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London is incestuous, and there are a lot of MR companies, so buyers I think tend to go with who they know. As Ray says, it is generally hard to enter even if you are from the UK, there is a lot of competition. There is little incentive to go with the new outsider in the UK. The UK, as a culture, is far less accepting of anyone or anything new, and so this is again an extra barrier to many companies. Most significantly for USA companies they wildly misunderstand how different the UK is from the USA. I always caution Americans that the UK is as foreign to them as Japan is, the common language is a hindrance ("two nations divided by a common language"). This works the other way with the USA and UK. The USA is just as complex culturally, but there is more of an acceptance of what is new. The USA has a plethora of social structures and traditions that are utterly invisible to outsiders, as does every country.

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