This was a natural progression for the business after our success in the UK and Northern Europe. We have already created a platform across the UK, Scandinavia, The Netherlands and Germany which has opened a network of opportunities for our clients. This first phase of expansion into Southern Europe will add a further dimension to the possibilities we are able to generate for our clients in respect of international trade explained Colin Fell, Group Managing Director. Already we have had approaches from interested parties which may lead to our services being available in France, Portugal and Italy in 2nd quarter 2010, along with enquiries from government bodies in the USA and UAE to explore how we can best assist them in developing or facilitating international growth in selective target markets. This in itself is a fantastic endorsement of the growing strength of the Copernicus brand and is fair recognition of the quality of the individual consultants carrying out the tasks and projects on behalf of our clients.
The initial response to the range of Copernicus services being introduced to the Spanish SME sector for the first time has been quite staggering.
The "Copernicus Connecting Markets" service opens doors and develops trading relationships between companies in various international markets to their mutual advantage. Once such partnerships are identified and created the unique Copernicus International Key Account Management service offers an extremely cost effective solution to the further development and increased return on investment following a new market entry.
Viva -Espaa "The operation in Spain will mirror the successful model operating in the other markets ," said country managing partner Brian Evans-Watt. we will focus on the SME sector where we can work directly with business owners and have the greatest financial impact on their business, while also looking to work closely in association with the inward investment agencies just as we have done previously in Holland (Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency) or in Sweden ( Invest in Sweden) to name but two.
In this way we can add the commercial expertise of Copernicus to the knowledge base and extensive market data of a government organisation to the benefit of our clients, as we fast track their international market entry strategy in the most cost effective manner possible.
Copernicus opened in China earlier this year and has carried out several outsourcing and sourcing projects for UK and EU based companies with great success over the last few months with savings already running into tens of thousands of pounds for clients.
Offices in Turkey and Poland will open by mid-January 2010, Singapore, Dubai and a second UK office, this time in London, shortly afterwards. In each instance the language competencies, skills and local business knowledge are developed within the business for the benefit of Copernicus clients.