Charleston | South Carolina | USA

United Kingdom

Charleston | South Carolina | USA is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 830,000 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.

Many different types of 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.


UK Companies

Company Employees Product
AON Insurance5 to 9Commercial re/insurance management, risk financing and captive consulting, captive management
Arkonik SVO10 to 19Custom luxury automotive upfitter and restorer; North American headquarters
Avista / Finastra20 to 49Loan origination software
BAE Systems EI&S100 to 249Electronic security and communications systems design, manufacturing and integration
Dennis Eagle Inc.20 to 49Chassis assembly for electric (EV), compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel trucks
Durham School Services50 to 99Contract transportation services
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.50 to 99Distribution of residential and industrial PVF, heating, plumbing products USA10 to 19Organizes 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)
INEOS Aromatics100 to 249Manufacture purified terephthalic acid (PTA)
Neal Brothers Inc.50 to 99Export packing materials; also dry storage, subassembly, and pick-pack services available
Omnisend20 to 49eCommerce platform specializing in email marketing, SMS & automation
Organic Standard Solutions Int'l LLC (os2i)20 to 49Calibration standards for chemical, environmental, pharmaceutical and food safety companies around the world
Somo Global20 to 49IT with specialties in mobile, marketing, creative, applications, IoT, VR, AR, UX/UI design and AI
Sunbelt Rentals50 to 99Equipment and tool rental (five regional locations)
VTL Precision (Charleston) USA50 to 99Manufacture precision automotive components
Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP100 to 249Attorneys
Source: Charleston Regional Development Alliance, 2021

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