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    UK PHOTOVOLTAICS SECTORA guide to world-class products and services

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    UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that helps UKbased companies succeed in international markets. We assist overseascompanies to bring high quality investment to t he UK's vibrant economy.

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    The UK Photovoltaics Sector

    A guide to world-class products and services

    Foreword

    In December 2007 I was delighted to launch UKEnergy Excellence: An International MarketingStrategy for the UKs Energy Business wi th JohnHutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterpriseand Regulatory Reform (BERR). This strategyprovides a unifi ed, compelling message for the UKs

    energy sector, supporting UK business overseas,and positioning the UK as the worldwide hub ofchoice for energy technologies.

    With the UKs globally competitive business environment and

    its highly skilled, creative and productive workforce, it should

    come as no surprise to note that the UK is the largestrecipient of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Europe.

    Second only to the USA in the world. We will continue tobuild upon this achievement by working with the best global

    companies, in high-growth sectors such as renewable energy

    and environmental technology.

    As you will discover in this document Photovoltaics (PV) hasa bright future in the UK. As well as a developing domestic

    market projected to grow to over 6000MW by 2020, a cluster

    of world-leading companies in the production, includingsupply chain, installation, and integration of PV, the UK also

    has world class R&D in advanced PV cells. The City ofLondon complements this activity with its global lead in

    financial services spanning the London Stock Exchange,

    including the Alternative Investment Market, CarbonTrading and an active private equity and venture capital

    scene hungry for innovative low carbon technologies.

    This brochure has been produced as a guide to opportunities

    in the UK for companies operating in the PV sector. We hopethat both investors from overseas markets considering

    locating in the UK for the first time, and existing investorsseeking to grow their business in the UK, will take advantage

    of these opportunities by investing in the UK. It is our job at

    UK Trade & Investment to help you to streamline thatinvestment process.

    Lord Digby JonesMinister, Trade and Investment

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    Over 500 million was invested in private UK

    environmental goods and services companies onLondons Alternative Investment M arket (AIM )betw een 2000 and 2004

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    Helping your business succeed

    UK Trade & Investment would be delighted to work withyou to investigate opportunities in the UK

    market. With unrivalled local access and knowledge,UK Trade & Investment can offer overseas organisations

    the support and contacts they need to establish apresence or expand in the UK quickly and efficiently.Working in partnership with the Regional Development

    Agencies and the National Development Agencies inScotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,

    UK Trade & Investment provides free, confidential tailored

    advice and support in key areas. It can:

    Provide access to industry networks and centres

    of excellence.

    Make introductions to sector leaders and business

    contacts, including arranging visit programmes.

    Provide information on the UK business environment

    including taxation and comparative cost analysis. Help find land, property and sites and provide guidance

    on issues such as planning.

    Provide information on the UK labour environment

    including recruitment, retention and training.

    Offer information and advice on UK grant schemes aimed

    at encouraging investment and job creation in specificindustries and specific areas of the UK.

    Provide access to UK and European programmes

    supporting technology and process transfer.

    Assist with regulatory issues.

    Make introductions to UK legal experts in employmentlaw, contracts, work permits, immigration and unions.

    Act as a voice in Government for business interests.

    Provide continued support through its InvestorDevelopment network to help companies mature and

    develop successfully.

    Contact us

    www.uktradeinvest.gov.ukor telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000.

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    In the UK, companies, including many of the world' s major corporations, plugdirectly into t he heart of global finance, global creative and professional services,global media and global talent. They enjoy access t o world-c lass science andacademia and link into a wide netw ork of smaller enterprises, many ofwhich are also world leaders in their fields.

    A unique multicultural and entrepreneurial economy, the UK is at the hub ofinternational business, bringing the world to a company's door. In short, it is the

    gateway to the globe.

    You too can be at the heart of t his global crossroads. Start by talkingto UK Trade & Investment.

    Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate,neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Enterprise &

    Regulatory Reform, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions ormisleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of anyindividual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned.

    Published Apr il 2008 by UK Trade & Investment Crown Copyright URN 08/813