International business

Building the world’s best business city

Go to Grow

We have recently launched the Mayor of London’s International Business programme, helping London companies go global and succeed internationally.

Find out more about the programme in this video.

We create jobs and growth for London

We help overseas companies set up and succeed in the city and enable London-based businesses to expand internationally, helping London's economy grow.

Visit invest.london to find out how we help overseas companies set up business in London.

Visit gotogrow.london to find out about the Mayor's International Business Programme.

The difference we’ve made since 2011

£438m

added to the London’s economy

24,254

jobs created or supported

1,244

overseas companies set or expanded in London

No.1

London is the world’s leading city for foreign direct investment

London & Partners’ support helped speed up the process of setting up business in London and gave us the confidence to grow our company here with more people than we originally planned.

Jonathan Jiang, CEO, Lulutrip

How we do it 

We draw on expertise across all business sectors and since 2011 have helped more than 1,200 overseas companies thrive in London.

We have built a unique ecosystem including the Department for International Trade, the City of London and the Mayor of London’s office, and work closely with our commercial partners and hundreds of private and public sector organisations.

Attracting investment

  • We influence decision-makers in overseas businesses, encouraging them to set up, employ people and expand in London. 
  • We do this by working closely with the Department for International Trade and our commercial and public sector partners. 
  • In order to maximise the economic benefits for London, we focus on high-value companies, territories and sectors. The USA, India and China are priority markets, and European HQs, technology, life sciences and creative sectors are our target areas.
  • Find out more on invest.london

Expanding business overseas

  • London is teeming with high-growth tech, life sciences and smart city companies. We run the Mayor of London’s International Business programme and work closely with the Greater London Authority and the London Enterprise Panel to help these home-grown successes expand into overseas markets.
  • Our tailored programme features mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs, trade missions to explore opportunities around the world and access to leads.
  • The programme is partly funded by the European Development Fund and we collaborate with our delivery partners KPMG, PA Consulting, London Chamber of Commerce and IndustryBenoy and BDO LLP to make this programme a success.
  • Find out more on gotogrow.london

The shared knowledge and camaraderie has already led to some great partnerships which has enabled our business to see immediate returns.

Olivia Sibony, Founder, Grub Club
Mayor’s International Business Programme member

Regenerating London

  • The Mayor of London has identified 33 investment hotspots across the city. We are targeting Asia and the Middle East to encourage overseas investment in these regeneration and development projects.
  • Our specialist property and infrastructure team pinpoints and sells investment opportunities by collaborating with the Greater London Authority, London boroughs and developers, and by visiting overseas territories with Mayor of London’s office to make the case for investment.

The London Growth Network

  • The London Growth Network will target foreign owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); attracting them to London, supporting their growth and enhancing productivity by providing collaboration with larger corporates.
  • The project is due to run for three years and aims to assist in the creation of 150 new jobs and provide support to 450 SMEs during this time.
  • The European Union is supporting this project through the provision of a 50% grant, allocated by the European Regional Development Fund. 
  • The London Growth Network will launch in April 2017.

Case studies

Find out more about how what we do to promote London for business and create jobs and growth for London.

Transatlantic tech campaign

A campaign targeting US tech businesses to set up in London

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Box sets up in London

Box is just one of the many companies we have supported to get a foothold in Europe by setting up and expanding in London

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London is Open

A campaign showcasing London as an open, welcoming and united city

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London Tech Week

2016 saw London host another successful tech week, attracting thousands of people from across the globe

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