Many companies open a branch office to improve distribution in countries where a good market exists. The first step, of course, is to find suitable premises in a good location, where the rent is reasonable and transport to retailers and distributors is fast and easy to arrange. Local conditions including fire precautions and safety regulations must be met; a manager must be appointed and staff must be found.
A decision must be made about whether the branch office is to hold stock or not. The success or failure of this enterprise will depend on the relationship of the branch office to the Head Office, and that must be established before any of the details are considered.
Companies donít need branch offices
It is important to find a suitable place
The presence of a good market is binding
The branch office must work independently from the Head Office
Ex.8. Think of the advantages and disadvantages of the jobs you can do in a company, for example:
- Chief Accountant,
- Personnel Manager,
- Training officer,
- Sales Manager.
Give each of these jobs a score from 0 to 5 on the chart below.
flexibility of working hours
salary or wages
level of stress
level of job satisfaction
level of control over the work organization
Ex.9. List the verbs in the box in groups of similar meaning to complete the word network. Use the dictionary entries below if necessary.
Speaking 2: Responsibilities
Ex.10. Imagine that you are the MD of a company. Ask your employees to tell a foreign partner about their responsibilities.
Ex.11. Fill in the blanks with the appropriate words.