How decision support services started

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Information Service established in France

The French national postal service "la poste" introduces the SVP-Service, SVP - S'il vous plaît, one of the first information hotlines worldwide to provide all kind of information to the citizens of Paris:  www.svp.com





Support for decision makers

The entrepreneur Maurice de Turckheim takes over the SVP management and establishes the business support service for decision makers, providing information on markets, companies and products. Over time, the company grew and now it operates in nearly forty countries across the world and has a client base that includes global companies, small businesses and national governments.


CNi established in Canada as Competitive Intelligence Firm

After success in financial services, manufacturing, biotechnology and turnaround management, Entrepreneur Tony Johnston founds the management and advisory services firm Compass North Inc to help companies make better, more informed decisions: www.CompassNorthInc.com


CNi adds Legal Support Services

CNi expands, adding staff including Eric Trimble LLB, MBA, now Managing Director, Legal Support Services, who brings to the firm his Canadian, US and international experience as a practicing lawyer, corporate counsel, and senior executive having transacted business over the course of his career in some 44 countries.


CNi joins International Network

With international trade requiring ever more reliable sources of competitive intelligence all over the world, the international SVP-network was established early on and has steadily grown. In 2005, CNi was invited by SVP International to become their Canadian correspondent providing competitive intelligence and legal support-services for international decision makers with information on markets, companies and products.



CNi increases focus on Global Research

Responding to growing demand and Canadian market opportunities, CNi establishes its decision support services division CNi Global Research to provide companies with information on local and international markets, competitors, suppliers, partners and products.

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