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United Kingdom

Useful Links

Investing in the U.S.

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Exporting from the UK

  • UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – the primary British government agency that assists UK companies with their exporting needs and promotes foreign direct investment in the UK.

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Business Organizations

  • British American Business Council (BABC) -- a transatlantic business network with 25 chapters and 3,000 member companies throughout North America and the United Kingdom.
  • British American Business (BAB) -- the largest chapter of the BABC with 700 member companies and offices in both New York and London. BAB is the leading transatlantic business organization dedicated to helping companies connect and build their business on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • American European Business Association (AEBA) -- a dynamic forum that promotes and facilitates lively and informed debate on key business, economic and political topics.

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Consumer Issues: Trade Complaints

For U.S. companies:

  • UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) -- promotes and protects consumer interests throughout the UK, while ensuring that businesses are fair and competitive.

For UK companies:

  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)-- BBB’s mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust by creating a community of trustworthy businesses; setting standards for marketplace trust; encouraging and supporting best practices; celebrating marketplace role models, and; denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.
  • British Embassy in the U.S. -- UKTI has offices in various consulates in the U.S. Contact the one nearest to the U.S. company you are having trade issues with -- go to the “Business” section of the British Embassy in the U.S. website.

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Consumer Issues: Victim of Share Trading Fraud

For UK companies:

  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) -- the mission of the SEC is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation.
  • SEC -- The Fleecing of Foreign Investors: Avoid Getting Burned by "Hot" U.S. Stocks.
  • SEC -- List of Unregistered Soliciting Entities That Have Been the Subject of Investor Complaints.
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) -- FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States.

For U.S. companies:

  • Financial Services Authority (FSA) -- FSA is the independent body that regulates the financial services industry in the UK.

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Consumer Issues: Internet specific

  • Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) -- The Internet Fraud Complaint Center is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

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Travel & Tourism

  • Visit USA Association -- Visit USA’s primary mission is to promote the United States as a tourist destination to the travel trade and consumers.
  • Brand USA Discover America -- The Official Travel and Tourism Website of the United States
  • Recreation.gov is your one-stop shop for trip planning, information sharing and reservations brought to you by 12 federal Participating Partners.
  • ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) -- All eligible travelers who wish to travel to the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program must apply for authorization and then pay a fee through the ESTA website. Information is also available on the U.S. Embassy London website.

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Visa Information

  • For any inquiries relating to visas and passports, please visit the U.S. Embassy website Visa Section.

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Studying in the USA: For Students

  • ThinkEducationUSA is a multimedia website for international students to learn about attending a college or university in the U.S.
  • EducationUSA - State Department -- EducationUSA assists international students with finding, applying, and preparing for study at an accredited U.S. educational institutions. Visit this website to locate the education advising center nearest you.

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Other useful links

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