Talent and public funding in the UK are too skewed towards London, meaning the capital attracts outsized flows of foreign investment.
All but dead a decade ago, the production of vinyl records is now big business. However, a combination of Covid-19 and major record label dominance is creating a vinyl shortage that is hitting smaller artists and labels.
With its oil reserves dwindling, Bahrain was forced to diversify its economy into areas such as tourism and manufacturing, which has worked to the benefit of capital city Manama.
Jordan and its capital Amman have acquired a reputation as stable, safe destinations for both tourists and investors within the Levant, an image both are hoping to maintain post-Covid.
A global tax reform deal is taking shape, but the implementation of this lofty goal faces huge political and structural barriers.
The UK is turning a blind eye to Nexperia's acquisition of Newport Wafer Fab despite recent pledges and legislation to scrutinise Chinese investment in sensitive sectors.
The world has been critical of the treatment of China's Uyghur Muslims, but governments are consistently poor when it comes to taking action over forced labour in supply chains.
Anti-LGBTQ+ activity is on the rise in Poland, but this hasn't stopped foreign investors flocking to the country.
FDI entering the UK is still primarily focused on London and the South East. As the Covid pandemic hits project numbers, this regional inequality will only serve to further dent the country's 'levelling up' agenda.
Iraq has been blighted by conflict over the past few decades, and remains a turbulent environment. However, myriad opportunities exist for risk tolerant investors.
Countries run by dictators still attract foreign direct investment, especially if the leader has a background or education in business.