Switzerland is a diverse and mature economy that offers opportunities in all sectors and bilateral trade with the UK is worth over 33.9 billion a year – a figure that is projected to rise to 29.4 billion by the end of the decade.
And it’s been named as the world’s most competitive economy in both the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2013 and 2014.
So while breaking into Switzerland might not be easy, it will be well worth the effort if your business does.
There are about 80 flights per day between the UK and Switzerland, so getting there and back is no problem – even so, you’ll still need a cost-effective and reliable international conference call provider for those times you simply can’t get out there.
Here’s how to set one up in a few simple steps…
How to set up a conference call between the UK and Switzerland
Visit ConferenceCall.co.uk to instantly get your free PIN and then click on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab to generate an email template. Enter the time, date and subject of the conference call, before picking UK and Switzerland dial-in codes and hitting the button marked ‘Copy this invitation’.
Then paste it into an email before sending to up to 100 participants, and you’re good to go.
Dial-in numbers to call
At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:
– UK participants dial 0843 0 250 250
– Switzerland participants dial 0840-996996 (English) or 0840-444888 (German)
Your conference call can now begin!
Where is Switzerland?
Nestling in central Europe, Switzerland is completely landlocked and bordered by Italy, Austria, Germany and France.
What is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice on traveling to Switzerland?
In general, Switzerland has a very low crime rate, but incidences of pick pocketing and theft are on the rise in larger cities, especially around airports, railway stations, on trains and in other public places. There have also been increased reports of theft at Geneva airport and on trains to and from Geneva.
Never keep passports, credit cards and money in the same place, try to utilise inside pockets and compartments in bags and jackets, and strap your bag across your body instead of just over your shoulder. If you are a victim of crime, the emergency number for police is 117, and it’s worth reading this leaflet produced by the British Embassy and the Swiss transport police before you travel.
Drivers must be 18 years of age and hold a full valid UK, or other EU/EEA, driving licence, insurance and vehicle documents. It’s best never to drink if you’re driving, as the alcohol limit is 0.5% and police can ask any driver to take a drug or alcohol test. Your car must also carry a warning triangle, reflective jacket and first aid kit.
If you’ll be taking part in any alpine sports, be aware of the following, year-round hazards:
- avalanches and snow drifts
- landslides and flooding
- glacial crevasses and hollows
- thunder storms and lightning
- altitude sickness
- sun exposure
- sudden weather changes
Smoking is banned in the workplace and in most enclosed public spaces, as in the UK, and it’s illegal to cover your face in public places in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino. There is no exemption for tourists and you can be find anything from 100 CHF to 10,000 CHF if you breach the rules.
For more information, go to GOV.UK
What’s the best time to call Switzerland from the UK?
Switzerland is just an hour ahead of GMT, so keep this in mind when making business calls.