In an effort to participate in our community, the Franco-British Chamber has chosen this year to support the charity Depaul France. Whilst Calais and the wider European refugee crisis is in the news every day, on our doorstep in Paris are substantial numbers of homeless people who are helped by Depaul to regain some of their dignity and guided to begin the process of integration back into society.
Created in June 2013, Depaul relies on an international network of charities involving 500 employees and over 1100 volunteers (2014), to provide support to over 13,500 people in countries such as Britain, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United States.
Having numerous innovative ways to respond to their situation, Depaul France’s mission is to give the homeless and disadvantaged people the opportunity to become accomplished, and to progress towards a positive and independent future. Although Paris has many initiatives for those who are deprived, it still remains limited and often difficult. One of their beliefs is that access to hygiene is a necessary step to regaining confidence, which is why their projects have the aim of enabling people to meet their basic needs.
One of Depaul France’s main projects is the Accueil Périchaux, a day care centre offering access to daily hygiene and health support (including showers, laundry room, hairdresser etc). Opened in September 2015, it is set in the 15th district, and it offers services 5 days a week. Alongside with the Accueil Périchaux, the Depaul Mobile Shower is one of the highlights of the organisation’s activities in Paris. It consists of a mobile health service in a camping car, which provides once a week, a warm shower, toiletries and a coffee over a welcoming reception and an information session on the support network in Paris.
Depaul France is looking for volunteers, and the Board is open to new members. We would be grateful if you personally, your colleagues or your company could look at helping the charity in some way. There will also be opportunities to do so at various FBCCI events throughout the year.
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British Embassy, France
The UK’s network in France supports the government’s main aims overseas: keeping Britain safe, making Britain prosperous and helping British nationals.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)
UK Trade & Investment is the Government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in an increasingly global economy. Our expert services are tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximise their international success. We provide companies with knowledge, advice and practical support. UK Trade & Investment also helps overseas companies bring high quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy. We provide support and advice to investors at all stages of their business decision-making.
Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe (COBCOE)
COBCOE is an independent, not for profit organisation working with its 40 member chambers across Europe to advance international trade and business with the United Kingdom and represents the views and interests of its over 10,000 collective business members. COBCOE helps member chambers reach their full potential to support their members to do business successfully. With their full use of multiplier capability and marketing platforms, chambers can provide significant benefits to companies at relative cost. Considered to be dynamic and effective organisations, bilateral chambers have extensive contacts in both the UK and country of origin and are well-placed to provide valuable services for their members. A founder member of the British Business Worldwide alliance and its growing base of UK Affiliate chambers places COBCOE in a unique position to offer companies direct access and introductions to sister chambers and their business members across the world.
Franco-British International Business Association (FIBA)
FIBA, the Franco-British and International Business Association, is a very active business network based in Lyon which links professionals with international business experience and has a particular emphasis on Franco-British relations. We provide an opportunity for our members to share business experience and ideas in an informal environment, in order to promote development and to forge closer business links. If you live in the Rhône Alpes region and work in an international – particularly Franco-British – business context, we would be delighted to welcome you to our network. Whether you are looking for contacts or you have a business project in this area, please feel free to contact us.
- essential information for UK companies.
- expert advice
- a business directory
- related news
- case studies
- an online forum to network with your peers
The French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain
Founded in 1883, the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain, member of UCCIFE, is the largest foreign Chamber in the UK and one of the top French Chambers worldwide. It provides a platform of exchange and networking to its 600 member companies through more than 50 events per year and promotes their interests to key decision makers. It also helps its members to develop their activities in the UK. The Business Consultancy, Implantation and Recruitment departments provide both British and French companies with a large range of bespoke professional services.
Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network
The MAABN (Mediterranean Anglo-American Business Network) is a non-profit organisation that promotes and supports Franco-American and Franco-British business and cultural relations. The MAABN was founded in 2004 by company directors, consultants and economic development agencies. It has developed into an international platform for corporate and cultural exchanges and business networking in the Marseille-Provence region. The MAABN organises a monthly English-speaking business networking evening as well as various themed conferences. It also supports and promotes corporate and cultural events organised by its sponsors and partners across the region. The MAABN offers its members and sponsors visibility via its website, webspace and newsletters and through the participation in or hosting of events. During the course of 2012, we held a number of highly-successful conferences and events.
UK’s international organisation for educational and cultural relations. Their purpose is to create international opportunities for people in the UK and other countries. Their work in France covers the Arts, Education & Society and English, including: English classes and English language exams. They also provide information about study opportunities in the UK through their web portal.
French Radio London
FRL is the only broadcast media for French expats and francophiles worldwide providing a mix of music, news and culture, in French. Since 2010, London-based FRL serves its audience via its radio station, podcasts, website, newsletter and social media platforms. You can listen to FRL anywhere through the App for iPhone and Android or via the website www.frenchradiolondon.com
Institute Of Directors IOD
At the Institute of Directors, we have been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903. As the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, we are dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.
English Language Media
English Language Media publishes The Connexion, France’s English-language newspaper. Founded in 2002, The Connexion is sold at newsagents throughout France and by subscription directly to readers’ homes in France and the UK. The paper features news and practical information relevant to expats living in France. English Language Media also publishes a series of separate help guides on a range of practical topics such as how to complete French tax forms, healthcare, inheritance law, wealth tax and pensions. The website, connexionfrance.com, is updated daily and a newsletter is emailed to 17,000 subscribers every Friday. Around 96% of subscribers to The Connexion own a home in France and read the paper to assist with integration into their life here; companies and small businesses advertise with The Connexion to reach this audience. www.connexionfrance.com