The UK is the fifth largest trading nation: our exports are vital to our national prosperity. One in four jobs in the UK is linked to business overseas. So the FCO has a key role in promoting our companies and products abroad. Nearly 1,500 FCO staff equivalents are engaged in commercial and investment work (about 350 UK-based and just over 1,100 locally-engaged).
Maria Pia Gazzella, Trade Officer at our embassy in Santiago, is currently blogging about her experiences promoting UK trade. Visit Maria's blog.
UK Trade & InvestmentUK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK.
Our position within Government, in-depth knowledge of UK regional business and a global network make us a unique strategic resource - one that we can tailor to your individual needs.
We look forward to working with companies from home and overseas to build their international business success.
This section has advice for overseas businesses seeking to invest in the UK and services for UK companies looking to expand abroad.