Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Who are BDG?
What is BDG in a nutshell?
BDG is a Berlin based consultancy firm, which is specialized in the support of foreign companies with their market entry in Germany. With our global network, we offer a wide range of services and have developed a proven method for the swift and pragmatic market entry of your business. You can find a variety of information about our company on this website.
Where are you located?
We are located in Cologne, but have sattelite offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich.
How can you help me?
When expanding internationally, it is far better to have a partner ‘on the ground’ in your target market. We know the German market and have great experience in market entry here. Therefore we offer a wide range of services, covering any and every aspect you most likely will need for a successful start in Germany. By working with us, you will have one point of contact, without having to deal with multiple parties.
Ok, I would like to start, what now?
We usually begin with a thorough interview via phone or a skype meeting. This step is essential to get a clear picture of your company and scope of business. We discuss the state of affairs of your activities and offer you a closer insight in our way of working. After the first contact, you can decide where the journey will go. Your can choose from our Initial Packages , a batch of pre-defined services, which set the framework of our primary activities for your organization. In addition, we offer a wide range of tailor made solutions in collaboration with our partners throughout Germany. We are your main point of contact for any kind of request. You have a problem? We will solve it!
Most Germans speak English, why can't I do this myself?
Although it is true that most German business people have a grasp of English, it is far more effective to start dealings and negotiations with them in their Mother tongue. All B2C activity should be in German.
Do I have to pay in advance?
Yes! We offer our Initial Packages, a set of predefined services, which offer you a first overview about the potential and possibilities for your business on the German market. This is usually the first step to take. However, we also offer commission based solutions in collaboration with our sales agents in Germany. Contact us today and we will find the right approach for you!
What kind of companies have you worked with?
Historically, our focus has been on helping German companies doing business in Germany. Our clients range from small SME’s to large multi-nationals. Our collective know-how is now available to anyone who is interested in expanding into Europe’s key market.
What other advantages are there on expanding into Germany?
It will make it easier for you to win more customers in neighbouring Austria and Switzerland who share the same language. That’s more than 100 million potential customers!
What's a virtual office?
By having a virtual office, you will have a presence in Germany with your own address, call center and mail forwarding services available.
Will inbound call centre enquiries be forwarded to me in English?
Yes. Call agents will answer calls on your behalf in German and then send you captured information in English.
Can you help me find staff?
Yes, we can help you find experienced German speaking staff for you and deal with all bureaucracy for you!
Can you help me find 'commission only' sales agents?
Yes, we can help you find experienced agents who are available immediately.
Can you help represent me at German traide fairs?
Yes, once we have a thorough understanding of your product or service we can represent you at the world class famous German trade shows if needed.
Are you a consultancy or a facilitator?
Both! If you need advice, we can help. If you just would like us to execute measures, we will. Mostly however a strategy and some degree of consultancy are extremely important before other steps are taken!