Free Trade Agreement FAQ

Negotiations are underway in regard to the UK-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and are expected to reach their conclusion by the end of this year. A potential deadline for the FTA discussions to come is Diwali, which takes place on 24th October 2022. In 2021, the UK and India entered …

FCRA Rules For Non Profit – The Latest Updates

The FCRA, also known as the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules of 2011 has been amended. This amendment, also known as the ‘New Rules’,  came into effect starting the 1st of July 2022. The government has made use of the powers that have been conferred to it under Section 48 of …

New Places, New Faces, and A Lot Learned!

By Susmita Sen When borders were closed and restrictions were well in place to stop a rampant virus in its tracks, the world was forced to sit still and take time to think. With clear minds and an outlook that changed for many of us, we embark on new journeys …

What is a market entry strategy?

Expanding into new markets can be difficult to navigate without appropriate research and planning. This is especially true when entering international markets, which can have different laws, procedures and cultural expectations. However, if you want to grow your business and boost your revenue, it is something you will have to …

Localisation and NGOs: Different interpretations, different outcomes

NGOs perform important work wherever their mission takes them. International NGOs, in particular, have the resources and reach to influence and improve lives across the globe. However, acceptance of such help and cooperation in all improvement efforts depends on the reception at specific sites. This article aims at understanding localisation …

Top Tips for Your International Expansion Strategy

Going global is an enormous opportunity for any organisation and is a well-travelled road for many companies who have navigated it successfully. For plenty of others though, the journey has been filled with pitfalls, potholes, stalled endeavours and plenty of high-profile crashes. International expansion requires a solid strategy for structured …

5 Reasons to Grow in Indonesia

Indonesia is already known around the world as the largest archipelago. There are more than 300 ethnic groups, breathtaking scenery and an abundance of natural resources. However, there is much more to Indonesia than just being a popular tourist destination. Situated close to large economies, like China, India, Singapore and …

News Alert – Apex Court confirms the FCRA Amendment of 2020

On Friday 8th April 2022 the Supreme Court declared the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act, 2020, legal. The Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Amendment Act imposes new regulations for non-profit organisations acting independently of any government (INGOs). It is now mandatory for INGOs to receive all foreign funds into SBI accounts. Challenges …

The Benefits Of Using The Aadhar Scheme

Your Aadhar is your 12-digit unique identification number, issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India. This number is provided to Indian residents provided they meet certain conditions for identification, as has been laid out by the authority. Individuals, provided they are residents of the country, regardless of their age …

How to benefit from nonprofit aid localisation as an INGO

International aid supports emergency relief, public health, climate change and other outcomes in order to bring a level of parity across international borders. Localising aid is the next step in the process, ensuring that local communities have more agency and make the most of funding from international sources. For a …

Seamless Is Now a Proud Member of British Expertise International

Seamless’ announces membership with British Expertise International. Seamless, part of Sannam S4 Group, is a strategic partner for businesses ready to explore, enter, and expand globally. Their team of experts helps clients from start to end. Be it from localisation to globalisation, Seamless helps corporate and nonprofit organisations build growth …

The top seven challenges of doing business in Malaysia… and how to overcome them.

South East Asian gem, Malaysia, is fast becoming one of the standout business capitals of the world. With typical growth rates of over 4%, Malaysia outperforms many high-income countries with only 1-2% economic growth rates. Malaysia is a financially competitive industrialising location, offering fantastic economic growth, modern infrastructure, technological innovativeness …

Nuances of Market Entry for Global Nonprofits

Catering to overseas markets can take place in a wide range of ways as every market has its own compliances and regulations that need to be explored before making any final decisions. Regardless of jurisdiction, there are usually 5 options that an organisation can choose from when expanding into a …

Raising Australia’s economic growth forecast for 2022

Good news for the Australian economy After the Australian economy shrunk by 1.9% in the third quarter last year, due to widespread lockdowns and the Delta variant, it looks like things are set to change with a swift recovery forecast by economists. The Australian treasurer Josh Frydenberg said, “The market …

Employees Deposit Linked Insurance Scheme (EDLI) Amendment (India)

As per the latest notification from The Indian Ministry of Labour and Employment, in concern with the powers conferred by Section 7 of the Indian Employees’ Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952,  vide notification no. G.S.R 299E, dated 28th April 2021, has amended few benefits which can be availed …

Barriers and perceptions that can limit locally-led humanitarian action

The advantages of local engagement in creating viable – and measurably effective – humanitarian projects are unquestionable. However, when International Non-Government Organisations need to make substantial inroads, it has become apparent that real change comes from the tangible involvement of local agencies and relevant individuals. Roles and Responsibilities The main …

Salaries 2022: The India Story

The past year has been another tough one for most businesses in India, with the pandemic hitting the country hard. The second and third waves of Covid-19 continued to disrupt businesses, economies, and livelihoods, and most of us have had to juggle work, family, and personal time every day throughout …

The Spring Statement at a glance: changes you should know

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak unveiled a mini-budget during his Spring Statement delivery. The changes to the budget come at a time of multiple crises – rising fuel costs and the ramifications of Brexit and Covid as well as the Ukraine situation – with many calling on the government …

Tips for international small business export

Expanding your small business overseas is a rewarding venture, but you need to get it done right the first time to succeed. Luckily for you, here at the Seamless brand, we know everything about small business export and expanding into international markets, guaranteeing you get the help you need. To …

Overcoming the top 5 accounting challenges of international expansion

Building a global presence is a great goal – but it doesn’t happen overnight. Your business might be a real force in your original market, but that success won’t automatically be transferred into foreign markets. When companies expand internationally, they typically face significant challenges. Here are some of them, and …

How Australian business is bouncing back after the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic may not be over, but we’re already starting to see signs that businesses across Australia are recovering from the effects of the pandemic so far. While some smaller businesses have, unfortunately, suffered a great deal under the restrictions that have been introduced around the world, on the …

Hiring overseas? Boost your success rates with these tips

When you’re tasked with hiring the best talent in a highly competitive marketplace, the pressure is on. Throw in overseas recruitment to the mix and the challenge intensifies! However, there are strategies you can take to greatly improve your results – in terms of time to hire, cost to hire …

India’s Budget 2021 Key Highlights

In the Union Budget presented by India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 1st February 2021, few key proposals have been given to support the Corporates and the compliance regime which as follows: New version of MCA21 3.0 will be launched during the year 2021-22 which will include data analytics, artificial …

A guide to going global as a nonprofit

Expanding and managing your operations overseas as a nonprofit organisation isn’t an easy fit There’s a lot of thorough planning and research involved, and costs can quickly add up, making it harder to tackle global expansion as a charitable company. Luckily for you, here at Seamless, we’ve been helping nonprofit …

Australian borders reopen as they form air bubble with India

On the 15th December 2021, the Australian borders reopened for the first time since March 2020, meaning inbound and outbound travel is once again possible for those who meet the necessary requirements. Despite the easing of restrictions being delayed by a fortnight due to concerns over the Omicron variant, the …

When India’s FCRA ‘golden ticket’ becomes harder to clinch

While recent developments regarding Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration in India further complicate processes and prospects for nonprofits in India, they should come as no surprise. For years, the regulatory environment has been less accommodating towards even the world’s most prominent charities and environmental groups. Efforts by Oxfam India, …

A guide to starting an international nonprofit organisation

Starting a nonprofit is an inspiring way to give back to the community and help those in need. However, it isn’t an easy ordeal and requires commitment, critical thinking, patience and a lot of hard work The Seamless brand is aware of how intimidating, tedious and complex it is to …

Creating a boom for Australian agriculture

The Australian agriculture industry is certainly ambitious. The National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Federal Government want the sector to grow by 66% by 2030 But how? Big changes are needed and one innovative new area that could boost the industry is agricultural technology. New technologies can help farmers and …

Challenges and options of expanding into South East Asia

Is your tech company, business or organisation looking to expand into South East Asia? If so, you probably have questions about the viability of the market Keep reading to learn how you can succeed in South East Asia and why your tech company should prioritise the South East Asian market. …

Managing a smooth HR transition in international mergers and acquisitions

International mergers and acquisitions (M&A) blend company resources, personnel and assets to help a business stimulate growth, gain competitive advantage and strengthen chain supply Unfortunately, M&As are complex, especially when the company you want to buy is in a foreign market. Similarly, there’s a lot to consider, such as accounting …

How to create a company your employees want to work for

The pandemic put things into perspective for many of us. Workers started resigning from their jobs to find greener pastures. There was a lot of emphasis on flexible working arrangements and a better work-life balance. Businesses that remain rigid about the old work structures will find themselves understaffed, so in …

3 key factors that will define business in 2022

The world’s in an interesting spot. After the shock of Covid in 2020 and the cautious recovery from it through 2021, we’re now looking towards a brand new year that’s brimming with opportunity. This opportunity will take many different forms and has the potential to appear from many different sources. …

3 trends shaping corporate renewable energy buying

Driven by both societal and customer demands, companies around the world are increasingly acting on sustainability issues. Buying renewable energy is perhaps the most important method for corporate leaders to reduce emissions impacting climate. Read on as we explore three ways renewable energy can be purchased and outline the key …

All you need to know about Vietnam’s Decree 80 for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) comprise a huge part of Vietnam’s economy – accounting for 50% of all employment and 98% of all enterprises. The 2018 Law on Support for Small and Medium Enterprises No 04/2017/QH14 did well to increase support for SMEs through government, organisation, and private-funded programs. However, …

A guide to the economy of Malaysia

Malaysia has evolved from an economy that focused on natural resources into one of Southeast Asia’s biggest economic powerhouses over the course of a few decades. Originally known for its rich natural commodities such as petroleum and palm oil, Malaysia has moved beyond these industries and branched into the world …

What can businesses do to create a successful CSR strategy?

CSR, or corporate social responsibility, is a business model or strategy that helps a company to become socially responsible and accountable. According to one study, nearly half of consumers are looking for brands that are leading the way to make the world a better place. However, while many companies talk …

What is greenwashing? And how to avoid it.

Greenwashing is a marketing strategy that allows companies to cash in on the popularity of sustainability by making themselves appear more eco-friendly than they really are. Greenwashing is a common tactic employed in many sectors, which results in customers and consumers mistakenly believing that they are investing in a company, …

India pledges net zero emissions by 2070

At the recent global climate talks at COP26 in Glasgow, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, announced the country’s target for net-zero carbon emissions He stated that India would cut emissions to net-zero by the year 2070, overstepping the goal set by 20 years. Important points on India’s stance: After the …

Relationship revealed between capital and a sustainable future

A recent report issued by the World Bank states that economic growth is unsustainable unless natural and human capital are considered alongside traditional measures, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Report highlights Natural and human capital must be evaluated, not just GDP. The report aims to inform policymakers. Human capital …

Understanding HR policies in India

Having good HR practices and policies is essential to any successful business. However, when opening a business in a new country, it is even more critical to ensure that your company operates within the political and cultural HR norms. Not doing so risks alienating potential talent in the labour market …

Five ways the UK plans to meet its net-zero goals by 2050

The UK government has revealed an economy-wide strategy to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal. This comes after the Climate Change Committee alerted the government earlier this year that the country was behind on its target to meet its net-zero goals. The new strategy focuses more heavily on green public …

New amendments: UAE Commercial Companies Law of 2015

The landscape of how business is founded looks to be changing across the UAE following some major amendments to the Commercial Companies Law of 2015. Companies in the UAE can now be 100 per cent owned by a foreign national. Following a slew of amendments to the policy, foreign ownership …

Labour Codes in India – An Overview Code on Social Security

The year 2019 and 2020 saw the unification of the Indian labour laws into 4 labour codes segregating 29 central laws into 4 segments This consolidation of laws as we know aims at bringing in ease of doing business. As India nears the implementation of the codes in the coming …

Labour Codes in India – An overview Code on Wages

The year 2019 and 2020 saw the unification of the Indian labour laws into 4 labour codes segregating 29 central laws into 4 segments This consolidation of laws as we know aims at bringing in ease of doing business. As India nears the implementation of the codes in the coming …

Union Budget 2021

On 30th January, Economic Survey 2020-21 was tabled by India’s Hon’ble Finance Minister (FM), Nirmala Sitharaman. PREFACE On 30th January, Economic Survey 2020-21 was tabled by India’s Hon’ble Finance Minister (FM), Nirmala Sitharaman. Dedicated to the immortal human spirit of grit and compassion of India’s frontline COVID-19 warriors, the Survey …

Labour Code Reforms – A Synopsis

The Indian government had decided to condense 44 existing labour laws into four codes, in June last year The codes involved social security, occupational safety, health and working conditions and industrial relation, of which, the Code on Wages Bill, 2019, has already been passed in the past year. The Rajya …

A Market Overview of Vietnam

Country Indexing and Entity Structure Economic Overview Vietnam has been ranked 8th amongst the 29 best economies to invest in, as per World Bank Strong economic growth is being led by the services sector and industrial activities contributing 75% to the GDP The percentage of trained workers was 77.5% in …

Economic Overview of Indonesia Market

Indonesia’s economic freedom rank is 11 out of 43 countries in the APAC region. Its overall score is above regional and global averages Indonesia is the 2nd largest tin exporter and one of the world’s leading thermal coal exporters Around 50% of the Indonesian population is below the age of …

Can CSR Help India Achieve its Development Goals?

Washington, D.C. India’s philanthropic landscape has seen remarkable change and growth in the last 6 years, due to the amendment to the Companies Act which made India the first country in the world to mandate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The amendment, passed in 2014, mandates companies with either a net …

Sannam S4 expands to Gurugram

We are proud to announce that our fifth Business Centre was launched this morning in Gurugram, India. The Centre was inaugurated by Stephen Harvey, Non-Executive Director at Sannam S4. On the occasion, Steve said “I’m proud, delighted and excited to be here today, with my colleagues, to declare our fifth …

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce joins forces with Sannam S4

Award winning India market specialist Sannam S4 has finalised a partnership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce As part of this partnership, Sannam S4 will be supporting members of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce as they look to work with India, thereby supporting the Chamber’s efforts to support members as …

Sannam S4 Supports U.S.-India Small Business Forum

Sannam S4 supports U.S. Department of Commerce, Government of India and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to boost U.S.-India trade and investment between small and medium-sized businesses With a long standing commitment to supporting the target of achieving $500bn of two-way trade and investment between India and the United …