Global trends are evolving and entrepreneurs are looking for new ways to meet the demand of their customers. Many companies are looking to expand their operations to European hubs from which to serve the European markets. In many cases, businesses are required to establish European subsidiary companies in order to work with specific suppliers or identify new trading partners. Foreign investors must consider many factors including ease of set up, availability of bank accounts, tax rates and ease of trade when deciding which jurisdiction is the best fit for their business.
By Caitlyn Buchanan, 26.06.17
The terms “offshore account” and “offshore company” have come to be commonly understood as a means of hiding money from authorities. However, the majority of banking and business conducted abroad is legitimate. So-called “offshore” locations offer an easier solution to investing, travelling and living abroad because there is reduced regulation to overcome. Before you invest it is essential to know the requirements and restrictions of your chosen destination.
By Caitlyn Buchanan, 16.05.17
It is said that people who work from home are more productive and happier in their jobs than traditional office workers. Virtual offices are ideal for entrepreneurs who are constantly on the move or do not have a significant physical presence in the locations their clients are based. Running your business from a virtual office can save you money and give you the flexibility you crave.
This article contains useful information to help reduce the challenges remote workers face. We put the focus on to building trust when working with a virtual team or providing services from a remote location.
By Caitlyn Buchanan, 24th April 2017
Bulgaria is well-known tax haven for investors and many foreigners are now making this соuntry thеіr hоmе. Now many companies are moving their operations in Bulgaria because of reduced labour costs and a low corporate tax rate of 10%. With a simplified tax system, businesses can decrease their administrative and tax expenses by more than 20% on annual basis.
If you are considering making the move to Bulgaria there are some cultural aspects to be aware of. This аrtісlе aims tо provide іnfоrmation аbоut Bulgaria and thе еvеr іmроrtаnt dеtаіlѕ that mаkе it easier to undеrѕtаnd this сountrу and the wау of lіfе
By Caitlyn Buchanan, 22nd March 2017
Spain is a nation of rich culture and traditions offering vast business opportunities for local and foreign investors. Although recession has caused Spain adversity in the past there are strong signs of economic recuperation. Starting in 2016 the level of unemployment decreased and now sits at 18.6%. This is both good Spain’s economy and foreign businesses; the local pool of workers is large enough to effectively hire a skilled workforce while staying cost effective. Foreign investors with outside capital are wisely starting to recognise the labour market in this desirable region and start up business in Spain.
Malta has a rapidly growing financial services sector which rivals some of the most established economies in the world and is an extremely attractive place to do business. Forbes has described Malta as one of the most business friendly countries in the world.
Malta offers huge incentives to the business community, including those based offshore or overseas as taxation for businesses is one of the most generous in Europe. Corporate tax is set at a rate of 35% but this can usually be reduced to a rate of 5% or in some situations even lower. This is down to an efficient tax refund system where the repayment of a tax refund by the Maltese tax authorities will usually only take on average 14 working days. Because of this the shareholders of a company are assured that their dividend income will be doubly taxed in their hands.
By Simon O' Connor, 24th November 2016
Poland’s location offers numerous advantages for business. The country is located in the centre of Europe and because of this has access to 250 million consumers within a 1000km radius.
Company formation in Poland is very popular amongst business investors due to the large accessible market and the small costs. Poland also offers a wide range of incentives for foreign investors such as grants ranging from 25% to 50%.
By Alen Uglik, 25th October 2016
France has the 5th largest economy in the world and the 2nd in Europe, after Germany. The country has always sought to attract foreign investment and has always had a considerable amount of success. One main reason for this success is that the French company formation process can be very simple although expert advice is essential in order to ensure compliance with financial and legal regulations.
By Ana Maricic, 07.09.16
The Netherlands has one of the most liberal trade and investment policies in the world. Also known as Holland, the country is a founding member of the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and the OECD. The country has an attractive tax regime including an extensive network of double-taxation treaties.
On the 23rd of June 2016, the British public voted to leave the European Union. The result of the vote came as a shock to many people and it has caused a lot of companies to re-examine their operations in the UK and consider other jurisdictions. It is currently unknown what the next few years hold for the UK economy but the majority of the world do not seem too confident in the country’s growth.
By Simon O' Connor, 22nd May 2016
Germany boasts both the largest and the most significant economies in Europe. Home to such companies as Allianz, BMW and Siemens, the country is often considered the most attractive location for new and developed business within the European Union.
The German government is open to establishment of all types of businesses, regardless of the size or whether or not it involves a German citizen or a foreigner. The country has a well-developed financial and banking market and provides a secure platform to set up operations in Europe.
By Simon O' Connor, 24th April 2016
Whether you're just starting out or deciding on the right structure for your existing company, understanding the law around business organization is important. You'll have to assess the nature of your business to figure out which option will afford you the most benefits.
By Marco De Kock, 25th March 2016
Czech Republic is located heart of Europe and offers some many advantages over most other European countries for business start-up’s. This includes a strong infrastructure, both a highly educated and skilled workforce, low wage costs (Monthly average is CZK 25,000) and attractive tax rates.
By David Gregan, 26th January 2016
At the moment Tax avoidance seems to be a popular topic on the international stage at such event as the G20 and it is not surprise to learn the Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) are investing heavily to redeem lost revenue.
By Simon O' Connor, 24th Nov 2015
Poland is located in the center of Europe giving the country easy access to over 250 million consumers. The country offers many attractive incentives for foreign directors including grants up to 50% which helps make it one of the most popular destinations in Europe for start-up companies.
By Simon O' Connor, 28th October 2015
Ireland is the fastest growing economy in Europe and is now the same size as it was at its peak in 2007. The country has an extremely globalised economy, a large exporting sector and an increasing number of multinational corporations.
Ireland is already home to some of the world’s biggest and most successful companies across a range of sectors such as Google, Microsoft, Pfizer and Medtronic. There are many reasons why these major companies have decided to invest in Ireland including:
By Simon O' Connor, 25th Aug 2015
Europe is the largest market in the world with nearly 500 million consumers. Within Europe, Germany is the state with largest and most important economy making it arguably the most attractive location for business in the European Union.
Company formation in Germany can be significantly cheap. From office overheads to the cost of living, Germany is notoriously cheaper than the majority of its European counterparts.
By Simon O’ Connor, 7th July 2015
European companies will soon have to disclose information regarding who owns or controls them. The Fourth Anti-Money laundering Directive which was published in early June and came into effect on the 26th of June, 2015 requires all European member states to incorporate the directive into their own national laws within 2 years. All companies who are subject to the directive must comply with it by the 26th of June, 2017.
By Simon O' Connor, 26th June 2015
On the 21st of December 2012 the Cyprus Parliament introduced a Law regarding the special levy on Cyprus Companies. A levy has been enforced on Cyprus Companies for the amount of €350 per annum.
All companies registered in Cyprus must pay this fixed annual fee from the year of registration and it must be paid no later than the 30th of June for each relevant year. Please note, Companies in liquidation are exempt from the annual levy.
The Companies Act 2014 - Ireland
By Simon O' Connor, 20th May 2015
The Companies Act 2014 in Ireland will be commenced on the 1st of June 2015. The Act is the largest piece of legislation to be enacted in the history of the state. The Act simplifies and modifies Irish company law and has a massive focus on Private Limited Companies as they account for over 90% of companies in Ireland today.