UK overtakes US as one of 'best countries to do business'

By Isabelle Bell, CA Today

28 October 2015

The UK has climbed to sixth place in the World Bank’s rankings of business-friendly countries for 2016.

The ranking puts the UK ahead of the US (7th), Australia (13th), Sweden (8th) and Japan (34th).

The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business report, which looks at the impact of regulation, bureaucracy and the nature of business governance,  ranked Singapore in first place, with New Zealand and Denmark taking the second and third spots.

The UK’s economy is now growing faster than any other G7 nation. Last year, the UK was ranked eighth.

The top 10

  1. Singapore
  2. New Zealand
  3. Denmark
  4. Korea
  5. Hong Kong
  6. United Kingdom
  7. United States
  8. Sweden
  9. Norway
  10. Finland

Commenting on the report, UK Business Secretary Sajid Javid said that the Government had a target of reaching the top five.

He said: “The UK has once again climbed up the rankings and is one of the top places in the world to do business…This is international recognition of the UK’s strong and stable business environment, competitiveness and entrepreneurial spirit.”

The World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report 2016 ranked 189 countries. African nations Libya and Eritrea were ranked at the bottom of the list.


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