Traditional dark grey and dark blue suits are less in evidence than in the past – except for sectors such as the law, banking and finance.

If suits are worn white, blue or pink shirts and reasonably sober ties are typical. In the more senior circles in the City, men will often wear cufflinks.

Women in management positions often mirror male attire in so far as dark suits and blouses are worn – with little in the way of more flamboyant accessories being seen.

There has, however, been a recent move away from this sober, formal appearance and many organisations have introduced a dress down policy which allows employees to wear smart casual, as long as there are no clients to be met on that day. Smart casual is difficult to describe but still tends to be on the conservative side.

The climate in the UK can be very rainy, so it is always a good idea to carry a raincoat and/or an umbrella when visiting.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Great Britain

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton



This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Great Britain. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Great Britain and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips