Hotel industry rebound hampered by energy costs

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Hotel industry rebound hampered by energy costs

(23.11.2022) The winter is looking relatively positive for the Swiss accommodation sector. According to a survey by HôtellerieSuisse, more than 50% of establishments expect their sales to equal or exceed their pre-Covid levels. However, rising costs are curbing this trend.

Automotive sector anticipates 2023 recovery

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Automotive sector anticipates 2023 recovery

(23.11.2022) The automotive sector is expecting a slight improvement in the economy. According to forecasts by the BAK Institute and the Swiss Automobile Association (SAVV), the number of new vehicles on the road in 2023 will increase by 13.6% compared with 2022.

SMEs start to feel crunch from demand

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SMEs start to feel crunch from demand

(16.11.2022) Small and medium-sized companies are struggling to improve their business situation. According to a survey of 200 manufacturing companies, the Raiffeisen SME PMI stagnated at 50.0 points in October, corresponding to the borderline between expansion (>50) and contraction (<50).

Bankruptcies up in first 3 quarters

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Bankruptcies up in first 3 quarters

(16.11.2022) The first nine months of the year have proven tumultuous for Swiss companies. According to consulting firm Dun&Bradstreet, insolvencies rose by 23% in the first three quarters of 2022. On the other hand, company start-ups have fallen by 2%.

Foreign trade up again in Q3

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Foreign trade up again in Q3

(09.11.2022) Switzerland's exports and imports set a new record in the third quarter of 2022. According to the Federal Office of Customs (FOC), the volume of exports rose by 1.3% compared to the previous quarter.

Pratical knowledge

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Setting up

Checklists and detailed information about setting up a business: choosing the right legal structure, steps to follow for market analysis, business plans and registration in the trade register.
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Practical tips for running a business successfully: innovation methods, marketing tools, product certification and social media presence using e-commerce.
Praktische Informationen zur Firmenübergabe und Firmenübernahme


Tips for transferring and taking over a business: the various scenarios, the business valuation methods and setting the purchase price. The procedure to follow in the event of liquidation.
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All you need to know about loans, leasing and factoring, traditional and alternative financing plans, economic promotion, tax relief and risk management.

Foreign trade

Useful information for SMEs on foreign trade: federal customs administration and formalities for import-export, opening an establishment or a subsidiary abroad, risk control.
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Here you will find legal provisions, relevant facts and information on staff management: recruitment, staff development, partial unemployment and social insurance, labor law, occupational safety.

Facts and Trends


Digitalization of SMEs in Switzerland: A key factor

Companies must adapt their operations and digitalize to remain competitive. Definitions and examples.
Tips for making one's SME 'greener' and optimising its production

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Turning to corporate social responsibility is a way for SMEs to become greener and more socially conscious and therefore optimize their production.