If your business interacts with non-Canadian markets, an up-to-date and accurate information source about host countries is a valuable resource. UHY 'Doing Business Guides' are a quick and easy way to learn about business in countries around the world.
UHY is a UK-based consulting firm that specializes in international markets. Like many other major consulting firms (Deloitte, PWC, KPMG, Ernst & Young), their website offers a variety of top-notch resources for business owners conducting research. One of their key resources is a list of 'Doing Business Guides', each guide devoted to a specific country - with 65 guides in all. Each guide is filled with country-specific business information such as: taxation, labour standards, how to set up a business, currency info, major industries and transportation for business travelers to and from each country. If your business is planning to create ties to any of the countries listed on their directory, it is well worth reading over the guide for that country as a starting-point for your business research.
Doing Business Guide by UHY
Here are a few other resources published by consulting companies that you can access free of charge:
- Cost-cutting and pricing pressures fastest-growing risks in 2011: Ernst & Young
- Mitigating risk of fraud, theft and misconduct: Deloitte
- The Mining Industry in British Columbia 2010: PWC
- Reshaping the Supply Chain: New Opportunities for Canadian Manufacturers: KPMG
Try browsing through the 'insights' or 'publications' sections on their websites to find more useful industry publications. Many of their reports are directed towards larger corporations, but most of the general concepts and ideas can be applied to business of all size.
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