. Joint venture set up. Corporate Finance. Payroll. Corporate Taxes. Regulatory Compliance. HR support.

    How we can help


International entrepreneurs and investors, start-ups and multinationals from around the world are drawn to the UK, to set up, invest in or acquire businesses here. The UK is acknowledged for its talent and opportunities in a range of sectors, particularly the sciences and tech, and for its attractive business tax rates.

We have welcomed many inward investors, discussed their goals and guided them through the various areas they need to navigate, from accessing incentives and choosing appropriate company structures, to employment and payroll, property and tax.

The combination of AAB’s wide sector and services expertise, many years of experience and our understanding of international investors’ objectives, makes AAB the ideal and dependable partner to help establish your presence in the UK.


To give you the best advice on the most appropriate approach for your entry into the UK, we’ll discuss your short-term and long-term aims, your financial commitment and your current involvement in your sector of choice. Perhaps you’re seeking a joint venture or acquisition, you wish to add a UK division to your multinational group, or you have spotted an opportunity and want to set up a company to exploit it.

With our cross-sector knowledge and experience of working with international investors and businesses, we can answer your questions, allay your concerns and explain the incentives available to you. These might include tax reliefs via the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts, or Research and Development and Patents.


Our support for you begins with our first conversation and continues throughout your UK project to its conclusion, and potentially onto further UK projects. We will bring in experts from all our relevant service areas, such as corporate finance, tax, employment and audit, and coordinate our responses into one seamless, practical and proactive source of advice.

Typically, this might be:

  • Recommending and setting-up your business structure
  • UK bank account set-up and company registration
  • M&A advisory
  • Joint Venture
  • Transaction support
  • HR strategy and operations
  • Employment and payroll including employee relocation and expatriate taxes
  • Accounting and audit
  • VAT and Duty
  • Tax and regulatory compliance
  • Virtual Finance and other ongoing support services

All of this will, of course, be in line with your schedule, with reporting in the format you feel most comfortable with.


You’ll likely have many detailed questions as your investment in the UK progresses. Our highly knowledgeable people are much more than experts at accounting matters; they are also experienced business advisors who have encountered many different situations during their careers and are consequently well placed to provide you with  informed and practical advice.

We can also connect you with other widely experienced experts in other areas, whose advice you’ll almost certainly need, such as lawyers, property agents, banks and financiers and insurance companies. We will only recommend people we have worked with and trust for their good judgement and helpful support. We’ll integrate our services with theirs, to ensure communication is clear and straightforward at every stage.


Communication is a vital element in any project, and effective international communication relies on understanding countries’ differing business cultures and practices. AAB provides this understanding, both through our own experience and via our global network.

We are members of Accelerate, a Business Associate of Crowe Global, and are also the Scottish member firm of The International Accounting Group (TIAG). As part of these powerful networks, we have strong and proven contacts with trusted partners and can offer you access to further global specialists who have international expertise in hundreds of countries.

This collaborative approach allows us to provide you with a unified advisory and compliance solution, project managed and delivered by us. This ensures you benefit from consistency and will always know who to talk to, whatever specialist advice you need.

  • The secondment support provided by AAB helped us streamline our accounting processes and enabled us to produce automated management reports from our accounting software. We have seen real benefits in the quality and timeliness of our information.

    Charlie Parker, John Lawrie Group

  • For me, business is all about relationships, and the quality of what the team at AAB do to support us is a fundamental lever for us as we strive to meet the challenges and succeed as a group through and beyond challenging times.

    John Walsh, Online Electronics Limited

  • The Corporate Finance team at AAB understood our business and led us towards concluding a tremendous deal. The team at AAB were thorough, proactive and efficient showing command and control of all the key elements of getting a deal done.

    Keith Wallace, EPC Offshore

  • Commercially driven tax and financial advice provided by people who understand my business and who care about its success. A dedicated partner led team of real advisors with real commercial focus.

    Derek Smith, Maritime Developments Limited

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