Last week, the Hurun Report and Visa Consulting Group suggested that the UK slipped down the list of desirable destinations for high net worth Chinese investors, putting the country behind the USA and Canada to third place. Although Brexit has added an additional layer of uncertainty for the future of the UK, it has too much going for it for it to be discounted as an attractive place to do business.
The UK has been a global financial centre for hundreds of years and boasts an unrivalled standard of education. Its universities generate high quality research resulting in a tremendously advanced and productive technology development ecosystem. Such history and pedigree will not be diminished overnight by Brexit, and indeed these factors continue to attract the interest of foreign investors.
Despite the uncertainty, Forbury Investment Network continues to experience strong demand from overseas professionals interested in investing in the UK across all asset classes, particularly given the relative security on offer for investments compared with many other countries. On an individual level, many investors who come to the UK have an existing connection with the country, the most common being a former period spent studying in the UK, or a long-held ambition to ensure the next generation has access to its world class education.