Business Service Voucher in english

BUSINESS SERVICE VOUCHER FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Starting on June 2020, the City of Rovaniemi has started to provide Business Service Vouchers. Now we will start a new application period, applications may be submitted during 1. – 30.9.2020.

 

Applications for service providers began earlier on 1 April 2020. The application process for service providers is continuous.

The Business Service Voucher acts a business policy instrument for the city, the intention of which is to support the growth and internationalisation of SMEs, and for providing assistance with change of ownership situations. At the same time, the voucher assists in the development of the company services markets in the Rovaniemi region.

 The voucher supplements the publicly funded expert services, such as the services of the ELY Centre, and is a swift instrument for catering to the needs of Rovaniemi’s SMEs. The purpose of the Business Service Voucher is to contribute towards the continuation or activation of the development activities of enterprises and increasing the turnover and number of jobs in companies.

If you have been unable to reach our advisers, please send an email request for us to contact you to yrityspalvelut@rovaniemi.fi. We will contact you as soon as we can.

 

What is the Business Service Voucher intended for?

The Business Service Voucher is the commitment of the City of Rovaniemi for compensating on behalf of the customer some of the prices for services provided by the service provider up to a predetermined value. The customer enterprise can independently decide from which service provider approved by the City of Rovaniemi they purchase services from using the voucher.

As the organisation granting the vouchers, the City of Rovaniemi is not responsible for the selection made by the customer. The Business Service Voucher has to be granted before the service can be used. The service provider and customer enterprise granted the voucher shall mutually agree on the terms and conditions of providing the service in question. The City of Rovaniemi, as the organisation granting the voucher, is not a contractual party.

The Business Service Voucher finances the development measures of enterprises. The term development measures means activities that affect the company in the long term, are strategically significant, and renew company operations. The Business Service Voucher can be used for purchasing the following expert services related to the development of commercial activity:

  • Planning internationalisation and implementing market research
  • Participation in trade fairs related to internationalisation (in Finland and abroad); payments for participation, sales booth fees and travel expenses
  • Funding and investment plans related to company growth, including applications
  • Services for improving financial management
  • Legal and contract advice
  • Consultation and research services focused on growth intended for the boards of directors and executive committees of companies
  • Company strategy and governance
  • Product development, commercialisation and service design
  • Services for developing the digitalization of the company
  • Services related to the development of sales and marketing
  • Appraisals, legal and contract advice related to change in ownership

     

    If your company operates in Rovaniemi’s rural district, please check also the Business Service Voucher provided by Rovaniemen kylien kehittämissäätiö (Foundation for the Development of Villages in Rovaniemi; information and application only in Finnish) from here

     

     

    What is the value of the Business Service Voucher? Own funding share 20%.

    The value of the service purchased using the Business Service Vouchers granted by the City of Rovaniemi is

    2,500 euros (VAT 0%), or 5,000 euros (VAT 0%)

    of which the company shall itself fund 20% (i.e. 500 euros or 1,000 euros). The Business Service Voucher is valid for a period of six months.

     

    This year, it has been decided that a total of 150,000 euros will be distributed via Business Rovaniemi. The purpose of the Business Service Voucher is to support the growth and internationalisation of SMEs, and for providing assistance with change of ownership situations.

     

    The granting of the vouchers is deliberated by Business Rovaniemi, i.e. the organisation providing economic development and business services for the City of Rovaniemi.

     

    How can we apply to be a service provider for the Business Service Voucher?

    Service provider means a company that provides the services sought using the Business Service Voucher. Companies approved as service providers are registered in the Vaana service voucher system that is already used by the City of Rovaniemi. A company that can be approved as a Business Service Voucher service provider must satisfy the criteria stated in the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out. You can apply to become a service provider using the Business Rovaniemi link below.

     

    In practice, the service provider is required to register with the so-called Reliable Partner (Luotettava Kumppani) service (www.vastuugroup.fi) that enables the granting organisation to check the aforementioned criteria have been met. The application time for service voucher provider is continuous.

    The call for service providers commenced on 1 April 2020. Find the application form here (in Finnish):

     APPLICATION FOR SERVICE PROVIDER

     

    How do I choose my service providor?

     

    The company granted the Business Service Voucher shall independently select the service provider they require using the Vaana.fi service provider register. We will update the register continually. You will find all accepted service providors from here (in Finnish): täältä   

     

    Can my company apply for a voucher?

     

    Very possibly, yes! However, there are a few conditions and criteria that have to be met before receiving Business Service Voucher. The voucher is made available to small and medium-sized enterprises (Business ID / VAT number) based in Rovaniemi who are focusing on growth or internationalisation, require company renewal and/or strategic development.

     

    Before submitting the application, the company applicant should click on the link updated above to examine the service products of approved service providers.  

    The company granted the Business Service Voucher shall independently select the service provider they require using the Vaana.fi service provider system. The service provider and customer enterprise agree between themselves on the terms and conditions for the provision of the service.

     

    Great! How do we apply?

     

    You can apply for a Business Service Voucher by completing the application form. The application may be submitted during 1. – 30.9.2020. The decisions will be informed during October 2020.

     

    We recommend that you prepare your application thoroughly. Well-completed applications will naturally make the decision-making process smooth, however, from the applicant's point of view it is far more important to make sure that the decision makers will get a true and sufficient picture of the development project, because only a limited number of Business Service Vouchers may be granted within the current year's budget. Please read the instructions and what appended information is required, and send your application well in advance before the end of the application period. The applications will be processed already during the application period on a first come, first served basis.  

     

    Appendices required for the application

  • Financial statements for latest financial year; the entire so-called balance sheet book, pdf or jpg format, max 5 appendices
  • Latest financial reports for the current financial year; the so-called long income statement and balance sheet including a comparison with the previous year, pdf or jpg format, max 5 appendices
  • Certificate of tax debts and if the company has tax debts, verification of the tax repayment plan approved by the Tax Administration. The online tax debt register can be found from here: https://www.vero.fi/en/e-file/mytax/
  • Other possible appendices; e.g. concerning the intended use of the voucher in pdf, jpg, excel or power point form, max 5 appendices


When applying, the entrepreneur must provide assurances that the information is correct.

If you are uncertain about something, please contact our business developers Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. before submitting the application. An incomplete or deficient application will cause delays in the decision-making and may lead to the rejection of the application.

 

Fill in the application here (unfortunately for now only in Finnish):

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION FORM

 

 

How does the Business Service Voucher work?

 

More information about the Rovaniemi Business Service Voucher, including billing information:

 


Business Service Voucher for business development

The City of Rovaniemi provides the Business Service Voucher that effectively activates development support for enterprises. The second application period for the Rovaniemi Business Service Voucher is 1–30 September 2020. You can find the online application form below, but please remember to first read the terms and conditions for the voucher and applying.

The Business Service Voucher acts a business policy activating instrument for the city, the intention of which is to support the growth and internationalisation of Rovaniemi-based SMEs, and for providing assistance with change of ownership situations. At the same time, the voucher assists in the development of the company services markets in the Rovaniemi region.

The voucher supplements other publicly funded expert services, such as the services of the ELY Centre.

If your company operates in Rovaniemi’s rural district, please also check the Business Service Voucher provided by Rovaniemen kylien kehittämissäätiö (Foundation for the Development of Villages in Rovaniemi) from here

Contact us
Majanen Merja
Yrityskehittäjä
phone0401327604
Responsibilities:
Impiö Matti
Yrityskehittäjä
phone0400789551

Read more about the Business Service Voucher

The Business Service Voucher is the commitment of the City of Rovaniemi for compensating on behalf of the Recipient some of the price for services provided by the service provider up to a predetermined value.

The Business Service Voucher finances the development measures of enterprises. The term development measures means activities that affect the company in the long term, are strategically significant, and renew company operations.

 

The Business Service Voucher can be used for purchasing the following expert services related to the development of commercial activity:

 

  • Planning internationalisation and implementing market research
  • Participation in trade fairs related to internationalisation (in Finland and abroad); payments for participation, sales booth fees and travel expenses
  • Funding and investment plans related to company growth, including applications
  • Services for improving financial management
  • Legal and contract advice
  • Consultation and research services focused on growth intended for the boards of directors and executive committees of companies
  • Company strategy and governance
  • Product development, commercialisation and service design
  • Development of company digitalisation
  • Services related to the development of sales and marketing
  • Appraisals, legal and contract advice related to change in ownership

The enterprise granted the voucher can independently decide from which company they purchase services using the voucher. As the organisation granting the vouchers, the City of Rovaniemi is not responsible for the selection made by the customer. The Business Service Voucher has to be granted before the service can be used. The service provider and customer enterprise granted the voucher shall mutually agree on the terms and conditions of providing the service in question. The City of Rovaniemi, as the organisation granting the voucher, is not a contractual party.


 

The value of Business Service Vouchers granted by the City of Rovaniemi are

  • 2,500 euros (VAT 0%) OR
  •  5,000 euros (VAT 0%)

of which the company shall itself fund 20% (i.e. 500 euros or 1,000 euros). According to their requirements, the enterprise can apply for a voucher for one or the other sum. The Business Service Voucher is valid for a period of six months from the date issued.

The funds available for granting the Business Service Voucher in 2020 total 150,000 euros. The granting of the vouchers is deliberated by Business Rovaniemi, i.e. the organisation providing economic development and business services for the City of Rovaniemi.

Very possibly, yes! However, there are a few conditions and criteria that have to be met before receiving Business Service Voucher. The customer enterprise can receive a Business Service Voucher once every calendar year.

The voucher is made available to small and medium-sized enterprises (Business ID / VAT number) that have permanent premises based in Rovaniemi who are focusing on growth or internationalisation, require company renewal and/or strategic development. Vouchers are not available for housing and property companies or investment companies.

Before submitting the application, the company applicant should also examine the expert services of approved service providers using the service provider register.

The company granted the Business Service Voucher shall independently select the service provider they require using the Vaana.fi service provider system. The service provider and customer enterprise agree between themselves on the terms and conditions for the provision of the service.

You can apply for a Business Service Voucher by completing the application form intended for customer enterprises. The second application period for 2020 is 1–30 September 2020. Decisions will be made during October at as quick a pace as possible and all applicants will be informed of the decision.

Please prepare and fill in the application with care, and read the instructions for completing the form. Please deliver all the necessary appendices. If you need any other information at all, please do not hesitate to contact the business developers of Business Rovaniemi. Please try to submit the application in good time before the end of the application period, as this will speed up the decision-making process, because applications are processed for the purpose of decision making in a first-come, first-served basis and already during the application period.

Appendices required for the application:

  • the most recently approved financial statements: in pdf or scanned format, with a maximum of five (5) appendices
  • the most recent accounting report for the current financial year: so-called long-term income statement and balance sheet, including a comparison to the previous financial year, either as a pdf or scanned document, with a maximum of five (5)
  • appendicescertificate of tax debt, and if the company has tax debts, verification of the tax repayment plan approved by the Tax Administration: in pdf or scanned format, with a maximum of five (5) appendices. The online tax debt register can be found from here
  • other possible appendices; e.g. calculations concerning the project in pdf, scanned, Power Point, Excel or document formats, with a maximum of five (5) appendices.
 

A company that has been granted the Business Service Voucher can independently select the service provider they require using our service provider register.  We are constantly updating the register. You will find all accepted service providers and all their approved expert services from here.

Service provider means a company that provides the Expert Services funded using the Business Service Voucher. Companies approved as service providers and their approved expert services are registered using the service voucher system used by the City of Rovaniemi. You can apply to become a service provider using the Business Rovaniemi link below.

A company that can be approved as a Business Service Voucher service provider must satisfy the criteria stated in the Act on the Contractor’s Obligations and Liability when Work is Contracted Out and be registered with the Reliable Partner (Luotettava Kumppani) service that enables the granting organisation to check that the aforementioned criteria have been met. The application time for service voucher providers is continuous.

Find the application form here: APPLICATION FOR SERVICE PROVIDER

Find more information about the Rovaniemi Business Service Voucher, including billing information from our instructions:   Ohjekirja-yrityspalveluseteli-18.5.2020.pdf

Please contact our business developers if you have any questions. If you have been unable to reach our advisers, please send us an email request for us to contact you to yrityspalvelut@rovaniemi.fi. We will contact you as soon as we can.

Find out more about searching for service providers and implementation of the Rovaniemi Business Service Voucher from the first information briefing from 1 April 2020: from here

Watch the recording of the public presentation of the Rovaniemi Business Service Voucher from 5 June 2020 from here

The picture below briefly shows how the Business Service Voucher process goes.

 

BUSINESS ROVANIEMI – HOME OF VITALITY SERVICES

Business Rovaniemi is a business and company services unit for entrepreneurs and those considering entrepreneurship in Rovaniemi. The development and funding services provided for enterprises has been revamped, and a new electronic service and payment system has been created to make all dealings even more fluent. Business Rovaniemi has its offices in the town centre at Ainonkatu 1.

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Ainonkatu 1, 96200 ROVANIEMI

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