Business support - Sweden
There are a number of authorities and organisations in Sweden that provide business support in the form of advice and information, such as connecting you with a business expert or investor, often free of charge.
Coompanion provides advice and guidance for people who want to start a business together, or who already have a business and who want to cooperate with other businesses.
Private-public sector organisations
The Centre for New Businesses (NyföretagarCentrum) offers free, personal and confidential advice prior to the start up of a business. You can use it as a sounding board to discuss business ideas with experienced experts and, for example, receive help drawing up a business plan.
IFS Rådgivning helps immigrants to start up and develop businesses in Sweden. The linguistic and cultural skills of their advisors allow IFS to help immigrants understand Swedish laws and regulations.
ALMI Företagspartner AB is a state-owned company offering business development and financing. It provides information and advice, as well as entrepreneurship courses.
The Swedish Trade Council offers free services, such as information and advice on matters concerning new markets and doing business between Swedish and foreign companies.
The Swedish Companies Registration Office (Bolagsverket) is responsible for the registration of companies and associations. Information can be obtained here about the various types of company, how to register your company and how to protect its name.
The Swedish Tax Board provides information on corporate taxation and reporting obligations. Companies apply to the Tax Board to register for corporation tax (F-tax card), VAT (moms) and employers' contributions.
The Invest in Sweden Agency (ISA) offers free information and help to companies that plan to start up or expand their business operations in Sweden.
The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket) provides information on starting and running a company, as well as corporate support via a number of specific programmes.
On the business portal verksamt.se, the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the National Tax Board and the Agency for Economic and Regional Growth have collected information and services from the authorities of interest to entrepreneurs.
ALMI has a service called the Entrepreneurs' School (Företagarskolan). The training can be followed via the web.
Access to finance is crucial for setting up and running a business.
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