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.  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.
►►► ARE YOU OVER 35? 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  793-1311 email email@example.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. NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows, pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes. That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]. As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.
► MIAMI Sir Richard Branson’s latest venture in Florida was announced October 10, 2011 by the Miami Herald. Carbon War Room is a consortium of 5 private businesses, set up by Branson, including Barclays Bank UK, which will invest $550 million in South Florida. This new enterprise aims to bring energy-efficient homes and businesses first to the Miami area, starting in 2012 , with expansion projected later for other parts of Florida. The company says it will cut Miami’s energy bills and produce thousands of jobs. Company aims explained on their website www.carbonwarroom
► [Published March 2011 in the Florida column of Union Jack Newspaper by Patricia Kawaja] :…….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. ■ [In 2011] there were 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. While visiting Tallahassee, the British Ambassador also met Florida‘s Governor Rick Scott. Ambassador Sheinwald stressed that the UK creates the best possible environment for business by cutting corporate taxes, reducing regulation and promoting innovation to stimulate even more foreign investment. The World Bank ranks the UK the fourth easiest place to do business. This robust relationship can grow if both nations keep their markets open to trade and investment was the paramount case made by Sir Nigel.
■ 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.
►►► ARE YOU OVER 35? 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  793-1311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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. NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows, pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes. That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016. Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB]. As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.
►►► + WANT TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY? DON’T USE YOUR BANK! Use Moneycorp. The pound is plummeting. 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. This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say! What your own bank won’t do is save you considerable exchange fees . NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have. THE BEST WAY: FABB [Florida Association of British Business] recommends MONEYCORP of the UK with an office in Florida. At lower rates than any bank Moneycorp 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. TO FIND OUT MORE: Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  207-6616 at their HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions. Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin email@example.com for details. Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you. Moneycorp have been trusted FABB members since 2005.
Need a Job in Florida? Consult FABB’s Jobs Websites list. For details email you name + City + contact phone to firstname.lastname@example.org
On Subject line put: FABB’s Jobs list