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Will the ongoing recession hamper overseas investment in the UK?

The UK has for many years been a magnet for overseas investment in the banking industry, car industry and the energy industry to name but three. However, with sterling now under severe pressure (and set to remain so for the foreseeable future) and economy yet to turn, despite the fact that the US, France, Japan and Germany are now back on the growth path, there is concern about the overall competitiveness of UK plc.

For a country so small there is no doubt that the UK has for decades punched above its weight in the worldwide marketplace and while in the long-term things should return to "normal", the short-term is littered with potential problems. The UK government has frantically been investing into the UK economy to try and bring things round but despite debt now topping £1 trillion in the UK we appear no closer to a turnaround in the economy.

The longer the UK economy suffers the more chance of overseas investors who may have targeted the UK looking elsewhere. There is much work to be done by the UK government and UK businesses but this will be a long drawnout process and could see more pain for the UK in the short to medium term.

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