Immigration advice for Entrepreneurs and UK Start-Ups

Starting a new venture in the UK requires consideration of how to establish the business and employ non-European nationals.

Whether you are setting up a new UK business, relocating your business to the UK or you are planning to set up a branch or subsidiary of a parent company, an immigration application should not cause you any undue problems. We regularly assist companies to relocate to the UK and have the necessary experience and expertise to ensure the UK start up proceeds as smoothly as possible.

To begin with, you will be required to make an application to allow a senior employee to come to the UK to set up the new UK entity. We can provide you with expert assistance advising you on the procedure, the requirements and what it takes to make the application to the relevant overseas post. We will then make the necessary representations in support of your application to ensure you are able to begin the process of relocating your business to the UK. Once the company has established a genuine trading presence we can then assist with an application for a sponsor licence to transfer migrants from your overseas company to the UK.

If you need a visa to work in the UK, you may wish to consider either the Start-Up or Innovator visas.

Start-up visa

Start-up visas can be endorsed by UK universities - usually for their own graduates,  but in principle any applicant can apply to be endorsed. There are also business endorsing bodies.

Innovator visa

The Innovator visa will allow you to apply to set up a business in the UK as long as you can show that this is innovative, viable and scaleable. As an innovator, you will first need to be endorsed by one of the recognised business endorsing bodies, which will support your application and take responsibility for ensuring your business is progressing.

Tier 1 Investor visa

If you are seeking flexibility to operate a business or businesses in the UK without the restrictions created by the Start-up and Innovator categories, and you have the resources to make the investor visa a viable option, it may be more appropriate to consider the Tier 1 (Investor) visa, which gives the most flexibility to live and work in the UK.

As an entrepreneur, understanding the UK tax regime should be one of the most important considerations. Our private client team can provide all the tax planning for you and your business. In addition, our corporate and commercial team and employment team will be able to assist you with setting up and starting your business venture in the UK.

Recent example of work

  • Assisting a fast growth technology company to set up its UK operations, obtain a Sponsor Licence on an urgent basis and transfer key staff to the UK.



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