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About British Businesses in Florida

There are hundreds of small British-owned/run businesses operating in all Florida cities, but few major UK companies actually headquartered here employing local British staff.   [Ask the Consulate for a list of those]. To avoid visa issues, UK companies with a Florida branch usually employ local American or Hispanic staff, with maybe one or two British staffers sent over on contract.   But there are thousands of British professionals, sole proprietorships and entrepreneurs established here, as evidenced by files maintained exclusively by the British Bureau of Florida since 1991.  Said resident Britons work in all types of businesses in all Florida zipcodes.   They have a colossal professional presence in Florida.       Most British-run businesses in Florida are 10 employees or less.  They are not required to register with the British government and open/close/move so current complete lists are a challenge to maintain.  The British Bureau is the only office in Florida maintaining files on British-run businesses across Florida.  A percentage are shown on this website and you will find some,  as members of FABB [Florida Association of British Business], listed in our membership directory:

►  The British Consulate-General office in Miami.   Florida‘s trade office of the UK Government, called UKTI,   keeps a current lists of UK-owned companies with branches/offices operating in Florida.  Tel. [305] 400-6400 [press trade option].  See BRITISH CONSULATES page on this website.  ALSO TO TRADE WITH THE UK from Florida, find an agent or distributor there, contact the Miami Consulate-General.

■  FLORIDA RANKS NUMBER 2 as best state in the USA to do business, according to a May 2014 study by Chief Executive Magazine.  They surveyed 500 CEO’s across the country about the best and worst states for business. The survey measures tax and regulatory regime, workforce quality and attractive  living environment. Texas was number 1 and California last of all.  To nobody’s surprise, Florida beat Texas in the quality of living environment category. Beaches beat oil rigs.  California came last due to its taxes and regulatory issues for business.


Need a Job in Florida?  Obtain FABB’s Jobs Websites list.  For details email your name + City + contact phone
to  britishbusinessflorida@gmail.com   On Subject line put: FABB’s Jobs list 

[Published March 2011 in the Florida column of Union Jack Newspaper by Patricia Kawaja] Still true today!   :…….The British Ambassador to the United States visited Florida’s capital March 2011 to meet state legislative leaders and address Florida’s Senate.  His purpose was to highlight how free trade and reduced protectionism will deliver strong business growth and further expand the strong trade and investment relationship between the UK and Florida.  [Actually Sir Clive Digby-Jones, past director of the UK‘s Confederation of British Industry told us the same thing at a Miami BACC dinner I attended about 10 years ago. The USA is far too protectionist for its own good he pointed out to us, citing numerous specific examples. Hope it’s better now].   Anyway, I digress…: A report just released by the British Embassy in WashingtonDC outlines how progress on international trade treaties would increase Florida’s economic output by $2.9 million and create over 26,000 new jobs for the state. The UK is Florida‘s main foreign employer and the state’s third-largest foreign investor, with a bilateral trading relationship of nearly $3 billion annually.    

  There are over 300 UK -affiliated companies in Florida, employing more than 44,000 Floridians.  Meanwhile, US firms employ a million people in the UK, including Florida companies like World Fuel Services and Office Depot.  This figures fluctuates up an down  obviously so call the British Consulate Trade office in Miami [305] 400-6400 for current information.

■  FLORIDA was deemed one of the top states to set up business, in a 2011 ranking of the 20 cheapest regions to set up shop.   Since many of my readers are from the UK on business visas, or about to set up, that’s comforting.  Jersey-based BIZ Costs did an analysis of 55 USA areas, weighing factors like labour costs, tax burdens, utility costs, travel costs, office/warehouse/business space leasing costs and others key factors.  Florida appeared 5 times, with Orlando claiming the top spot of all 55 surveyed. [Jacksonville was third, Tampa Bay was seventh, Palm Beach was sixteenth and Broward County 20th.  

£   TIP:  WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY?   DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  [ I use Moneycorp myself–FABB President.]   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com The pound is shaky.  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings. To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend you use the services of Moneycorp.  At lower rates than any bank!  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable  exchange fees, like Moneycorp.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:   Moneycorp, the UK company with an office in Florida and droves of satisfied Florida clients. It is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   Moneycorp’s HQ is in England.   Posted by the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005] 

flagman►►+   YOUR UK PENSION:  ARE YOU OVER 55?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?    Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?   For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions direct on [561] 793-1311 or via email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put: “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business.  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.