Regions in the United Kingdom
The UK consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. With the exception of England, each of these countries has its own parliament. Matters of common concern such as foreign and defence policy are, however, decided by the UK parliament in London.
The UK has a population of 66 million: 55.6 million in England, 5.4 million in Scotland, 3.1 million in Wales and 1.9 million in Northern Ireland.
England has nine official regions, each with its own Enterprise Zone. These are specially designated areas where the UK government supports economic growth by means of special tax rules and government support.
You can find more information about the countries of the UK and the English regions by clicking on the links below.
For some years now the UK government has specifically promoted economic growth in the north of England. To that end it launched the Northern Powerhouse initiative, which has brought cities such as Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Hull, Newcastle and Sheffield together to strengthen economic growth in the north. Among other things, the initiative is working to improve and expand the current infrastructure to make travel between the cities easier and quicker. For more information about opportunities for Dutch businesses in the north of the UK, please contact the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Manchester.