SWISSFIRMS promotes member companies of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce and supports them in their daily business activities. The website provides up-to-date information on the Swiss economy and its companies:
- an efficient search engine with addresses, company structures and financial information regarding 15'000 member companies of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce;
- selection and marketing of business addresses for specially targeted mailings;
- customized internet applications (visibility options, domain names, credit assessments) developed by SWISSFIRMS or its partners.
Some of our products are reserved for our members, while other services are available to all Swiss and international customers.
The website is administered by SWISSFIRMS Data SA. This independent company was founded on January 1, 2001 by the Swiss Chambers of Commerce
and VTX Telecom
(formerly known as the Smart Telecom Group), a specialized provider of telecommunications and internet services.
The Swiss Chambers of Commerce and their partners are jointly responsible for promoting and marketing the services of the website throughout the country.
The origins of SWISSFIRMS date back to 1976, with the publication of the first edition of the «Fichier industriel romand et tessinois (FIRTI)». Thanks to the publication of this directory, the Chambers of Commerce of the French and Italian-speaking areas of Switzerland gained valuable experience in the handling and presentation of company information (addresses, information on company structures, etc.).
The Swiss Chambers of Commerce were quick to recognize the potential of an electronic version, which they began to publish via Videotex and Minitel as from 1990. The internet version was launched in the autumn of 1995.
For more than twenty years, FIRTI served as a valuable tool for the promotion of industrial companies in the French and Italian speaking areas. Over this period, the database was continually extended until it contained not only the addresses of industrial companies but also information on all corporate members of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, including those in the German-speaking areas. The name FIRTI was dropped in 1997.
The new database was given the name SWISSFIRMS. Its main objective was to improve the marketing of its services throughout the country, to the benefit of corporate members of the Swiss Chambers of Commerce.