We’re delighted to welcome Karin Schimmelschulze, Managing Director of German Advantage, as a regular guest blogger. In this article, Karin discusses work ethics in Germany compared to the rest of Europe. Sunday night, another 60 hour working week lies behind me and all I want is a glass of wine and good company. Setting upRead more »
We’re delighted to welcome Karin Schimmelschulze, Managing Director of German Advantage, as a regular guest blogger. In this article, Karin reveals how to successfully navigate important business meetings with German clients. Imagine yourself in Germany: a board room, a CEO and a few MDs. What is the industry/ sector / market behind these people? HowRead more »
We’re delighted to welcome Karin Schimmelschulze, Managing Director of German Advantage, as a regular guest blogger. In this article, Karin reveals the key to successful communication when doing business with German clients. A room full of business people, all dressed accordingly in suit and tie for the gentlemen and mostly skirts or dresses of theRead more »
We’re delighted to welcome Karin Schimmelschulze, Managing Director of German Advantage, as a regular guest blogger. In this article, Karin discusses culture coaching for exporters targeting overseas markets. Most of us would know the famous and hilarious scene in Fawlty Towers where the inimitable and incredibly long-legged John Cleese does his famous walk and goesRead more »
Face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, contracts and informal agreements – any and every method is brought into play in order to seal that ever-so lucrative deal. But when UK businesses wish to spread their wings and expand into a new market, do they always know the best way? Understanding the business culture for your target market is crucial in getting ahead.Read more »
Germany has long been recognised as one of the world’s economic powerhouses, and, despite the global recession, the country’s economy is still incredibly strong. Germany currently has an annual economic value of over £2 trillion, making it the largest national economy in Europe today and the fourth-largest in the world.Read more »
Reach out to the world’s second largest internet community and behold the benefits of a German website
Following on from our successful Economic Powerhouses series, we’re now looking at how current digital trends are sparking a worldwide ecommerce boom. The popularity of buying on-line is at an all-time high, and businesses must now adapt and develop new methods to maximise the opportunities. As a global channel bursting with potential, when it comes to targeting customers overseas through your website, language shouldn’t be a barrier.
We’ll reveal the latest internet trends in the German market and discover why translating your website into German could increase your chance of winning new business fourfold.Read more »
As UK businesses come under increasing pressure to maximise their potential overseas, this has highlighted just how lacking Britain is when it comes to languages skills.
Much has been written about the problems the UK export market faces, and how language skills are not being developed in line with business needs. But is it different elsewhere? Here, Comtec’s in-house experts, Marion and Katharina, explain how France and Germany are dealing with this issue.
Every day this week, we will be looking at the yuletide traditions of a different country. Yesterday we read about the French customs of placing shoes beneath the tree on Christmas Eve, and hanging out mistletoe for good fortune. Today, Germany.Read more »
With most accepted business wisdom traditionally coming from America, it makes a refreshing change to look to Europe for exemplars of good business models and practice. You may have never heard of a Mittelstand company, yet these companies have been one of the driving forces behind the German economy, and also help drive the German export market forward. If you are looking to expand overseas, it may be worth looking at some of their strategies for growth.Read more »