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Pathfinder: facilitating global growth

Pathfinder is PwC’s flagship inward investment platform, advising clients as they enter, launch and grow across international markets.

The UK is the number one destination for inward investment in Europe, managing a huge number of FDI annually. This consistent demand is largely due to:

strong demographic and economic growth.

a broad and diverse range of markets, infrastructure and capital projects.

access to talent and skilled labour.

levels of innovation and technological advances.

Regardless of size or experience, entering the UK market for the first time presents an array of options and challenges. We recognise the complexity around UK regulation and the interconnectivity between tax, legal and accounting. Our specialist Pathfinder advisers understand the processes involved, helping business leaders and investors to navigate the journey by drawing upon the strength of PwC’s global network.


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The service includes:

  • Project managing the process, from fact-finding through to implementation.
  • Assessing new markets to enter and identifying potential targets or suppliers.
  • Comparing the tax and regulatory environment against other territories.
  • Setting up the structure, operational activities and registering an address.
  • Organising visa applications in order to relocate and recruit talent.
  • Contractual advice and on demand legal support.
  • Practical guidance in relation to opening bank accounts, securing insurances, recruiting teams and sourcing office space.

Key benefits:

  • A single point of contact, globally
  • Link to local market experts
  • Navigate the unknown and share insight
  • Provide a sounding board to plan the journey
  • Become a trusted advisor for global growth
  • Enable clients to focus on business development and growth

How PwC's Pathfinder network of specialist advisers support your journey

  • Market entry analysis and project management
  • Setting-up your UK presence and registered address
  • Corporate secretary and compliance
  • Legal contracts, helpline and support
  • Verification of corporate structures
  • Transfer pricing strategies
  • Immigration and visa applications
  • Employment contracts and hiring strategies
  • Individual and corporate tax obligations
  • Reward incentives and UK disclosures
  • Tax strategies, reporting and compliance
  • Pension planning
  • Research and development advice
  • Accounting compliance
  • Payroll set-up
  • VAT registration and returns
  • Bookkeeping
  • Global regulatory compliance analysi


Contact us

Matt Timmons

Matt Timmons

Entity Governance & Compliance, Partner, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)7764 958130

Mike Curran

Private Client Director, London, PwC United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 7718 581 101

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