To facilitate the arrival of a new company and its subsequent development, Western Switzerland has set up an important assistance programme that consists in supplying everything a company needs to work in western Switzerland.

The Swiss Confederation, the cantons and their services for economic promotion are the actors that can assist you in such matters as:

  • business plans
  • tax exemption
  • allowances for research and development
  • contributions for investments and technological training
  • setting-up of financial and business partnerships
  • work and residence permits
  • searches for premises, terrains, scientific and technological parks
  • contacts with financial and venture-capital institutions
  • necessary commercial and social contacts and access to networks
  • searches for housing, schools, services, transport, medical facilities
  • help for negotiations with the state, i.e. federal, cantonal and municipal authorities
  • exports, with, notably, the existence of a risk guarantee that protects the interests of the exporting enterprise

Furthermore, a loan guaranteed by the canton, a pick-up charge for bank interests and grants paid for the training or the improvement of staff can be all obtained from the cantons. One may note that the government has developed a policy of low taxes, applied all over the territory.

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