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Growth Setting Joins GIA Network as Latest GIA Member

Growth Setting, a business development consultancy based in Lisbon, Portugal, joins Global Intelligence Alliance.

Helsinki, Finland, February 25, 2012 --( Growth Setting, a business development consultancy based in Lisbon, Portugal, joins Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), as its latest GIA Member, bringing the number of GIA member companies to 11. This is in addition to the 11 local GIA offices in the US, Europe and Asia, expanding the local presence for the global strategic market intelligence and advisory group to 22 locations.

Growth Setting provides strategy development, market intelligence, business planning, search and contacts, deal making and implementation support services. It is an advisor to Portuguese companies that want to expand overseas and to international companies that wish to grow in Portuguese speaking countries such as Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and East Timor.

Antonio Vieira da Silva from Growth Setting said, "We believe that market intelligence is fundamental in any business planning activity, strategy or action. After looking at different companies and possible alliances, we chose GIA because we believe it has the best offering in terms of scope and depth, and because there is a good fit between our company cultures. Looking ahead, and beyond the obvious BRIC and Portuguese speaking countries, we see opportunities for internationalization of Portuguese companies in South America as well as in ASEAN member countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Our clients tell us that internationalization is now a must for every Portuguese company, and having access to intelligence on the target markets, is a fundamental step in the process."

"We are always on the look out for market intelligence firms around the world that have a strong research and consulting capability; Growth Setting provides this. Like GIA, Growth Setting helps companies compete and grow in overseas markets. As a GIA Member, Growth Setting’s clients will have access to the group’s global market monitoring services and Intelligence Plaza® software, to enhance their international competitive advantage. We are pleased we will be able to directly tap into Growth Settting’s insights into local Portuguese industries for our international clients," said Elisa Tiensuu, GIA’s Network Coordinator.

"We welcome interested parties to come talk to us about becoming a GIA Member. Other than the international business development opportunities that the GIA network offers, GIA Members benefit from intelligence best practices training and access to a network of over 500 industry and local market experts, particularly in emerging markets," continued Tiensuu.

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About Global Intelligence Alliance
Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA) is a strategic market intelligence and advisory group. GIA was formed in 1995 when a team of market intelligence specialists, management consultants, industry analysts and technology experts came together to build a powerful suite of customized solutions ranging from outsourced market monitoring services and software, to strategic analysis and advisory.

Today, we are the preferred partner for organizations seeking to understand, compete and grow in international markets. Our industry expertise and coverage of over 100 countries enables our customers to make better informed decisions worldwide.

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