Charleston | South Carolina | USA

United Kingdom

Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 761,000 voices, talents, passions and ideas. three quarters of a million people who are globally connected through trade, technology and travel - and locally engaged to craft a legacy for the future.

11 UK firms operate in the three-county Charleston region, including manufacturing, engineering, distributors, and professional services. The region’s growing international community includes the following industry leaders:

Strategic Location

With the most productive and efficient seaport in North America, an integrated rail and highway system, and an international airport, Charleston provides seamless connections to the global marketplace. Our central location, roughly halfway between New York and Miami, offers prime access to the U.S. Southeast. Nonstop flights to London depart daily from nearby Atlanta or JFK international airports.


More than one-third of the U.S. population resides within
500 miles (800 km) of the Charleston region.



local residents have English, Scottish or Welsh ancestry


workers in South Carolina are employed by UK-based firms

$3+ billion

The UK is a Top 10 trading partner with SC

Source: Charleston Center for Business Research

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An international travel destination, Charleston is consistently voted the number one city in the U.S. and number two on the World's Best Cities list by top travel magazines. South Carolina offers a moderate climate year-round. It's geographically diverse, offering an easy drive from the ocean to the mountains in just 3 to 4 hours.

Named after England’s King Charles II, Charleston is renowned for beautiful architecture, award-winning restaurants, arts, culture, and independent shops and boutiques. The Charleston region welcomes thousands of new residents each year–bringing new ideas, diversity and passion to a thriving, international community. Professional soccer, hockey, and baseball teams, college and university teams, and an array of annual races, tennis, and golf tournaments satisfy even the most die-hard sports fans and athletes.

Residents enjoy a lifestyle that strikes the perfect balance between work and play – and a warm climate, culture, food, attractive cost of living, European sensibilities, miles of beaches, diverse housing options, one of the best medical hubs in the Southeast U.S.A.. Visit Living Here to learn more.

Jerry Goodwin

Senior Aerospace - Aerostructures

"We believe our expansion into the Charleston region with AMT South Carolina has created value to our largest customers by providing products just in time and point of use. We appreciate the dedication and hard work that has come from the local workforce and look forward to continued success. We are proud to be part of the growing Charleston aerospace industry."



The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) offers high quality programs of international education to a worldwide community of schools. The IBO, founded in 1968, is a recognized leader in the field of international education. It is a non-profit, mission-driven foundation that works with approximately 4,000 schools to develop and offer challenging programs to more than 829,000 students in 150 countries.

Unlike a national curriculum, IB programmes reflect the best practice of a range of different educational frameworks and curricula. It encourages students to be internationally-minded and to think beyond their immediate environment.

IB World Schools in the Charleston Region

Public schools

Private school

UK Companies

Company Employees Product
BAE Systems EI&S North Charleston250 to 499Electronic security and communications systems design, manufacturing and integration
Belmond Charleston Place250 to 499Lodging, catering, restaurant/bar, spa and meeting services
BP100 to 249Manufacture purified terephthalic acid (PTA)
CEVA Freight LLC10 to 19Freight transportation arrangement
Durham School Services50 to 99Contract transportation services
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.50 to 99Distribution of industrial PVF, heating, plumbing USA5 to 9Organizes golf travel vacations worldwide; North American headquarters
Hesco Bastion, Inc.50 to 99New & refurbished gabion baskets (containers filled with concrete, rocks or sand for military applications or road building and other uses)
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)1,000+Inbound reservation center, plus Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge & Candlewood Suites hotels
Moneypenny20 to 49Call center specializing in answering services and outsourced switchboard
Myconostica Ltd.5 to 9Develops & supplies molecular diagnostic products to aid diagnosis of life-threatening invasive fungal infections in humans; US HQ
Neal Brothers Inc.50 to 99Export packing materials; also dry storage, subassembly, and pick-pack services available
Wabco100 to 249Manufacture of air compressors for motor vehicles and other automotive parts
Senior Aerospace AMT20 to 49Manufacturer of structural parts for leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the large commercial jet market
Serco NA10 to 19Air traffic control, navigational aids
Sunbelt Rentals20 to 49Equipment rental
VTL Precision (Charleston) USA50 to 99Manufacture precision automotive components
VT Milcom250 to 499Engineering, IT and technical services, fabrication and assembly of communications systems
Wainwright Industries20 to 493PL (automated warehouse, logistics, inventory management, kitting, sequencing etc)
Williams Scotsman Inc.20 to 49Supplier of mobile offices & modular buildings
Source: Center for Business Research, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 1/2017

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