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Workplace – Top 10 Cultural Tips for your visit to England

Remember that the British are reserved, which may cause them to appear cool and indifferent or quite formal. In fact, they are very friendly and welcoming. They just need time to get to know you!


  • 1

     Arrive at business meetings on time. Punctuality is important.

  • 2

    Shake hands with the group – including ladies – when you arrive

  • 3

    Try not to be too loud and outspoken

  • 4

    Try not to use excessive hand gestures!

  • 5

    Switch off your mobile phone and do not take a call during the meeting. Your attention should be focussed on the business in hand

  • 6

    Humour is acceptable and not seen as unprofessional

  • 7

    Gifts are not usually exchanged in business meetings

  • 8

    Jackets and ties are still considered to be the appropriate dress for a business meeting but do check with your host

  • 9

    Be aware that meetings may begin with “small talk” to start the meeting in an harmonious manner

  • 10

    Be polite!

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