Women make up a large percentage of the workforce – almost 50% – but are often found in low paid and part-time jobs. Statistics show that women are, on the whole, still paid less for performing the same tasks as male colleagues.

On the other hand, women are more frequently found in managerial positions than in most other European countries and more and more women are reaching the very highest echelons of British business life.

More female managers will be found in service and hi-tech industries than in the more traditional engineering sectors – this is largely due to the small number of women in the UK who graduate with technical degrees.

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