The 2020 EY UK Attractiveness Survey shows that the UK performed strongly on foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2019, and is well-placed to face the challenges presented by COVID-19 and an uncertain economic environment.
This report maintains EY's long track record of sponsoring research into FDI, reflecting our desire to encourage an open exchange of information and insight between business leaders, investors and policymakers on how to enhance the UK’s economic performance.
For the full findings, download the EY Attractiveness Survey UK, May 2020
For the regional performance in more detail, download our supplement report Trends in foreign direct investment in Great Britain’s towns (developed in collaboration with the Centre For Towns)
For the latest ‘pulse check’ survey, download the EY Attractiveness Survey UK, November 2020
Mark Gregory discusses the UK findings in our on-demand webcast
We launched the Attractiveness Programme in 1997, believing the long-term horizons of cross-border investors mean that FDI provides a unique window on economic trends at the international, national, local and sector levels. Never has this long-term perspective been more important.
The short-term challenges facing economies and societies around the world as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic are all too apparent but, if we are to build a better future, then we need to begin to look toward the longer term and to start to develop recovery strategies. To play our part in this process, we have adapted our regular investor survey to provide more insight into the impact of COVID-19 on the perceptions and aspirations of investors.