The United Kingdom: A Remarkable Meeting Destination

A Sponsored Message from VisitBritain

The Main Building of the University of Glasgow pictured in front of the South West of Glasgow

The Main Building of the University of Glasgow pictured in front of the South West of Glasgow

The United Kingdom—comprised of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland—is brimming with unrivaled knowledge and imagination. One of the globe’s most innovative countries (ranked in the top five on the Global Innovation Index) and a distinguished world leader, it is an exceptional meeting destination that excels in the following sectors:

Financial and Professional Services

London is a world-leading financial centre—ranked second only behind New York by the Global Financial Centres Index. The UK capital is home to an estimated 40,000 financial services companies and major financial institutions. But this expertise goes much further across the UK in other key cities. Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff are also established hubs for financial and professional business services. Hosting your event here will welcome your guests to the heart of global business.

Health and Life Sciences

When you plan your event in the UK, you’re gathering your attendees in the most knowledge-intensive science base in the G20. This country’s life sciences sector is the largest in Europe, with 1 in 5 people working in a science-based role. Investment across the UK continues to boost technologies such as quantum computing, precision medicine, robotics and fusion.

Many of the UK’s best conferencing cities are home to incredible advancements in life sciences. Birmingham, in central England, pioneered x-ray imaging and the pacemaker. NewcastleGateshead, located in the North of England, is a leader in genetic and fertility research, home to the International Centre for Life science village with over 600 scientists. The UK is also making major advancements in cancer research at institutes including the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow and London Cancer Hub.


In the UK, your attendees can work amidst, and even hear directly from, some of the globe’s most brilliant minds in education and research. According to Times Higher Education magazine’s World University Rankings 2020, 11 of the top 100 universities in the world are located in the UK, including the top two positions that are held by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The quality of research coming out of the UK continues to soar and the British Council states that 38 percent of Nobel Laureates who studied abroad did so right here—demonstrating the country’s proven ability to shape great minds and future leaders.

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