Give your feedback to government on changes to UK business visitor rules

Give your feedback to government on changes to UK business visitor rules
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Fri 19th May 2023

To make it easier and more attractive to do business in the UK, the government intends to simplify business visitor rules. It is currently seeking feedback from small businesses on what should change and officials are keen to hear from the Enterprise Nation community.

The current rules are that individuals can visit the UK for up to six months to do the following business activities:

  • attend interviews, meetings, conferences and seminars

  • negotiate and sign deals and contracts

  • attend trade fairs to promote your business (you cannot sell things)

  • get work-related training if you’re employed overseas and the training is not available in your home country

  • give a one-off or short series of talks as long as they’re not for profit or a commercial event (you must not be paid)

  • carry out site visits and inspections

  • oversee the delivery of goods and services provided by a UK company to your overseas company or organisation

  • deliver training or share knowledge on internal projects with UK employees of the company you work for overseas

  • install, dismantle, repair, service or advise on equipment, computer software and hardware, if your overseas company has a contract with a UK company or organisation

Full details are here.

In addition, individuals can currently be invited and paid by a UK-based organisation or client:

  • as a professional artist, entertainer or musician

  • as a professional sportsperson

  • as a qualified lawyer - to represent a client

  • to give a lecture or series of lectures

  • as an academic - to be a student examiner or assessor

  • as an air pilot examiner

Full details are here.

Give your feedback to the government

In this year's Spring Budget, the government said it intends to simply the rules:

"To make it easier and more attractive to do business in the UK, the government will simplify business visitor rules. This includes expanding the range of short-term business activities that can be carried out for periods of up to six months and reviewing permitted paid engagements. These changes will be implemented from autumn 2023.

"In addition, the government will consider further enhanced provisions linked to negotiations with trade partners, including a wider range of activities."

If you have views on how the business visitor rules should change in a way that improves or benefits your business, email Charlotte Thomason, Enterprise Nation's head of policy, and we will send your feedback to the government.

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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