Brittany is a dynamic region for Commerce and Industry, covering a wide range of businesses (with over 4000 jobs coming from British companies alone), which include agriculture, fishing, automotive, shipbuilding, IT and telecoms, amongst others, and of course tourism. Brittany is also one of the favourite areas for British ex-pats to live, with obviously great links from the UK ferry ports and airports.
Brittany is one of the only regions in France where industrial employment has continued to increase since 1980. The region extends from the vibrant coastal city of Brest across to the bustling student city of Rennes, with daily flights to London and 1h25mins from central Paris.
Brian Murphy and Leon Byron, the two Brittany delegates have both lived and worked in Brittany for many years and have many contacts within the region. They felt a delegation was needed and hence, the Brittany division of the Franco-British chamber was created in February 2017. This new delegation will offer functions to attend throughout the year on topics ranging from Brexit, Anglo-French business, business set-up in the UK and Brittany and SME meetings.
Brian is a professional Anglo-French business developer/advisor, negotiator and interpreter. He has over 30 years experience in cross channel commerce, having worked with UKTI (DIT) and the South East of England development agency dealing with high level negotiation for UK and French companies and individuals doing Anglo-French business.
Leon is a currency trader with banking & finance background from Jersey, who now runs the French division of International FX, and London based company specializing in international exchange and payments, working closely with Anglo-French companies trading between the two countries and further afield. He also has extensive knowledge of the property market here in Brittany.
The Franco-British delegation in Brittany is the perfect place for you to start the ball rolling for all your business affairs. Brian and Leon are perfectly placed to help and offer advice for companies and private people alike to set up here in Brittany.
On 18th & 19th April, Brian Murphy and Leon Byron, welcomed a British delegation headed by Mathew Lodge, Minister and Ambassador of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to UNESCO, Paul Taylor, Deputy Director of DIT and our President, Olivier Campenon to officially launch the Franco-British Business Club in association with the World Trade Center and signed a bilateral cooperation with CCI Ile-et-Vilaine. On 18th, the delegation was welcomed by the President of CCI Ile-et-Vilaine, Monsieur Emmanuel Thaunier, the CEO of the Chamber, Monsieur Gervais at the new Palais des Congrès “Le Couvent des Jacobins”.
The second day, we held a seminar at the Chamber of Commerce of Rennes a Franco-British Business Conference. For some of the delegates, it was the opportunity to develop trade links and a good start to work on future project between the UK and Brittany.