UK - Analysis Report

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COUNTRY ANALYSIS REPORT

United Kingdom
In-depth PESTLE Insights
Publication Date: May 2010

OVERVIEW Catalyst
This profile analyzes the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental structure in the United Kingdom. Each of the PESTLE factors is explored on four parameters: current strengths, current challenges, future prospects and future risks.

Summary
Key findings
Strong democratic system, but the threat from terrorism continues to be high The UK adheres to a democratic, parliamentary system of governance known as the Westminster system. The structure of the administration ensures that there is an adequate separation of powers between the executive branch, led by the prime minister, the bicameral
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A recent study ranked the UK in the top three locations worldwide for eight scientific areas, including biological sciences, environmental research, and clinical, pre-clinical and health research. The UK is also renowned for the quality of its research and development (R&D), and persistently builds on its strengths in science and innovation. The country has traditionally been keen to encourage R&D in both the public and private sectors. However, the authorities face the unenviable challenge of striking a balance between keeping the distribution of indigenous technology profitable and maintaining a competitive advantage. Business legislation encourages commercial activity; however, traditional liberties are affecting changes to legislation The legislation that affects the business environment in the UK has been created and amended in such a way that the interests of investors are generally given priority. This is evident from the fact that domestic and foreign players have shown a continuous commitment to investing in the country. The majority of multinational corporations that are based outside of Europe but have a presence on the continent establish their European operations in the UK. However, the government faces the challenge of maintaining traditional liberality of the country 's society while at the