Mon, Jul 6, 2009
By Signe Hansen
Expanding into the UK market or setting up a new business may be a daunting and risky step for both small and large businesses, but help is available from a company with Scandinavian links which understands what Nordic service quality means.
Carolina Jönsson, from Sweden, is a founding Director of Enlink Ltd, a company which can provide everything from order handling and book keeping, including credit checks, credit control, financial reporting and payroll, to virtual offices including phone, fax and meeting room facilities “We have everything in-house and have a transparent and flexible system with a compact, efficient and friendly team,” says Carolina. “Companies may be able to find some of our services in other places but rarely all in one place.” Enlink also assists clients with practical issues, for example, arranging local insurances, setting up bank accounts, registering for VAT and arranging company vehicles and mobile phones for new sales people or employees transferring from another country.
With Enlink’s assistance, companies active in the UK market can enjoy the benefits of being able to provide the service and image of a fully established UK office without having to bear the expense and stress that this usually involves and with a minimum of risk. It also means that the client’s key staff can focus solely on their own tasks without having to get involved with the day-to-day administration and paperwork.
The friendly efficiency of the Enlink team means that they offer competitively priced services and their location is a key factor in this. “Often companies new to the UK market think of London as the key location, but this is not always the case, especially for clients engaged in manufacturing. Being located in the Midlands Enlink has the advantage of lower overheads and easy access to the whole of the UK,” says Carolina.
Enlink was formed almost three years ago by Carolina with fellow director Kate Service and colleague Tony Burrows who all have experience of working with Nordic companies. Since the beginning, their flexibility has enabled them to assist companies ranging from small entrepreneurs to global companies. “What we do for all our clients is to help with the first steps into the market and our ambition is to see them grow along with our own company,” Carolina says, adding: “We have a very proactive approach to our client’s business and think it is important to work as a team with the clients, working very much as part of their company.”
Three pieces of advice from Enlink:
1.Before entering any agreement with a UK company, be sure to check out their history. Always ask for references.
2.Most companies set a financial budget for their UK market entry, but many do not take into account the time of key employees that it may take. Budget sufficient time as well as money.
3.Do not leave anything to chance and have a lawyer read any contract that you are offered. Employment contracts should be written in the UK.