Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) helps international companies invest and expand in South Africa. Get your business off the ground and grow your presence with our free advisory services.

How we can help

Acting as your partner, we help you identify business opportunities that match your strategic priorities and guide you throughout the process. For best results, we cooperate with regional agencies all over South Africa.



Our services

Our key services include giving strategic and practical advice, providing market reports, carrying out site search and selection, and guiding you through legal regulations from company registration and recruitment to migration law.

What you can expect

Count on us to shorten your time to market and make the process of entering the South African market smooth and effective. You can also expect us to find the most competitive opportunities for your company.

We support your market entry in South Africa. Here is a list of common challenges and our suggested solutions.

 

I’M LOOKING FOR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR MY COMPANY IN SOUTH AFRICA. WHERE DO I START?

We can help you identify the most relevant opportunities by taking your needs and demands as well as the current market conditions and industry resources into account.

This is how we can help:

  • Find and evaluate the right business opportunities for your specific needs and/or strategic decision
  • Present different entry alternatives to consider before taking the next step

CAN YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET AND ITS KEY INDUSTRIES?

We certainly can. For a smooth establishment, it is crucial to understand South Africa as a business location, from relevant costs and taxation to availability of skills and immigration policy.

This is how we can help:

  • Provide reports and analyses on industries and/or industry segments
  • Map the most important issues to consider, including costs for setting up and running a business, taxation, available competence and skills, labour laws and immigration policy.

HOW DO I FIND SUITABLE BUSINESS AND COMPETENCE PARTNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Finding the right competence and technologies is crucial for a new business to grow and thrive. We understand that this can be a challenge for international companies that lack the necessary contact network.

This is how we can help:

  • Connect with regional partners and their local network
  • Identify relevant clusters and/or industry organisations, research institutes, universities, innovation companies etc.
  • Forward your request for support to suitable business partners, including bookkeeping agencies, lawyers, auditor firms and payroll professionals

CAN YOU HELP ME FIND SUITABLE SITE LOCATION AND BUSINESS FACILITIES?

Yes we can! Finding a location and understanding its advantages in a new market can be time-consuming. We are your one-stop-shop in the site selection process, ensuring a smooth establishment journey to South Africa.

This is how we can help:

  • Find available sites in our interactive map tool
  • Provide strategic advice in the process of evaluating potential sites
  • Coordinate the site selection process, benchmark locations and organize site visits

HOW DO I DEAL WITH RECRUITMENT REGULATIONS AND OTHER LEGAL MATTERS, ANY ADVICE?

Market entry demands an understanding of local laws and regulations as well as practices for operating a business and employing personnel. This is a challenge for most newcomers on the South African market.

This is how we can help:

  • Offer general information on legal, financial and employment matters
  • Advise on company registration, recruitment and migration
  • Provide you with more information in establishment guides

WE ARE GOING TO REVISE OUR INVESTMENT DECISIONS – CAN YOU HELP TO STRENGTHEN THE SOUTH AFRICAN CASE?

Absolutely. It is important to review investment decisions to keep growing and stay up to date with industry changes.

This is how we can help:

  • Make cost analyses and comparisons with other countries
  • Help you to access key stakeholders, both in the public and private sector
  • Provide basic location searches in the Nordic region

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Becoming an Local Enterprise and Association Development Client

To find out if LEAD can help your business, please contact us.

Email Us at: ClientServices@LEAD.org.za