With experience of supporting 150+ UK scale-ups to expand internationally Mark Stimpfig, co-founder of GTM Global, gives his expert advice on where to do business in the United states.
Fairfax County, minutes from Washington D.C., is the ideal location for UK companies that want to expand in the US. Fairfax has a highly-skilled technology workforce and a major gateway in Washington Dulles International Airport. It also offers immediate proximity to US Federal Government markets and the companies which supply them.
Access Key Government, Tech and Defence Clusters
Fairfax is known for its defence and security companies. Leading British companies such as Sophos (cyber-security), Serco (government services) and BAE Systems (defence) have North American headquarters there. It is also a hub for I.T. and telecommunications, which includes a large UK presence including Inmarsat, FDM and Intercede.
Recently Fairfax has seen a boom in life sciences with innovative UK start-ups such as Re:Cognition Health choosing Fairfax to launch their North American operations, adding to the rapidly growing indigenous US start-up cluster.
Low Tax and Great Connectivity
Fairfax sits in the State of Virginia, as a result, it benefits from low corporate and personal taxes. While also having all the benefits of being part of the Washington Metro area, including rapid transit links into DC.
Tysons, its largest urban hub, has a diverse and vibrant international community and a great quality of life. Here you can find first class-schools, restaurants, cultural and leisure facilities.
In 2019, 437 foreign-owned firms representing 46 countries have operations in the county.
To Find out More
To have an in-depth conversation about how your technology business can expand into the US market, and meet in-country market entry and business development specialists head over to the GTM Global events page for our next US Expansion Workshop here.