What’s the problem?
You want to grow beyond European borders, but somehow you can’t find how. The usual ways of finding new business do not seem to apply outside Europe.
Is this your situation?
You own a company, you are employed as a business developer, or you represent an organization. Sooner or later you realize that the European market is too small for your ambitions. But how can you succesfully stimulate the sales of your products and projects beyond European borders? Maybe you should start looking beyond your comfort zone.
How not to achieve this:
Traditionally, you visit the Chamber of Commerce or some governmental institution. This can be a good start. Next, you decide to spend considerable time on the internet to find potential clients or you might contract a consultant that does a professional partner search for you. It can also be an option to join a trade mission to a certain country or participate in an international fair. But… it has always been this way. We have been there and done that for our clients, but it takes a lot of time and money. And still without any guarantee for success.
So, what do we suggest?
First of all: Focus on a realistic goal!
And then: convert this goal into your personal quest: a complicated, but not impossible way to reach your destiny. Each quest faces many obstacles, such as foreign languages, cultures and difficulties like selecting a trustful partner, financing of the business and bureaucracy, not to mention corruption. It would be so helpful if you could rely on someone who already went through all this. Someone with experience in exploring, developing and expanding business across borders. Someone who walked the same road many times already and who will compromise himself or herself with the result. This is not just consulting! This is so much more. We will do the export or project management for you as if it were our own.
Southquest focuses on cooperation with individual companies that want to achieve more export or projects in Latin America and Africa. We participate as project managers or export managers.
Inform yourself about our conceptual method that will help you expand your business. No fixed high consultancy fees, but a mutual commitment that is based on results. Payment will be done on the base of mutual agreement.
Who are we?
Southquest is a company that specializes in export management and project management. We focus on Latin America and Africa, operating from European countries and vice versa. ‘We’ are Laurens Trebes and Brigitte Duffhues and we have a a broad network of partners in Europe, Latin America and some African countries. We have over 20 years of experience in export management and project management. We have worked in many different European, Latin American and African countries.
How can you find us?
You can follow us on LinkedIn.
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Southquest focuses on individual trajects with companies that want to achieve more business in Europe, Latin America and sometimes in Africa. We participate as project managers or export managers.
Our experience lies mostly in the fields of water, renewable energy, medical equipment and agriculture.
In the water sector we focus mainly on project management. We have a lot of experience in managing and executing water projects, mainly in Latin America but also in Africa. Some examples are:
Generating energy in rivers with slow currents by using jacks in Rwanda, Africa
Cleaning lakes by using biological treatment in Paraguay and Central America
Cleaning bays from oil contamination in Colombia
Cleaning and reusing water from industrial units
Renewable energy is important for us because the world needs to change its energy footprint. We focus mainly on project management in this field. We have our own biodiesel project where we convert plastics into biodiesel. Another example is the energy that we generate using jacks in slow current rivers. We also participate in a project that will make energy out of biowaste and plastic waste.
In the medical sector we participate mainly as export managers for innovative products in the rehabilitation sector and sports medicine sector. This is mainly export to Latin American countries with a considerable private health care sector. We recently started as project managers for establishing a plant for a rehabilitation project. In a later stage we will participate in exporting this innovative concept to the whole of Latin America.
The agricultural sector has our attention because of the importance of good and healthy food. We have our own project Urban Ponics where we produce really tasteful and healthy food using very little water. We help companies in exporting innovative products for the agricultural sector to Latin America.
If you feel inspired and you need a hand in your export or project management, we are more than willing to look together at the possibilities we can offer you.
Innovation in Sports, offer your products in Chile
We planned a new project in the week from the 24th till the 28th of march 2019. We organise a small directed mission to Chile. The subject is the sports market. The sportsmarket in Chile is well developed and needs innovative products. More and more people are participating in sports. As in every country sportschools are common to see and sports injuries are becoming more common because of intensive practicising in sports. In Chile all basic requierements are available in the country, but if you have an innovative product for this sector it makes sense to go and have a look in Chile. Alongside Chile is a good hub to serve for example Argentina, Peru and Bolivia with products.
Chile is the most accesible market in South America and has a relatively high percentage of middle class, capable of spending in quality and innovative products. Because awareness of importance of health the population is participating in all kind of sports. Basic products and reknown brands are available in Chile but innovative products or products for recuperation of sportlesions can always be introduced.
The mission will be made on a individual bases serving the needs of each client. The time schedule is as follows:
24th march flight to Santiago
25t of March Visit to Embassy do’s and don’ts in Chile, afternoon matchmaking visits
26th of March Matchmaking visits, eventually sport associations or clubs
27th of March Matchmaking visits, at night flight back to the Netherlands
28th of March Back in the Netherlands
Laurens Trebes was one of the main players in the skimmer project of Cartagena. Sophisticated equipment is used to improve the ecosystem in the bay of Cartagena. The port autorities sponsor this trial. Skimmer FORU (Floating Oil Recovery Unit) separates water from oil. This equipment (with Dutch technologies) will be installed by a consortium of Colombian companies.
In our actual project of Urban Ponics (more information to be found on the website Urban Ponics ) Laurens Trebes developed a technique for urban farming.
This vertical farming is based on the use of mist. In first instance lettuce will be produced by means of mist that is mixed with nutritives. The lettuce is growing prosperously. We will keep you posted on this project
Health care in Mexico
In the health care sector we work with rehabilitation clinics, specialised and general hospitals, private clinics, importers and distributors. Online and offline sales offer opportunities.
Hydraulic Energy in Rwanda
We executed a study for the feasibility of hydraulic energy in Rwanda together with Landustrie. We are very happy to announce that the technique is feasible and that Landustrie will start with the commercialisation phase.
Water project cleaning Lake Xocatlan in Central America
We just started a pilot project where in cooperation with Wise Use and Landustrie we will establish if combined techniques of biological treatment offer possibilities to clean the lake.
Contact us at:
KVK nr: 65184394