If everyone is at the same level, there is generally a free flow of ideas and opinions.If there is a senior ranking person in the room, that person will do most of the speaking.

Generally, people do not talk about their income and are probably not interested in yours.

Although in the past few decades, people from varied backgrounds have had greater access to higher education, wealth distribution is changing and more upward/downward mobility is occurring, the British class system is still very much intact although in a more subconscious way. The playing field is levelling but the British still seem to pigeon-hole people according to class.

The United Kingdom is a land of contrasts, largely due to its rich and complex history, and the individual cultures of its four constituent 'home nations' of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and even then customs tend to differ depending which part of the four home nations you are in. It is important to realise that the UK is a proud country and its people are proud to be proud. However, 'Brits' are very tolerant and not usually offended easily.

You may have to pay VAT, Customs Duty or Excise Duty on goods sent from outside the European Union (EU) before you can collect them.

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If you are in some cities talking is much more common.  In Glasgow, whilst sitting on a bus, you might have a local ask you something or at least comment on the weather - and it would be rude to ignore them.   

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The British can be quite formal and sometimes prefer to work with people and companies they know or who are known to their associates. The younger generation however is very different; they do not need long-standing personal relationships before they do business with people and do not require an intermediary to make business introductions. Nonetheless, networking and relationship building are often key to long-term business success.

If you're transferring through Heathrow to a connecting flight you may be able to have your baggage tagged through to your final destination. You will still need to declare any items in your hand baggage which are liable for duty. For more information please visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.

Welcome to our guide to the UK. This is useful for anyone researching British culture, customs, manners, etiquette, values and wanting to understand the people better. You may be going to Britain on business, for a visit or even hosting British colleagues or clients in your own country. Remember this is only a very basic level introduction and is not meant to stereotype all Brits you may meet!

If you are travelling to the UK from the EU, you can bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty. Check the HMRC web page on customs allowances from the EU before you travel, as some rules do apply to tax-free goods.

You and your baggage may be checked for anything you must declare.

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Other native languages to the Isles include Welsh, Irish, Ulster Scots, Cornish, Gaelic and British Sign Language.

There has been no change to the rights and status of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, as a result of the referendum.

For information about bringing goods into the UK, visit the HM Revenue & Customs website.

When you travel to the UK from outside the EU, you can bring a certain amount of duty and tax-free goods for your own use. This is known as your allowance, and applies to alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go over this allowance, you may have to pay tax or duty. 

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The UK is very multi-cultural so you will hear very many different languages, especially in the cities. In London, you can probably find every language in the world spoken at some point.  

How important is the work-life balance in the UK? How do they value fairness in business? Although seemingly unimportant and often neglected during the preparation phase, an understanding of such issues may prove to be invaluable when doing business in the UK. The following section will introduce you to the essential attitudes and values you will find in the UK and highlight their implications for business practice.

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Religions: Christian (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%, unspecified or none 23.1% (2001 census)

Your goods may be seized if you don’t follow the rules. You may also be fined or prosecuted.

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Formerly a very homogenous society, since World War II, Britain has become increasingly diverse as it has accommodated large immigrant populations, particularly from its former colonies such as India, Pakistan and the West Indies. The mixture of ethnic groups and cultures make it difficult to define “Britishness” nowadays and a debate rages within the nation as to what now really constitutes being a Briton.

If your journey began in a country outside the European Union, go to the red Customs point if you have goods to declare or use the green exit if you don't.

How meetings are conducted is often determined by the composition of people attending:

You may also need a visa to come into or travel through the UK, depending on your nationality.

Britain is full of culture and traditions which have been around for hundreds of years. British customs and traditions are famous all over the world. When people think of Britain they often think of people drinking tea, eating fish and chips and wearing bowler hats, but there is more to Britain than just those things.

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Written communication follows strict rules of protocol. How a letter is closed varies depending upon how well the writer knows the recipient. Written communication is always addressed using the person's title and their surname. First names are not generally used in written communication, unless you know the person well.

What you can bring with you depends on where you’re travelling from. You must declare to customs:

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If you are asked by a tour guide to be quiet when entering a building, it is best to observe this. Whether it be a church, an official building or a castle, it is best to observe these customs as you may be asked to leave if you don't.

Although you are not subject to passport control, you will need to pass through HM Customs after collecting your baggage.

Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a UK port or airport to make sure you’re allowed to come into the country. It must be valid for the whole of your stay.