Languages in Cyprus
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hi can anyone tell me who are the best people to approach for information on starting a business up in cyprus. e.g. solicitor, estate agent. ect. i run a business here but want to start one from scratch in cyprus, in the leisure side of things. thanks charlie
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Wholesale/Distribution to Private retailers, a question on "culture" of how business is conducted between them
I am looking to distribute my own brand of Womenswear from Spain where I reside to carefully selected Boutiques & Clothing Shops in Cyprus. How is business conducted at a distributor/wholesale level to privately owned retail shops as far as finance & agreements are concerned? I will be visiting Cyprus early next year after making key appointments before my visit and would like information on t
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Language in Cyprus
Why wait until you're in Cyprus to pick up the language. Would it not be wise to familiarise yourself with an adoptive tongue before setting up a business in Cyprus, ensuring you have the confidence and ability to interact with your customers, clients and business associates. There are many UK-based tutorial companies that can help you learn a foreign language in your own time. These companies cover all levels of ability, from understanding your first foreign word to refining your last. Sessions can be available either at your office, home, or organised classes.
Depending on the nature of your business or investment, foreign nationals generally prefer dealing with someone who they can form a good business relationship in Cyprus with. Communication and interpersonal skills are therefore paramount, as well as the ability to be enthused about a product, service or business plan.
There are two official languages in Cyprus. Of the estimated 736,000 population of the island, around 13% speak the official language Turkish, and 84% speak the official language Greek. The island is divided into two, and the Cypriot Turks live to the north, the Greek Cypriots to the south. English is usually used at business level, however learning some Greek or Turkish (according to the are you are targeting) before starting up in the island can help in building up a positive attitude.
Translation and Interpretation
When doing business in Cyprus It is very likely, at some point, you will need to use a translator. Depending on who you are conversing with, it may be necessary for formal meetings and negotiations that you use an interpreter. Looking ahead, this will help eradicate even the slightest chance of misinterpretation or miscommunication.
Knowledge of the country's language could mean the difference between a deal clincher or calamity, and therefore it would be advisable to hire a reputable translator. Greek or Turkish translators will also be able to help you with marketing and advertising. They can ensure you avoid cultural and grammatical faux pas, which could otherwise be detrimental to your business.
Whether its documental, personal on interactive interpretation or translation youre after, there are many fine, highly-qualified companies who can assist you in doing business in Cyprus, many of which can be found right here.
Organisations that can assist with Languages
GTP cross cultural trainings and intercultural workshops help global companies in improving their communication, efficiency and profitability when doing business across cultures.