InterGest provides businesses with a modern, affordable and effective way to establish themselves in foreign markets.
We offer a global network of services to guide and support “export-focused” companies in the launching of their own branches abroad – from forming a local company, through business strategy, planning and administration, to establishing a full sales function within the foreign subsidiary.
Over and above the “classic” portfolio of services, InterGest provides comprehensive and competent support in all aspects of international business as the requirements in the export business are as varied as the global mix of cultures, languages and traditions. Often when setting up an export business, specific questions arise which cannot be resolved by following standard procedures. This is where our local experts come into their own and use their specialised knowledge and experience to help answer questions about
InterGest specialises in tailoring service offerings suited to meet the needs of the small to medium-sized enterprise, providing a modern, cost effective and flexible route to successful foreign market penetration. The broad range of services, as well as the expertise garnered through decades of experience in each target market, form the ideal basis from which to provide support to export-focused companies, either through setting up and managing foreign subsidiaries, or delivering a direct sales function “in-country”.
With offices in more than 50 locations around the world, InterGest provides consulting and services to assist companies in developing foreign markets. This ranges from corporate formation and domiciling of a foreign business entity, through fiduciary administration of accounts, tax and legal consulting, to salary administration, controlling and reporting. Through our internationally co-ordinated network of global partners we have access to a comprehensive knowledge-pool covering all commercial and legal aspects in the respective regions. The complexities of international trade are our daily bread and butter.
We handle all formalities for our clients when they wish to set up a new branch or subsidiary abroad, or to establish additional ones.
In order to ensure that the foreign operation has the right support from day one, our services include:
Experienced multilingual staff who, in addition to their national language, usually speak English, German and French, and deal with all office work, including bookkeeping and accounting
An officially accredited accounting division under the direction of professionally certified accountants and tax advisors
An experienced team of professionals for all specialised fields of international commerce, trade and banking
Modern offices in the business centres of major cities across the world, with state-of-the-art office communication and IT systems
Comprehensive invoicing and bookkeeping services, sales and inventory statistics, profit calculations, agents’ commission processing, and payroll service
The key to success in foreign markets is finding the right team to help you build an efficient and cost-effective sales function.
Our services include assistance in building up, managing and reorganising your representation or sales organisation.
Furthermore, we assist in the sourcing and selection of management personnel, trade representatives, agents and general commission agents. To ensure clear lines of communication between you and your foreign entity we assist in establishing the organisational framework for your representatives or sales team, manage the commission claims of sales representatives and translate the sales reports into your mother tongue.
At InterGest our service offering includes the full range of administrative tasks required for the efficient operation of a foreign entity, subsidiary, branch or holding company, covering financial, controlling and human resources management.
In the initial phase we carry out an in-depth analysis of the most suitable legal and fiscal setup for your foreign business entity. We then assist you in forming the foreign company and in establishing the organisational structure that meets your company’s particular needs. In the the third phase, InterGest takes on fiduciary responsibility by carrying out all administrative tasks and requirements. Our clients have access to the latest figures and processes at any time.
Despite years of striving to establish internationally accepted accounting standards, almost every country still has its own legal requirements which need to be adhered to consistently, not only when filing annual tax returns.
Generally, larger corporations tend to follow US-GAAP or IFRS procedures within their companies in order to manage the consolidation of their international businesses as smoothly as possible.
InterGest is fully conversant with both requirements and will manage your bookkeeping according to your general corporate requirements as well as according to local accounting standards. Providing two annual statements, for example one according to IFRS and one according to local requirements, is par for the course for us.
Anyone who entrusts the management of their foreign business to someone else is justified in expecting absolute transparency when it comes to business reporting. At the InterGest head office in Sarreguemines and at many of our partner offices worldwide we use SAP as our ERP system. This makes it easy for us to provide 100% transparency, round the clock, with regard to all financial operations by means of info-user licences.
However, we also provide customised reporting for companies which do not use SAP. Whether you prefer to use your own MIS software or to receive Excel files, whether you want periodic reporting or would rather log in via a VPN link to obtain your corporate financial information directly – at InterGest we will provide you with the solution of your choice.
We provide the following services in detail:
The HR services offered by InterGest include much more than reliable, timely completion of salary payments according to local statutory requirements. On your behalf, we will take care of drawing up local employment contracts and will assist you in employment termination proceedings according to the latest local legal requirements. We will manage expense accounts and use our local know-how when it comes to dealing with local authorities and insurance questions.
We also provide support with:
Our local partners are fully conversant with the labour legislation and social security issues, and also utilise the longstanding business relationships between international InterGest partners to help search for competent and experienced staff – from sales representatives to managing directors.
In addition, you rely on the experience & capable services of our partner TalentsFirst.
In general, clients in foreign markets expect to be treated differently than those in our home markets. Different countries have different payment terms, in some locations forms of payment that we would consider old-fashioned – such as bills of exchange – are accepted. Of course no-one considers it necessary to adapt their payment terms to suit those of the foreign service provider.
Usually companies prefer to handle credit control centrally via their head office. When using a central ERP system with inventory management, this appears at first glance to be the most effective and efficient method. And yet it brings with it also the need for debt recovery and collection procedures. There is no other area of the business where more client sensitivity is called for than in debt recovery: in some countries reminders are sent within two weeks, while in others no written reminders are ever sent at all. Here the acceptable process is to simply call and remind tardy clients of their overdue balances.
It is our responsibility to bring our clients‘ liquidity requirements in line with the payment policies of their clients abroad. There are various ways to achieve this: factoring or invoice discounting are only two possibilities of many. We will tailor the right solution for your needs.