The Home for Business? Assessing the Competitiveness of the UK

Assessing the Competitiveness of the UK

Thought leadership publication based on market research among tax decision makers in 167 UK and non UK companies.

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UK Competitiveness Report

It is ten years since KPMG first examined the competitiveness of the UK tax regime versus its international peers from the perspective of the UK’s largest companies.

In the annual studies completed by KPMG over the following decade, we charted major improvement in the UK’s tax competitiveness and identified the benefits this brings to the UK economy. We also investigated, for the first time this year, the UK’s ability to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) from a tax perspective versus its international peers. The study also includes a closer look at the Financial Services and Manufacturing sectors.

Key findings include: 

  • UK remains as one of the most attractive destinations for business from a tax perspective closing the gap on Ireland
  • UK companies place more importance on the simplicity, stability and predictability of a tax regime than on headline rates
  • Businesses are broadly supportive of tax transparency and the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative.
  • UK is viewed as an attractive destination for inbound investment with political and macro-economic stability as particularly appealing features

About the survey

KPMG’s Annual Survey of Tax Competitiveness 2015 is based on interviews conducted with 102 senior tax decision makers in the largest UK listed companies and foreign-owned subsidiaries and 65 companies from across India, China, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA. These interviews were conducted between September and October 2015 by Gulland Padfield, the specialist consultancy. 

The sample size of UK Companies and Foreign-owned Subsidiaries is similar to that of the 2014 study. 

54% of the companies interviewed had a turnover of over £1bn. 16% of the companies interviewed were members of the FTSE 100, with another 32% in the FTSE 250.

This article represents the views of the author only, and does not necessarily represent the views or professional advice of KPMG in the UK.

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