Ease of Doing Business in

United Kingdom

United Kingdom Download Profile (1759.2KB, pdf)
Region OECD high income
Income Category High income
Population 65,138,232
GNI Per Capita (US$) 43,340
City covered London



DB 2017 Rank



DB 2017 DTF (% points)

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Topics DB 2017 Rank DB 2016 Rank info_outline Change in Rank DB 2017 DTF (% points) info_outline DB 2016 DTF (% points) info_outline Change in DTF (% points) info_outline
Overall 7 6 down
82.74 82.73 down
Starting a Business 16 13 down
94.58 94.57 up
Dealing with Construction Permits 17 16 down
80.34 80.29 up
Getting Electricity 17 15 down
89.12 89.12
Registering Property 47 46 down
74.11 74.50 down
Getting Credit 20 19 down
75.00 75.00
Protecting Minority Investors 6 5 down
78.33 78.33
Paying Taxes 10 11 up
90.74 90.37 up
Trading across Borders 28 28
93.76 93.76
Enforcing Contracts 31 30 down
69.36 69.36
Resolving Insolvency 13 13
82.04 82.04

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Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.5
Name of utility UK Power Networks
City London
Indicator United Kingdom OECD high income
Procedures (number) info_outline 4 4.8
Time (days) info_outline 79 76.2
Cost (% of income per capita) info_outline 25.8 62.5
Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) info_outline 8 7.5
  • Measure of efficiency
    No. Procedure Time to Complete Associated Costs

    Submit application to UK Power Networks and await and accept estimate

    Agency: UK Power Networks

    The application can be submitted online, in person or by mail. The connection requestor has to attach with the application: completed application form and site drawings.

    At this stage the applicant can choose either UK Power Networks or an Independent Connection Provider to design the network extension while only UK Power Networks can design the point of connection and any upstream reinforcement works.

    The connection may also be provided by an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO). With this option the IDNO would continue to own and operate the distribution system assets installed. The majority of the clients customers choose UK Power Networks to complete all parts of the connection for this type of project.

    A budget estimate and connection offer is issued free of charge.

    20 calendar days GBP 0
    * 2

    Sign supply contract with supplier

    Agency: UK Power Networks/Supplier

    The customer will contact its chosen supplier to enter into a supply contract. The customer will advise the supplier of the supply number and the date by which the connection will be provided (as advised by the distributor). This will take place in a single customer transaction over the telephone or on line and within 1 day.

    1 calendar day GBP 0

    Receive external connection works from UKPN

    Agency: Meter Operator/Supplier

    The metering industry in the UK is an open competitive market, and the applicant can choose their own Meter Operator or can choose to use the Meter Operator services provided by the electricity supplier. The electricity supplier normally appoints the meter operator. Requirements regarding the conclusion of the meter operation contract vary. The applicant can sign a separate contract with the chosen meter operator or cost can be passed on through the supply contract .
    The internal wiring must be completed by the electrician to BS7671 standards. The electrician must carry out a full inspection and testing of the internal wiring and then provide a BS7671 certificate to both the meter operator and to the electricity distributor before the connection can be energized. The inspection of the internal wiring is done when a meter is installed. Inspection of internal wiring is done through a visual inspection by a meter operator. It is a good practice that somebody is present during the installation of the meter/internal wiring inspection.

    The metering must be installed before a supply of electricity can be provided. The electricity can start flowing on the same day the external connection works are finished providing the supplier and the metering operator have sufficient notice.

    56 calendar days GBP 7,256.9

    Receive meter installation from supplier and final turn on electricity

    Agency: UK Power Networks

    Some of the external connection works which are contestable (not all works are contestable) can be performed by an approved contractor or by UK Power Networks. In the majority of cases for this type of connection customers choose UK Power Networks to carry out all the external connection works. Given the case assumptions the most common arrangement would be the installation of a 200 amp TP & N (three phases and neutral) service off a passing LV main.

    The utility obtains the excavation permit at the local authority or Highways Agency or specific body such as TFL in London.

    3 calendar days GBP 0

    * Takes place simultaneously with previous procedure.

  • Measure of quality
    Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index (0-8) 8.0
    Total duration and frequency of outages per customer a year (0-3) 3.0
    System average interruption duration index (SAIDI) 0.37
    System average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) 0.23
    Mechanisms for monitoring outages (0-1) 1.0
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to monitor outages? Yes
    Mechanisms for restoring service (0-1) 1.0
    Does the distribution utility use automated tools to restore service? Yes
    Regulatory monitoring (0-1) 1.0
    Does a regulator—that is, an entity separate from the utility—monitor the utility’s performance on reliability of supply? Yes
    Financial deterrents aimed at limiting outages (0-1) 1.0
    Does the utility either pay compensation to customers or face fines by the regulator (or both) if outages exceed a certain cap? Yes
    Communication of tariffs and tariff changes (0-1) 1.0
    Are effective tariffs available online? Yes
    Link to the website, if available online www.switchmybusiness.com
    Are customers notified of a change in tariff ahead of the billing cycle? Yes
    Price of electricity (US cents per kWh) 15.5


    If the duration and frequency of outages is 100 or less, the economy is eligible to score on the Reliability of supply and transparency of tariff index.

    If the duration and frequency of outages is not available, or is over 100, the economy is not eligible to score on the index.