Evolve UKA Market in Evolution

The New UK: A Market in Evolution

Evolve UK is an Enterprise Ireland response to the new UK – a market in evolution, yet one that remains of vital strategic importance to Irish companies with growth ambition.

UK Market Webinars

The Evolve UK webinar series shares key insights from sectoral experts to help existing and new exporters identify opportunities and inform their market strategy.

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Market Overview

The UK is an economic powerhouse and is currently the world’s sixth largest national economy valued at €2.36 trillion. It is a leader and benchmark for other countries in sectors like financial services, retail, construction, and offshore wind. 

6th Largest Economy in the World

66.57m Population

€1bn Bilateral Trading Weekly

The New UK

On the 1st of January 2021 the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement came into being, changing the relationship between Ireland and the UK. This agreement set out a number of changes. However, we can expect further changes and developments over the months and years ahead as the UK refines and adjusts its regulatory framework and enters into new free trade agreements. This will change how sectors operate leading to potential opportunities or new market conditions for Irish companies.

It is important also that Irish companies continue to look at other drivers of change in the UK like an accelerated response to climate change, digital disruption, changes in demographics etc

As new regulations are proposed and sectors evolve, we will continue to share updated insights, guides, and webinars, assisting Irish companies to succeed in the UK Market. Follow our Enterprise Ireland UK LinkedIn page to keep up to date as the new UK continues to develop.

Why the UK?

The UK remains a highly attractive market for Irish exporters to start and scale based on its size, proximity, common language, business and legal systems, as well as the deeply integrated supply chains and networks.

The World Bank describes the UK as one of the most successful nations in terms of the application of the rule of law, control of corruption, government effectiveness, and regulatory quality, placing it number 8 on their ease of doing business rankings for 2020.

The relationship between Ireland and the UK is evolving but the UK will remain a vital strategic partner for Irish companies. The UK market presents many opportunities and is a leader and benchmark for other countries in sectors like Financial Services, Retail, Construction and Offshore Wind.

  • Largest Offshore Wind Sector
  • 2nd largest Aerospace industry in the world.
  • 3rd largest E-Commerce market in the world

How we can help

If you’re looking to get started in the UK, Enterprise Ireland’s Market Research Centre offers client companies access to valuable market intelligence, including, reports, guides and sector specific information, helping you to explore opportunities and compete in the UK market.

The UK is a market where Enterprise Ireland has been present and active in for many decades. Our team of Market Experts on the ground in London and Manchester are locally connected to the market opportunities, knowledgeable on the business environment and engaged with our clients to support scaled and sustained growth.

Our team is committed to helping you succeed in the UK market and have an immense wealth of knowledge across a range of sectors:

Manufacturing & Local Authorities, Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Construction & Infrastructure, Consumer/Retail, Digital Technologies, Cleantech & renewable energy, Financial Services/Fintech, Software & Services, Agriculture, Materials Handling & Waste, Life Sciences & Healthcare.

For sector specific queries, contact our UK Market Experts here.

Contact the UK team at EIUK@Enterprise-Ireland.com

London Office
Deirdre McPartlin


Enterprise Ireland London Office
2nd Floor, Shaftesbury House
151 Shaftesbury Avenue
London WC2H 8AL

00 44 207 438 8722

Manchester Office
Laura Brocklebank


Enterprise Ireland Manchester Office
Lowry House
17 Marble Street
M2 3AW

00 44 161 638 8717