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Factsheet for measure DK-2019-40/2570 – measures in Denmark
|Country||Denmark , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 October 2019|
|Context||COVID-19, Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Reorientation of business activities
|Author||Carsten Jørgensen (FAOS, University of Copenhagen), Anders Randrup (Oxford Research) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 17 November 2022)|
Virksomhedsguiden (The Business Guide) has replaced the former Start-up Guide to Growth (Startvækst) although it is mostly by name only.
The new instrument has a little broader scope than the former one. Newly added themes in the Business Guide is a guide for companies about how to act in relation to COVID-19, including possibilities for compensation and a theme called 'Get ready for Brexit'.
The Business Guide covers start-up and new enterprises, and it is finalised to provide a guidance through the landscape of duties, difficulties, and possibilities connected to starting a business.
The internet portal 'Virksomhedsguident.dk' offers entrepreneurs a step by step guide about what to remember and keep focus on in relation to start a new enterprise.
The most important sections are:
Describe your business idea thoroughly;
Investigate the market;
Have a reality check of your economy;
Get attention though digital marketing;
Decide the corporate form of the business;
Find a suitable location; and
Get to know the rules and agreements regarding having employees.
The portal contains references to all significant public services. This includes initiatives, funding and programmes designed to support growth, innovation and development among private businesses. The internet portal provides a guide for relevant start-up events in different parts of the country. Furthermore there is a new guide focused on where to get support in the local area.
Virksomhedsguiden is an activity under the Danish Business Authority (Erhvervsstyrelsen) the Danish Business Authority belongs to the Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet)
Cooperation with banks, accountants and lawyers. The Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs (Erhvervsministeriet) is the responsible ministry.
There are no relevant evaluations yet of the Business Guide. However, an example of a positive experience can be found at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), there is special focus on start-ups with an innovative businees idea. Reseachers and and senior student at DTU established 87 start-ups in 2018.
The Business Guide provides a general overview on how to generate enterprise growth and development both in the national and the global market. This includes a very detailed dictionary of, for instance, activities such as 'payment of employees', ICT measures policies or explaining tax rules.
Employees in standard employment
||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Eurofound (2022), Guide to growth, measure DK-2019-40/2570 (measures in Denmark), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/DK-2019-40_2570.html
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