Market information and business guides about the Czech Republic are provided by traditional international sources; global consulting companies (PwC, Ernst and Young) or international organisations (the World Bank´s database DoingBusiness.org) try to offer online information providing a more detailed approach. Some Czech sources can also serve as a very valuable gate to general market information (CzechInvest, Doingbusiness.cz, Czech.cz).
Basic country information concerning the Czech Republic as well as other countries can be found at Countryreports web site. This web site offers information about economy, labor, geography and government administration. The site also provides users with up-to-date Czech news from relevant news sources.
The Doing Business database provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement. The Doing Business indicators are comparable across 190 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain investment, productivity, and growth.
On the local web site PwC offers a Business Guide – the Czech Republic profile, duties, taxes, export, import, business entities, human resources, investment incentives etc.
Ernst & Young’s Doing business in the Czech Republic is a detailed guide to the Czech business environment. It is designed to help potential investors orientate themselves in the Czech market and seize the opportunities it offers. The guide provides a brief overview of forms of business organization, accounting principles and requirements, taxation, securities markets, foreign exchange controls and investment protection, and selected other legal and real estate matters.
Czech.cz is the official website of the Czech Republic. Besides the very general information on the Czech Republic and news concerning various kinds of topics ranging from politics to sports this website provides also practical information on the Czech economy, business and science, including investment counselling and doing business guide to the Czech Republic.
Business and Investment Development Agency – CzechInvest (Czech Investment Promotion Agency) is a governmental agency and the investment gateway to the Czech Republic. The site offers useful information for both investors and businessmen: property data about the most attractive greenfield sites, information about local suppliers and the skills situation, key data about the regional and national cost drivers, advice on the national incentives scheme, after-care and support for expanding firms, basic market information, economic indicators etc.
This ministry provides information about the whole sector of industry and trade. The web site offers also information of a marketing nature within the sections of Business, Analyses. One can find market information on glass and ceramics, building sector, energy sector and other. Although the market reports are quite detailed the list of reports still does not cover all sub-sectors.
This website brings up-to-date information about the structure and development of the Czech economy and provides a wide range of relevant information useful in the decision-making process on new investments or entering into contact with businesses in the Czech Republic.
Market Information on Selected Sectors/Products/Services
To find market information on a specific sector/product/service is a more difficult task then to get general market information on the Czech Republic. Apart from some traditional charged sources as Economist Intelligence Unit, DataStar or Profound one can also obtain useful information from the Czech state institutions and sector-specific associations. Associations have a long tradition in the Czech Republic and can be a valuable source of both marketing and company information. Last but not least, some of TPO (Trade Promotion Organizations) can also provide relevant market information on specific products.