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Welcome to the Greater Geneva Bern area

The agency

Greater Geneva Bern area: your partner in Switzerland

  The Greater Geneva Bern area (GGBa) is the investment promotion agency for Western Switzerland, bringing together the cantons of Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva and Valais.  Its mission is to provide support to foreign companies allowing them to get established quickly and develop their activities in Western Switzerland.  Since its creation in 2010, the GGBa, in cooperation with the cantonal economic promotion agencies, has guided hundreds of companies from around the world in launching their activities in the region.

Our mission

Our mission is to advise and assist foreign companies in the process of setting up business operations in Western Switzerland.  Because of our profound knowledge of the region and our experience, we can offer personalized services to each investor throughout the process, from the evaluation of potential sites to the official entry of the company in the commercial registry.
A large network of representatives, both in Switzerland and abroad, is available to advise investors, provide them with all the necessary information and support them in successfully carrying out their projects in the region.  Once the company is established and operational, the cantonal economic promotion agencies will continue to be by their side to provide them with the optimal conditions for developing their businesses.
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Regional and international support

The GGBa has a network of representatives abroad who are in charge of identifying companies with high value projects which could benefit from the business environment in Switzerland.  Once the full project has been outlined and the needs of the investing company have been defined, the GGBa representative will coordinate with the cantonal economic promotion agencies to respond to all the company’s needs.

Our services

All services of the GGBa are provided confidentially and free of charge to the investor.  Our services include (but are not limited to):

  • Advice on the business environment in Switzerland
  • Establishing contacts with public and private sector partners
  • Introductions to academic and R&D institutions
  • Information on the tax system and available financial incentives
  • Assistance with all administrative procedures (e.g., work and residence permits)
  • Identification of commercial or industrial real estate (greenfield or brownfield)
  • Support for employee relocations (housing, schools, etc.)

Our advantages

12 reasons to locate your business in the GGBa

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