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As the Bank for Entrepreneurs, we offer solutions designed to meet your business as well as your personal financial needs. We will accompany your company through all stages of life: from incorporation and expansion up to succession. At the same time, we'll help you grow and preserve your private assets – in a way that perfectly matches your entrepreneurial plans and tax situation.

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  1. The mini-boom is coming to an end. Yet the Swiss economy continues to grow robustly.

    The Swiss economy is experiencing a "mini-boom." This is due to a perfect combination of various factors that is very unlikely to be repeated in 2019. Several indicators point to economic growth of less than two percent.

    • Publications
  2. Financing

    Our financing solutions supports your projects.

    • Foundation
    • Growth
    • Loans
    • Capital market
  3. Payments and Accounts

    We help optimize your cash flow.

    • Foundation
    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
    • Daily Business
  4. International Business Transactions

    Our solutions for your internationalization.

    • Growth
    • Forex
    • Export
  5. Company Succession

    Take advantage of our many years of experience for your succession process. 

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Private Wealth
  6. Solutions for Entrepreneurs and Executives

    Being an entrepreneur or executive brings major responsibilities. What's more, you put all your energy and passion into developing your business. We would be delighted to take care of your personal financial planning. That means helping you grow and preserve your private assets in a way that matches your entrepreneurial plans and tax situation.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Succession planning
  7. Cash Management

    Your Knowledgeable Partner for Integrated Cash Management.

    • Consolidation
    • Foundation
    • Payments & Accounts
    • Daily Business
  8. Online and Mobile Channels

    Welcome to our Online and Mobile Channels. We offer the right channel for every need.
     

    • Foundation
    • Daily Business
  9. Loans

    Our financing solutions support your projects. 

    • Growth
    • Loans
  10. Leasing

    Optimize your financing mix. Rest assured that we have the right solution.

    • Growth
    • Consolidation
    • Leasing & Factoring
  11. Factoring

    Self-finance your Business Growth.

    • Growth
    • Leasing & Factoring
  12. The Succession Process

    Start dealing with the question of succession well ahead of time. To help you find your way through the process, it can be broken down into five phases. 

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
  13. Critical Success Factors

    The succession process entails various risks, so bear the following success factors in mind. 

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
  14. Our Services To Help You Plan Your Succession

    Our advisors will be your expert partners throughout the process. Take advantage of our services. 

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
  15. Foreign Exchange Transactions

    We are a reliable partner for your foreign exchange transactions.

    • Export
    • Forex
  16. Payments

    Redirect

    • Consolidation
    • Forex
    • Payments & Accounts
    • Daily Business
  17. Credit Suisse Direct

    A user interface as individual as the apps on a smartphone and all accounts from various banks at a glance – clear, flexible, efficient – this is what the new online banking solution for Credit Suisse corporate clients looks like.

    • Payments & Accounts
    • Daily Business
  18. Trade Finance

    A range of instruments to help you ensure that payments are made and services performed. 

    • Forex
    • Export
  19. Multibank Cash Concentration

    Through multibank cash concentration, you benefit from automated liquidity balancing among your Credit Suisse account and your domestic and foreign accounts with other banks.

    • Payments & Accounts
  20. Cash Pooling

    Our notional cash pooling service enables you to optimize the interest income on your Credit Suisse accounts thanks to the virtual pooling of your balances. 

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
  21. Cashmanager

    Use Cashmanager to efficiently manage your surplus funds. 

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
  22. Hedging Interest Rate Risks

    Find out more about the most important products for hedging interest rate risk. 

    • Consolidation
  23. Export Finance

    Tailored financial solutions for your growth.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Forex
  24. Corporate Finance Switzerland

    Corporate and capital market transactions.

    • Growth
    • Capital market
    • M&A
  25. Accounts

    We offer accounts for your daily banking transactions. 

    • Foundation
    • Payments & Accounts
  26. Cards

    By using the right cards, you make it easier for your employees to manage their expenses. 

    • Payments & Accounts
  27. Sector-specific solutions

    Credit Suisse - Financial Partner for Lawyers and Notaries.

    • Sector
  28. Mortgages

    Select your personal solution from among our various financing models.

    • Loans
  29. E-Commerce

    In collaboration with our partner SIX Payment Services, we are offering you an affordable, simple, and transparent credit card acceptance solution for your online shop. A simple, transparent way for your clients to make purchases in your online shop using a credit card. 

    • Foundation
    • Payments & Accounts
  30. E-Commerce

    In collaboration with our partner SIX Payment Services, we are offering you an affordable, simple, and transparent credit card acceptance solution for your online shop. A simple, transparent way for your clients to make purchases in your online shop using a credit card. 

    • Foundation
    • Payments & Accounts
  31. MyIBAN

    An IBAN as Individual as You.

    • Foundation
    • Payments & Accounts
  32. Balance Optimizer

    Would you like to manage your available liquidity according to your own needs? With the Credit Suisse Balance Optimizer, you make your own rules for automated account transfers.

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
  33. Balance Optimizer

    Would you like to manage your available liquidity according to your own needs? With the Credit Suisse Balance Optimizer, you make your own rules for automated account transfers.

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
  34. Employee Share Ownership Service

    We are your partner for creating and implementing tailored employee share programs in line with the market.

    • Consolidation
  35. 1e Pension Provision Solutions

    As the Bank for Entrepreneurs, Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. has established Credit Suisse Collective Foundation 1e. This enables you – as entrepreneur – to set up attractive, contemporary extra-mandatory pension cover for your employees and yourself. All insured – currently for salary components above CHF 126,900* – are able to decide their own pension cover and choose from various investment strategies to suit their personal risk profile.

    • Foundation
  36. Low inflation expectations and restraint curb wage growth

    Wages in Switzerland may rise somewhat more vigorously in the next few years. There are various factors holding back wage growth, however.

    • Publications
  37. Swiss SMEs consider themselves to be competitive

    Global competition, exchange rate fluctuations, and digitalization are still the main issues facing Swiss SMEs in 2018. International rankings show that Switzerland is one of most competitive countries in the world. How do SMEs rate this competitiveness? Credit Suisse's SME Survey answers this question and more.

    • Foundation
    • Growth
    • Publications
  38. Exchange Rates: Who's Following What Strategy in 2018?

    Currency hedging and planning security are two factors that preoccupy Swiss SMEs. Despite good economic prospects, the risk of currency fluctuations will always be there. Our publication looks at what strategies a company can follow.

    • Export
    • Forex
    • Publications
  39. When Skilled Workers Are in Short Supply

    Around 90,000 SMEs in Switzerland are acutely affected by a shortage of skilled workers. What are you doing about it?

    • Foundation
    • Growth
    • Publications
  40. Investor Platform

    Procuring Capital or Making Direct Investments.

    • Foundation
    • Growth
    • Succession
    • Loans
    • M&A
    • Capital market
    • Private Wealth
  41. Corporate Cash

    Strategy for Withdrawal or Management of Non-Business-Critical Liquidity – Avoid Negative Interest Rates.

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
    • Private Wealth
  42. Corporate Housekeeping for SMEs

    Services for Your Owner Shares.

    • Foundation
    • Private Wealth
    • Daily Business
  43. Advisory Services for Executives

    Optimization of the Compensation Cycle.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
  44. Income and Asset Structuring

    Income and Asset Structuring for Entrepreneurs. Optimize Private Asset Accumulation at an Early Stage.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
  45. Business Performance in the Industry Sector

    The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) is an economic indicator and shows the current trajectory of business performance in the industry sector.

    • Publications
    • Sector
  46. Cash Management Dossier

    A company always needs to have enough liquidity for its business operations.

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
    • Publications
  47. Corporate Succession Dossier

    Company succession in corporate management is a complex process, which presents the company with a variety of challenges.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • M&A
    • Publications
  48. SME export prospects: 3rd quarter 2018

    The export sentiment remains high among Swiss SMEs. From the perspective of SMEs, the short-term international growth opportunities are not diminished by the impending trade disputes or Brexit.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Publications
  49. Swiss Pension Fund Survey 2017

    What challenges are currently top of the list for Swiss pension funds? As part of an exclusive survey, almost 200 pension fund managers provided answers on this topic and many others.

    • Private Wealth
    • Publications
  50. Sector Handbook 2017: Where are the Swiss industries moving?

    Credit Suisse's 2017 Sector Handbook takes a look at the 27 biggest sectors in Switzerland and offers a perspective on the most significant developments over the coming years. Where are the risks, and where are the opportunities?

    • Publications
    • Sector
  51. Retail Outlook 2017

    Swiss retail trade is changing: The Swiss retail trade has another difficult year behind it as nominal sector sales fell for the second year in a row in 2016.

    • Sector
    • Publications
  52. Real Estate Market 2017

    Tenants Wanted: 2017 is expected to be no less turbulent.

    • Publications
    • Sector
  53. "Entrepreneur" Flash

    Issued every 14 days, it includes the current economic indicators and the trend outlook from Credit Suisse Economic Research – sent directly to your smartphone.

    • Publications
  54. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Spring 2017

    Taking the long view: Day-to-day business in Swiss companies is defined by a fast-paced market environment and by technology.

    • Consolidation
    • Publications
  55. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Fall 2016

    Increase efficiency: In recent years, the Swiss market environment has become more demanding.

    • Consolidation
    • Publications
  56. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Spring 2016

    Your advisor in wealth management: Borer Chemie AG is a dynamic, family-owned business.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Publications
  57. SVC – Ltd. for Risk Capital for SMEs Activity Report

    Switzerland was able to assert its position as a world champion in invention and development in the past year. In 2016, our country is once again at the top (or very close to it) in many of the global innovation rankings.

    • Publications
    • Network
  58. Locational Quality 2016

    The long-term economic potential of the Swiss canton is heavily influenced by the wider parameters that apply to companies.

    • Export
    • Publications
  59. Swiss Healthcare Sector 2015

    Demographic aging continues.

    • Publications
    • Sector
  60. Income Producing Real Estate

    We support you in your role as real estate entrepreneur and private individual.

    • Succession
    • Private Wealth
  61. Study on the Financing of SMEs in Switzerland in 2016

    A study by the Institute of Financial Services Zug (IFZ) at the Hochschule Luzern on behalf of SECO.

    • Capital market
    • Publications
  62. Entrepreneur Video Portraits

    Read the profiles to find out more about the road to entrepreneurial success, about the dreams that came true or are yet to come true, about what makes these entrepreneurs particularly proud, and about the values that matter in a long-term partnership.

    • Foundation
    • Private Wealth
    • Success Stories
  63. Office markets reviving from the inside out

    The economic recovery is bringing a change in the real estate market. Demand for office space and office rooms is set to increase.

    • Publications
    • Sector
  64. Prepare well. Export successfully.

    Protectionism, competition from emerging markets, and digitalization are changing how we export. Swiss SMEs have are managing to find the right strategy to position themselves successfully in the global market.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  65. Corporate loans at the click of a mouse. Apply for credit online.

    Online Credit enables SMEs to obtain a corporate loan even faster: easy access to corporate financing with an operating or investment loan.

    • Growth
    • Loans
    • Capital market
  66. Moving toward the future with courage

    How much progress does Switzerland need? Where does it need more, where less? The Credit Suisse Progress Barometer indicates that entrepreneurs embrace progress more than the general public does. This aspect is related to their willingness to take on risk. Risk tolerance is a quality that makes possible innovation – and improvement along with it.

    • Publications
  67. Staying solvent. Five tips for liquidity.

    Liquidity is the lifeblood of a company. SMEs need available funds to do business. Therefore good liquidity planning is vital. Discover the practical benefits of multibanking, and what steps you can take to ensure that you are always solvent.

    • Growth
    • Loans
  68. Transferring profits to private assets: What entrepreneurs need to keep in mind

    It is one of the key questions of any entrepreneur: What options do they have available to transfer profits from their company to their private assets while paying as little in taxes as possible? How can they respect their obligations under corporate law but lower their wealth taxes and create optimal conditions for transferring equity at any time? What effect will corporate tax reform (Tax Proposal 17) have on these questions?

    • Growth
    • Private Wealth
    • Pension Solution
  69. Modern financing for SMEs. Growth and innovation.

    Credit Suisse is striking new paths in corporate finance and is focusing on innovation and growth. In this interview, Head of SME Business Switzerland Andreas Gerber explains why both a simple corporate loan and complex solutions are needed.

    • Growth
    • Leasing & Factoring
    • Loans
  70. Get a new machine – quickly and easily. Online Leasing makes it possible

    Use it without buying it. Leasing gives SMEs a chance to stay on the cutting edge of technology. How equipment leasing works and why even companies with good liquidity choose to lease.

    • Leasing & Factoring
    • Capital market
    • Loans
  71. Solid capital structures. Swiss SMEs do their reputation justice.

    Swiss companies are not immune to the effects of globalization, the strong Swiss franc, and growing competitive pressure. However, Swiss SMEs have shown resilience. Not least thanks to numerous financing solutions. The Swiss Credit Handbook 2018 from Credit Suisse examines the creditworthiness of the most important companies on the Swiss bond market.

    • Growth
    • Capital market
    • Loans
    • Publications
  72. Dentists around the world rely on the Swiss innovations of Geistlich Pharma

    Geistlich Pharma AG is a global leader in the regeneration of bones and gums. For CEO Paul Note, subsidiaries are a critical success factor for exporting from Switzerland. Read why he encourages SMEs to take the same step.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  73. Eight questions and answers about "1e" pension assets

    BVG "1e": The first integrated bank savings solution for SMEs in Switzerland gives investors and in particular companies new freedoms in designing their pension provision. We answer the eight most pressing questions about "1e" pension plans.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Pension Solution
  74. The Swiss economy will be audited. SMEs in particular must be up to the challenge.

    Industrie 4.0 and international protectionism present Swiss companies with challenges. At the first Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Congress, figures from the worlds of politics and business discussed how Swiss SMEs can stay competitive.

    • Growth
    • Network
    • Sector
  75. Meeting the growing demands for customization with a "1e" pension plan

    So-called "1e" pension plans have various advantages for not only employees but also companies and business owners offering extra-mandatory insurance. Besides transferring company assets to the pension assets, "1e" plans can also help take some of the burden off a company's balance sheet.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Pension Solution
  76. Exporting from Switzerland: Götti is a successful exporter to 30 countries

    Götti eyewear can be purchased around the world. It is, however, easier to export to some countries than it is to export to others. Find out how Götti overcame trade barriers and which markets the Swiss company has its sights set on next.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  77. Five measures to help protect yourself against cyber-risks

    Companies and individuals fall victim to cybercriminals time and time again. Criminals use a range of cyber-attacks to take advantage of people's trusting nature, willingness to help, or insecurities, with the aim of accessing confidential data or forcing their victims to take specific actions.

    • Daily Business
  78. The question of how to withdraw retirement assets

    To accommodate the new reality of low interest rates and progressive demographic aging in the best way possible, pension funds are taking advantage of the available options in the extra-mandatory area. A trend can be observed towards a reduction in conversion rates and technical interest rates in the extra-mandatory part of the occupational pension fund system and it looks likely to continue in the years to come. Future retirees must therefore expect lower retirement benefits.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Pension Solution
    • Publications
  79. Successfully exporting to China. Overcoming cultural differences.

    If you want to export products to China, thorough preparation is key. A lack of preparation may cause you to be tripped up by cultural differences or regulatory barriers. Find out why China is becoming the number one export destination for Swiss SMEs, and how to protect yourself against counterfeits.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  80. Exporting to the US: 5 dos and don'ts

    The US market is not easy for exporters. However, in 2017, Swiss companies sold goods with a value of more than CHF 33 billion to the US. If you want to be successful in the US market, keep in mind the following dos and don'ts.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  81. “1e” pension plans: Optimizing wealth accumulation

    Since October 2017, the so-called "1e" plans, which offer investors and companies a new degree of freedom in organizing their pension plans, have provided new opportunities for optimized wealth accumulation.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Pension Solution
  82. "Credit Suisse is a bank that understands Swiss SMEs."

    A fleet of 70 dark-blue trucks is on the roads all across Switzerland every day, transporting the 250,000 pieces of clothing that Bardusch AG washes daily. This truck fleet is financed through a leasing agreement with Credit Suisse – a business model that Bardusch AG also offers to its customers by providing professional workwear.

    • Growth
    • Leasing & Factoring
    • Success Stories
  83. Exporting to Germany is simple – with a few challenges

    The German and Swiss markets are quite similar. However, Swiss SMEs must meet some challenges when exporting to Germany. Read why a clear USP is essential, and what other special features are of note.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  84. Exporting from Switzerland: A guide to trading abroad

    Exporting is an opportunity and a challenge for Swiss SMEs. The following checklist will help you capture new markets. Step by step you will find out what you need to consider when planning your exports.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  85. Twelve mistakes that all start-ups should avoid

    Half of all start-ups have disappeared within five years of being founded. You should do your utmost to avoid the following things, thus ensuring that your company is among the 50 percent that survive.

    • Foundation
    • Loans
    • Network
  86. Trade barriers: How to export successfully despite them

    Despite mounting globalization, companies are increasingly being confronted with trade barriers. Customs duties and regulations hamper trade. Daniel Küng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise, encourages small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to venture into exporting regardless.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  87. Hidden reserve: A potential antidote to the shortage of skilled workers

    Demographics and declining immigration reinforce the shortage of skilled workers. Is there a solution to this problem? There is untapped potential among the unemployed, underemployed and in particular in the "hidden reserve."

    • Publications
  88. Unicorns and gazelles. Facts and figures about start-ups in Switzerland

    Each year, 40,000 new companies are founded, 400 of which are considered high-growth. What conditions in Switzerland promote innovation, and where is there room for improvement? Also, what do unicorns and gazelles have to do with start-ups?

    • Growth
    • Network
  89. Five Typical Errors in Export – and How You Can Avoid Them

    Are you and your company planning to expand into a new export market – perhaps even for the first time? Find out what you should be aware of and how you can successfully overcome typical hurdles.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  90. OpportunityNet: Referral Platform for Companies Looking to Buy and Sell

    Referral platforms exist not only for private relationships, but also for companies. With OpportunityNet, Credit Suisse manages one of the largest databases of its kind in Switzerland. It helps individuals looking to sell their businesses connect with potential buyers and vice versa.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Network
  91. Thinking about the Future in Good Time: Corporate Succession for Smaller and Medium-Sized Enterprises

    Do you already know what will become of your business in the long term? Developing a strategy at an early stage with alternatives for succession management ensures the future of your life's work. Here we show you the most important strategies and options for preparing a company succession.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
  92. Logistics Are Conquering the City

    City logistics is becoming increasingly important. On one hand, more and more people live in cities and their agglomerations. On the other, they increasingly order items on the internet. To efficiently manage logistics in the city, innovative solutions are required.

    • Growth
    • Publications
    • Sector
  93. Traditional Stores Are Doomed

    The structural revolution in the retail trade is moving forward at full power. Rising levels of vacancies of shop premises show this clearly. A look at the USA reveals how the retail trade in Switzerland could develop.

    • Growth
    • Publications
    • Sector
  94. Office Space per Employee Declines

    The revival of demand in the office property market is amplifying the clear signs of stabilization. That is expected to lead to a decline in supply and vacancy rates and a sideways trend for contractually-agreed rents. Supply and demand for office property is stabilizing thanks to the healthy economy, which has an effect on prices. However, in the long run, the need for additional office property is expected to decrease.

    • Growth
    • Publications
    • Sector
  95. Society Is Insufficiently Aware of What SMEs Achieve

    Andreas Gerber has been the new President of the Swiss Venture Club for four months. He would like to raise the profile of the entrepreneurs' platform among politicians and encourage SMEs to recognize the opportunities offered by digitalization.

    • Growth
    • Network
  96. Better Access to Unfamiliar Markets Thanks to S-GE and Credit Suisse

    Personal contact and dialogue are especially important when exporting to remote markets.

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  97. Starmind International AG: From Fish Brains to Corporate Software

    When Pascal Kaufmann was a student in the United States 17 years ago, he was dissecting a fish brain so that he could connect parts of it to a robot. He started thinking about how wonderful it would be to create a kind of global, interconnected brain to solve problems. He later returned to Switzerland, where he happened to meet business systems engineer Marc Vontobel while working in a university robotics department. As Marc Vontobel recalls, “I had already started several businesses, but none had fascinated me as much as Pascal’s idea did.”

    • Growth
    • Foundation
    • Loans
    • Success Stories
  98. Bigler AG: A Family-owned Meat Processing Company

    Bigler AG Fleischwaren, located in Büren an der Aare, has grown from a small butcher shop to a large, family-run company over the course of 70 years while always remaining under the ownership of one family. Taking advantage of changes in the industry and automating logistics processes have been the key to growth.

    • Growth
    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Success Stories
  99. Datamars SA: Smart Planning for Complex Loans

    The Ticino-based company Datamars SA uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track pets, textiles and livestock. Livestock, its newest business area, is experiencing rapid growth. Sura Fini Di Pietro is a veteran client advisor for Credit Suisse. She explains in conversation with Datamars CEO, Klaus Ackerstaff, that the company's financing arrangements are unusual, even for her.

    • Growth
    • Loans
    • M&A
    • Success Stories
  100. "The Responsible Business Initiative will affect all companies."

    Approval of the Responsible Business Initiative would impose a substantial burden on many Swiss businesses – not just on corporations, as the Initiative's German name (Konzernverantwortungsinitiative) would suggest. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular would feel the effect. Manuel Rybach, Global Head of Public Affairs and Policy at Credit Suisse, explains why.

    • Growth
    • Capital market
    • Publications
  101. Swiss Venture Club: Handing over the Reins to Andreas Gerber

    On September 6, 2017, Andreas Gerber, Head of SME Business Switzerland at Credit Suisse, was elected as the new President of the Swiss Venture Club (SVC) at the Annual General Meeting of the SVC at Bellevue Palace in Bern.

    • Growth
    • Network
  102. 5 Tips for Successfully Using Social Media in SMEs

    Social media is part of a good communications mix and offers a lot of potential for SMEs.

    • Growth
    • Foundation
    • Daily Business
  103. Spross Group: Deeply rooted for generations

    Among the strengths of Natalie Spross Döbeli, CEO of Spross-Holding AG, are the ability to communicate clearly, see the big picture and keep all of her employees on the same page – and this has allowed her to transform Spross from a top-down to a team-based enterprise. It has also made everything more authentic, she says.

    • Succession
    • Success Stories
  104. BVG 1e Plans: Optimize Wealth Accumulation

    Since October 2017, new possibilities for optimized wealth accumulation exist for entrepreneurs with the so-called BVG 1e plans. This offers investors and businesses new freedoms in designing their pensions. Andreas Arni, Head of Entrepreneurs & Executives, in an interview on benefits and drawbacks of the 1e plans.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Pension Solution
  105. Pension Provision for Part-Time Employees: An Entrepreneurial Responsibility

    More than one in three people in Switzerland work part-time, including more and more men. For employees who work just a few hours and have a low income, the current pension system can mean large coverage shortfalls. It is important to provide information in a timely manner and create suitable framework conditions.

    • Consolidation
    • Private Wealth
    • Daily Business
  106. Codec: High-Precision Bar-Turning Machines in Val-de-Ruz

    What do a windshield wiper and a hearing aid have in common? Both can contain tiny metal parts manufactured by Codec SA in Val-de-Ruz. Its CEO Michel di Bernardo explains the company's success with two key words: responsibility and trust.

    • Succession
    • Export
    • Success Stories
  107. Fabian Cancellara

    From athlete to entrepreneur: how life, priorities, and goals change.

    • Foundation
    • Success Stories
  108. Advice from Entrepreneurs & Executives Desks

    Because entrepreneurs' personal and business assets are so tightly intertwined, Credit Suisse offers them advice from a single source through its Entrepreneurs & Executives desks (E&E desks): Advisory teams comprised of a private client advisor and a corporate client advisor meet a wide range of client needs and help clients to optimize their portfolio structure.

    • Consolidation
    • Succession
    • Private Wealth
  109. SVC – Ltd.: Mid-Market Lending

    There are many situations that can exceed the normal financial requirements of an SME, and circumstances in which an SME wants an exceptional financing model. Today more than ever, capital providers are required to create novel and special solutions to correspond with the demands of the entrepreneur. Swiss Venture Club's strategic partner, Credit Suisse (Switzerland) AG, founded a wholly-owned subsidiary called "SVC – Ltd. for Risk Capital for SMEs" back in 2010, which has invested approximately CHF 100 million in SMEs and young entrepreneurs. The next step followed at the end of 2016 with the new and flexible financing tool: mid-market lending.

    • Growth
    • Succession
    • Loans
    • Capital market
  110. Checklist: Optimizing Excess Liquidity

    Are you trying to improve how you use and administer your company's excess liquidity? This checklist can help you examine possible steps and solutions for your business and its assets.

    • Consolidation
    • Payments & Accounts
  111. Blumer-Lehmann AG: On the Way to the Top

    Until a few years ago, its timber constructions would have been considered technically impossible. But through a great deal of courage and intellect, Blumer-Lehmann AG in Eastern Switzerland has reached the summit in the world of timber architecture. And Katharina Lehmann, President of the Board of Directors, is not resting on her laurels.

    • Consolidation
    • Growth
    • Export
    • Leasing & Factoring
    • Success Stories
  112. Producing More Efficiently and Cost-Effectively Thanks to Leasing

    Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. has offered leasing in the Swiss market for more than 50 years and is also the market leader, thanks to its broadly diversified offering. There is also a trend towards leasing among companies, and an increasing number of SMEs are employing this instrument as a possible form of financing. Silvio Mariani, Senior Leasing Specialist at Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., explains why the construction sector in particular values the advantages of leasing so highly, and what potential there is for leasing in general.

    • Growth
    • Leasing & Factoring
  113. League of Leading Ladies Conference

    Whether as entrepreneurs, employees, or clients, women are increasingly becoming the driving forces that are actively demanding and implementing change. Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking, and Laura Hemrika, Head of Corporate Citizenship & Foundations at Credit Suisse, agree on this. At this year's League of Leading Ladies conference on March 30 and 31, 2017, in Interlaken, they discussed the challenges and solutions associated with this topic.

    • Private Wealth
    • Network
  114. Symphasis Foundation: An Own Foundation

    Two years ago, Silvio and Gaby Inderbitzin established their own foundation, called Edusiga, under Credit Suisse's umbrella foundation Symphasis. Their capital now helps a number of young Kenyans to earn their high school diplomas each year, giving them a life of greater opportunities.

    • Foundation
    • Private Wealth
    • Success Stories
  115. Catch a Car AG: The First Free-Floating Car-Sharing Offering

    Viviana Buchmann helped make Mobility extremely successful. Now, with Catch a Car, she is running Switzerland's first free-floating car-sharing service and sat down with us to explain how essential long-term thinking is to business success.

    • Foundation
    • Success Stories
  116. Toggenburg Bergbahnen AG: Focus on the regions qualities

    How do you make long-term plans for a risky undertaking like a mountain cableway? Mélanie Eppenberger, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Toggenburg Bergbahnen, talks about the vision behind their most recent investments, ideal financing solutions, and how she counteracts the dependency of the business on the weather.

    • Growth
    • Leasing & Factoring
    • Success Stories
  117. Noventa Consulting AG: Kaizen – Higher Revenues with Less Effort

    "Kaizen” became an internationally recognized term through auto manufacturer Toyota, which has used this Japanese philosophy in its production for decades. Noventa Consulting AG advises companies on implementing Kaizen and believes that if implemented consistently, it could keep many jobs in Switzerland.

    • Consolidation
    • Daily Business
    • Success Stories
  118. Nile Clothing AG: Consistent, Efficient, On the Go

    At just 26 and 28 years old, Marc and Kevin Willy took over the Swiss fashion label Nile. Before that, Kevin set up an office for the company in Shanghai, and Marc drove their expansion into Germany forward. Above all, however, they are a step ahead of other companies in digitalization.

    • Growth
    • Succession
    • Export
    • Succession planning
    • Success Stories
    • Network
  119. Seitz Group: Lean Management

    Seitz makes valves for various industries, including PET bottle production and nuclear power plants. Four years ago, the company made the decision to keep its production facility in Switzerland despite tremendous cost pressure. CEO Andreas Steiner tells us what actions were taken to boost efficiency following that decision.

    • Consolidation
    • Success Stories
  120. SGE: Support with Internationalization

    Expansion into other countries is associated with new perspectives, but it also carries risks and generates many questions. Credit Suisse supports companies in their internationalization with the help of partners such as Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE).

    • Growth
    • Export
    • Network
  121. M&A for SMEs: "Selling a company is like a journey"

    If the successor for the company does not come from your own family, it can be difficult to search for a suitable buyer single-handedly. As the leading Swiss bank for M&A, Credit Suisse mediates and assists buyers and sellers.

    • Growth
    • Succession
    • M&A
    • Succession planning
  122. Helvetica Capital AG: “We invest in unique ideas”

    Helvetica Capital AG invests in established Swiss companies. CEO Johannes Suter explains why this makes sense for Switzerland and outlines the philosophy of investors.

    • Growth
    • Capital market
    • M&A
    • Network
  123. LLL & GetDiversity: Network for Female Entrepreneurs

    Fresh impetus, the latest knowledge, and networking opportunities for female entrepreneurs and businesswomen from all over the world.

    • Network
  124. Swiss Venture Club: Connecting Swiss SMEs

    The Swiss Venture Club actively pursues the aim of supporting and promoting SMEs as the driving force of the Swiss economy, in order to help create and maintain workplaces in Switzerland.

    • Network
  125. SVC – Ltd.: "We want to see development potential"

    Beat Brechbühl has been a member of the Board of Directors at SVC – Ltd. for Risk Capital for SMEs (SVC Ltd.) since it was founded six years ago. In conversation he explains what the perfect investment looks like for SVC Ltd.

    • Foundation
    • Growth
    • Capital market
    • M&A
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  126. Success Factors for Swiss SMEs 2016: Digitization – an Opportunity for SMEs

    Despite the positive overall assessment of Switzerland as a business location by SMEs, there are challenges as Switzerland has been increasingly at issue as an industrial and business location since the abolition of the EUR/CHF minimum exchange rate on January 15, 2015. Of the five measures surveyed for countering locational disadvantages, the SMEs describe the introduction of new technologies as the most important one. These are the findings of the survey conducted by Credit Suisse Economic Research. 

    • Foundation
    • Growth
    • Publications
  127. Company Succession in Practice

    For every entrepreneur, corporate succession is one of the most crucial strategic tasks to be performed. Our survey of over 1,300 Swiss small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) clearly shows just how important this subject is in the eyes of business owners. More than three-fourths of the managers surveyed had already begun in some form to tackle the issue of finding a successor.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Private Wealth
    • Publications
  128. Piega SA: Hitting the High Notes

    For nearly three decades, Piega has been manufacturing loudspeakers on Lake Zurich that are nearly unmatched around the globe. How a passion for good music built a company with Swiss precision that stands up to the strong franc.

    • Consolidation
    • Export
    • Success Stories
  129. Corporate Branding in the Digital Age

    In a world where people can decide online what they do and do not want to see, quality criteria for marketing communication are more important than ever. The following is a list of questions developed by Frank Bodin for this magazine. If you can answer “yes” to all of them, you are probably on the right track.

    • Foundation
  130. Borer Chemie AG: The Right Chemistry

    Making a clean sweep – this is the perfect metaphor to describe Borer Chemie AG. This family firm in Zuchwil offers innovative cleaning and disinfection solutions, and managed an almost seamless handover to the second generation.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Success Stories
  131. The Added Value of Swissness

    The Swiss export industry is greatly affected by the potential competitive disadvantage that a stronger franc poses. However, the “Swissness” factor should not be underestimated as a coun-terweight. An economic expert and two entrepreneurs told us why it is critical to implement this counterweight in times of crisis.

    • Export
  132. IBSA Institut Biochimique SA: A Fruitful Company

    Five years ago, IBSA, the biggest pharmaceutical company in Ticino, ran into difficulties for a short time owing to the strength of the Swiss franc, but got back on course thanks to its great innovativeness. Since then, the company has continued to rise on the list of the Swiss pharmaceutical companies with the highest turnover and, in terms of fertility medication, occupies fourth place worldwide.

    • Consolidation
    • Export
    • Success Stories
  133. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Summer 2015

    Swiss entrepreneurship as a value proposition: Although the situation appeared tumultuous when the euro exchange rate floor was lifted at the start of 2015, the initial doubts and fears rapidly dissolved when it became clear that Swiss entrepreneurship would remain steady in spite of any headwinds.

    • Publications
  134. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Spring 2015

    Opportunities and challenges in the low interest rate environment: Owing to the strong Swiss franc, many Swiss SMEs with a high proportion of export business were seriously challenged in recent years, or their very existence was under threat.

    • Loans
    • Publications
  135. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Summer 2014

    Internationalization: Experts on the export industry and the "In Brief" column inform you of the latest forecasts and facts.

    • Export
    • Publications
  136. “Entrepreneur” Magazine: Fall 2013

    The topic of company succession is of concern to Swiss SMEs: Over the next five years, almost 1 in four companies will be transferred to a successor.

    • Succession
    • Succession planning
    • Publications
  137. Publications and Subscriptions

    The economists at Credit Suisse Economic Research analyze economic developments, sector trends, and regional developments on an ongoing basis. Choose the subscriptions you require – and make sure you stay one step ahead.

    • Capital market
    • Daily Business
    • Publications
  138. News

    Whether it's economic developments, sector trends, financial expertise, or product news, we'll keep you up-to-date with the latest topics – in a way that's specially tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs.

    • Daily Business
  139. Success Stories

    Entrepreneurs create value and jobs. Entrepreneurs get things done. Entrepreneurs move Switzerland. Entrepreneurs inspire. As the Bank for Entrepreneurs, we provide them with guidance and support.

    • Private Wealth
    • Success Stories
  140. Network

    Benefit from our network of valuable contacts and unique platforms – both in Switzerland and abroad. Together with our partners we can help you and your company move forward.

    • Succession
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