Welcome to the United Kingdom. A springboard into Europe, the United Kingdom is a highly-developed, diverse and mature market. It is a leading trading power and one of the largest economics in the world. The market is recognised as one of the most influential centres in world politics, finance and culture, and is bursting with opportunities for New Zealand businesses.
To find out more about this sophisticated market and its possibilities, download our United Kingdom market guide on this page.
Here's a snapshot - you can find more detailed data in our guide.
|Export market ranking||NZ's 6th largest export market (20161)|
|Free trade agreements||None|
|Ease of Doing Business ranking2||7 of 190|
|Corruption Perceptions Index ranking3||10 of 176|
Getting to the United KingdomFlying from New Zealand to the United Kingdom means at least one stopover. Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines all offer non-direct flights. Depending on the stopover destination and waiting time, flight time is at least 25 hours.
When to visit
Many people take holidays during summer (July to August), which can make it a tricky time to set up meetings. School holidays can also be a challenging time to confirm appointments. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the United Kingdom’s national holidays as some businesses may close over these periods.
Before you go, check Safe Travel for travel advisories on the United Kingdom.
When doing business in the United Kingdom, understanding subtle but important cultural differences can help make the right impression. For example, it’s best to have meetings booked in advance. It’s also courteous to turn up to meeting a little early, although the meeting will not necessarily start when you arrive.
Download our guide on this page for more business tips.
Working in-marketGetting the most out of your visit means hitting the ground running. Co-working is an excellent option if you’re staying put for more than a few days. Facilities vary, but typically you can expect a desk, and access to wifi, printer / scanner, tea / coffee and a lounge area. Some facilities may offer extended perks such as parking and on-site cafes. If you’re visiting the market solo, it also means the chance to work in the company of other like-minded business people and freelancers. Co-working spaces can be searched by city on Nomad List.
Connect with NZTE in the United Kingdom
If you’re an NZTE customer and preparing to visit United Kingdom, please get in touch with your Customer Manager to discuss your plans and possible areas of assistance. If you don’t have a Customer Manager, contact our Advisor Team for more information. And don't forget, the more time you give us, the better we’re able to connect you to the right resources.
New Zealand's relationship with the United Kingdom
If you're looking for more information about our trade and diplomatic relationship with the United Kingdom, take a look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Their United Kingdom page is packed with information, including a list of embassies and details of recent official visits.