London World's Most Engaging Metropolis For Overseas Funding

London is the world’s main metropolis for overseas direct funding, in response to a brand new international research of worldwide funding. In 2014, London introduced in additional overseas funding and created extra jobs than some other metropolis on the planet based on IBM’s annual International Location Developments report[i].  

For the seventh yr in a row, London topped the IBM rankings attracting 235 overseas funding tasks from corporations relocating and increasing abroad. Paris was the subsequent most engaging metropolis for funding attracting 144 FDI tasks. London outperformed main international cities throughout all continents with considerably extra funding tasks in contrast with different locations corresponding to New York (31), Singapore (79) and Dublin (51).

The report additionally reveals that overseas funding into London generated 11,300 jobs for the town in 2014, greater than the variety of jobs for Paris, Amsterdam and Barcelona mixed.

On a nationwide degree, the report discovered that the UK is the main nation in Europe for the variety of jobs created from overseas direct funding (FDI) tasks. FDI has offered a lift for the nationwide financial system with 49,500 jobs – virtually double the quantity of the subsequent highest rating nation, Germany (23,100).

London & Companions, the Mayor of London’s inward funding firm, helped 270 worldwide corporations set up their companies in London within the monetary yr 2014/15, with the USA, India and China accounting for nearly half of all funding. The capital’s thriving tech sector noticed probably the most variety of investments, representing 40 per cent of all corporations investing the capital.

These figures help the findings of analysis launched at this yr’s London Know-how Week, demonstrating London’s attractiveness as a tech hub. In line with skilled providers agency EY greater than 1,000 worldwide tech funding tasks have been situated in London between 2005–2014, considerably greater than the subsequent most engaging metropolis, Paris (381).

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP stated: “For hundreds of years London has been one of many world’s most profitable worldwide buying and selling cities and it’s terrific that we proceed to draw report ranges of enterprise from abroad. London’s place on the centre of the world makes it a perfect vacation spot for buyers and worldwide corporations trying to do enterprise with markets throughout the globe. Overseas funding is a key driver of jobs and progress for the London financial system.”

David Slater, Director of Worldwide Commerce and Funding at London & Companions stated: With unrivalled entry to worldwide markets, artistic expertise and capital, London gives the world’s best enterprise setting for worldwide corporations trying to develop and increase. From know-how to life sciences, London’s excessive focus of worldwide choice makers and specialists makes it a perfect vacation spot for companies trying to set up a world headquarters. This reality is supported by IBM’s report which reveals that over final yr we have now seen extra corporations broaden and relocate in London than New York, Singapore and Dublin mixed. In 2015/2016, we anticipate to assist much more worldwide corporations transfer and develop their companies in London.

OpenTable, the world’s main supplier of on-line restaurant reservations, is an instance of a quick rising US enterprise that has a London base. OpenTable works with roughly four,500 eating places within the UK and has seated greater than 58 million diners since getting into the market in 2004 (buying the toptable model in 2010).

Michael Xenakis, Managing Director EMEA, OpenTable stated: “London sits firmly on the forefront of the worldwide restaurant scene, making it an apparent selection for OpenTable’s European base. It presents wonderful journey hyperlinks to the US and Europe, and allows us to faucet into an abundance of expertise in related sectors for our enterprise, from engineering to advertising and all the things in between.”

David Stokes, Chief Government, IBM UK and Eire stated “Our report proves that overseas owned companies proceed to see London as a pretty place to take a position and a key place to do enterprise. This illustrates London’s place as a robust competitor within the international market and the momentum the town possesses in recruiting new overseas funding.” 

Complete international overseas funding elevated by 6% in 2014 whereas the related jobs created additionally noticed a 6% improve in the identical interval. The report outlines the newest tendencies in company location choice, displaying the place corporations are finding and increasing their companies and creating jobs all over the world.

Key Findings:

Complete funding tasks: Prime vacation spot cities by no of jobs created:
London (235) London (11,300)
Paris (144) Amsterdam (four,400)
Singapore (79) Budapest (three,800)
Amsterdam (79) Dublin (three,700)
Shanghai (77) Istanbul (three,700)
Chicago (74) Paris (three,500)
Dubai (67) Koln (three,400)
Bangkok (61) Prague (2,900)
Barcelona (58) Belfast (2,900)
Istanbul (57)  Barcelona (2,700)