As it can be difficult to build good relations quickly in the Czech Republic, every opportunity to extend the scope of a new relationship should be taken.
Therefore, it is good practice to invite Czech contacts for a meal – preferably lunch or dinner rather than to a breakfast meeting (which are new phenomenon in the country.) If you do invite people for a meal, ensure that you choose a good restaurant which will show how serious you are about developing a deeper relationship. (If you are not sure where to go, ask for local advice as restaurants range in quality from excellent to really quite poor.)
Should you discuss detailed business over lunch or dinner? As with many things in the Czech Republic, it is difficult to give definitive advice. Younger Czechs would probably be perfectly happy to discuss business issues over the meal but older, more formal Czechs may feel that it would be bad manners to do so. It is probably best to let the locals decide whether or not to discuss specific business issues at the meal table.
Meals are often accompanied by alcohol and do not be surprised if your evening meal becomes quite a lengthy affair. If you invite, you will be expected to pay and it would be customary to leave a tip of around 10 – 15%.
Written and Produced by Keith Warburton
This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in the Czech Republic. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.
With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in the Czech Republic and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.
Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics: