Types of collaboration
Cooperation with other companies can provide a larger client base, better competitiveness and higher profit margins.
Companies wishing to cooperate at the European level have several options to choose from, making it easier to conduct cross-border business and, for example, move the company headquarters within the EU.
EU legislation in this field has been incorporated into Swedish law.
European company structures
European cooperative societies (SCEs)
These are regulated in the Act on European Cooperative Societies and also partly in the Act on Economic Associations.
European economic interest groupings (EEIG)
Special tax rules apply.
European Companies ('Societas Europeae' or SE)
Regulated by the Act on European Companies.
Other options for expanding your business are taking over an existing one, merging with another company or opening a branch in another EU country.
The Family Business Network (FBN) Sweden is a special organisation for family companies.
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth web site contains links to networks for women in business.
Trade fairs are an excellent way of finding business and cooperation partners, as well as meeting visitors and other exhibitors.
Business to business (B2B) events are a very efficient way to connect with other companies that might otherwise be difficult to identify. Companies can present their business activities at B2B events. You can often pre-book meetings with potential business partners.
You can find potentially interesting companies by searching internet based trade directories, such as:
- Europages - The European Business Directory (Containing 500 000 companies from thirty countries).
- Kompass international (search company addresses free of charge).
- Chamber Trade (partner-matching database where you can also enter your company free of charge).
Invest in Sweden Agency (ISA) providers information free of charge on the conditions and regulations applying to Swedish entrepreneurs.