Number of foreign direct investment projects in the UK 1977-2018, by region

This statistic illustrates the leading destination regions for inbound foreign direct investment (FDI), excluding Greater London, in the United Kingdom (UK) between 1997 and 2018, by the number of projects. South East was the leading region for FDI projects, with 7,355 projects in during the period. Scotland and West Midlands topped the leading three regions for foreign direct investment in the UK, with a total of 1,473 and 1,216 projects, respectively.

Total number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects (excluding Greater London) in the United Kingdom (UK) between 1977 and 2018, by region

Number of projects
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Release date

October 2019


United Kingdom

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The source adds the following information: "The database focuses on investment announcements, the number of new jobs created and, where identifiable, the associated capital investment. Projects are identified through the daily monitoring of more than 10,000 news sources."

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