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This section combines economic and political background with up-to-the-minute business and enterprise news and analysis, to help you keep your organisation on the road to success, whether you are planning to expand into new global markets, set up a business in a new location, or relocate an existing office or operation. Through news, articles and other resources, it covers such hot topics as trends, key industry sectors and locations (including emerging markets), infrastructure, transport, commercial and residential property, inward investment, mergers and acquisitions, and major business and enterprise conferences.

As plans for the UK’s exit from the European Union take shape, it will keep you informed of the latest developments and their implications for global mobility, international assignments, and companies around the world.

For detailed coverage of specific topics, see our Brexit, Corporate Finance, Commercial Property, Residential Property, International Assignments and Mobility Industry sections. For details of organisations in the global mobility industry that provide commercial removals and storage, as well as a range of support services for corporate relocations, see our Directory. Keep informed by subscribing to our newsletters and other publications. Read less

Global

China skyline dark clouds

Trump and debt cast shadows over Chinese economy

China's economic growth in 2016 amounted to 6.7 per cent according to official data from Beijing, released amid fears of a future downturn if a trade war with President Donald Trump's America materialises.
QinetiQ targets drones in takeover

QinetiQ targets drones in £57 million takeover

Auto and aeroplane parts maker Meggitt Target systems has sold its target drone division to QinetiQ as part of a plan to re-focus on business of scale.
Almost half of US companies eyeing Brexit move

'Almost half of US companies eyeing Brexit moves' – survey

Over 40 per cent of American companies with a UK base are considering relocating at least partly due to fears of a hard Brexit, says survey from global law firm Gowling WLG.

UK Inward Investment

Severn Bridge in the morning

Cardiff beats London in Global Cities’ Talent Competitiveness Index

Quality of life, R&D investment, education and infrastructure combined to see Cardiff claim the UK's highest place in a new global index examining the talent competitiveness of major world cities.
Snapchat icon on iPhone home screen

Snapchat chooses London as HQ for global expansion

Snapchat’s IPO could be the largest in history, as parent company, Snap Group Limited, announces London as the base for its international HQ.
Winchester cathedral

Halifax Quality of Life Survey 2016: Winchester UK’s best place to live

Hampshire’s cathedral city, Winchester, moved up three places from its 2015 ranking to take the top spot in the bank’s latest annual best place to live audit.

Infrastructure

Swansea Bay with Welsh Dragon

Review backs world’s first tidal lagoon project

An independent review commissioned by the UK government has found that the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project could put the UK at the global forefront for alternative energy technology.
Anti-fracking campaigners lose shale gas challenge

Anti-fracking campaigners lose shale gas challenge

Campaigners fighting against the decision to grant planning permission for a fracking operation for shale gas at Kirby Misperton have been refused a judicial review.
Jaguar Land Rover drives UK plans for electric cars

Jaguar Land Rover drives UK plans for electric cars

10,000 new jobs in the Midlands and a new 60-acre site have been outlined as a possibility by Jaguar Land Rover, if the government agrees to its investment requirements.

Political Climate

London banks skyline

London banks gear up post-Brexit plans to move abroad

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will leave the Single Market once Brexit takes place, several London banks are firming up plans to relocate staff overseas.
UK visa immigration

CBI launches plan for ‘sensible’ post-Brexit migration

The UK’s foremost business group has set out its priorities for achieving a “sensible” immigration programme that would enable companies to recruit and retain overseas talent in a post-Brexit Britain.
UK job search

UK jobless total falls to lowest since 2006

The UK’s unemployment total has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, according to official from the Office for National Statistics.

David Sapsted Reports

uk map magnifying glass

North-South house price gap ‘could narrow in 2017’

The gaping North-South gap in UK property prices could begin to narrow during 2017 as buyers eye more affordable cities outside London and SE England, according to the latest Hometrack UK Cities House Price Index.
China skyline dark clouds

Trump and debt cast shadows over Chinese economy

China's economic growth in 2016 amounted to 6.7 per cent according to official data from Beijing, released amid fears of a future downturn if a trade war with President Donald Trump's America materialises.
Former chief reporter at The Times and news editor and New York correspondent for The Telegraph among other journals, David Sapsted writes sharply observed news for Re:locate.
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Analysis

Oil refinery

Powerhouse economies to profit as oil prices plummet

The price of oil has fallen by more than 20 per cent since June. It sounds like good news for anyone who wants to be mobile, implying as it does cheaper petrol or air fares.
flags of China and USA

China’s economy takes the lead – but the US profits

China has overtaken the United States to become the world’s biggest economy, according to the International Monetary Fund.
Ray Furlong is Multimedia Editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He spent 17 years at the BBC as a World Service presenter and foreign correspondent. For Re:locate he writes exclusive analysis of international affairs.
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