Since its creation, the Franco-British Chamber has, in various forms (partnership or delegations on its behalf), been represented in France and mainly in the regions where there is a significant business flow with the United Kingdom. The mission of these representations is to assist British businesses in developing activity in the Region where they have settled and to help them integrate into the local economic framework. Our network relies on its local and bi-cultural members.
The latest representation to be created in February 2017 under the impetus of Brian Murphy, who has developed a solid economic partnership with the CCI Ille-et-Vilaine (St-Malo/Rennes), the delegation officiates through the World Trade Center in Rennes. Brittany is a flourishing economic region and interdependent with certain British economic sectors such as fishing, tourism, agri-food, road and sea transport…
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The Chamber’s recent partnerships with the Lille Channel Hub, North France Invest and BBCI Lille have strengthened the Chamber’s links with the Hauts-de-France region. Led by Sylvie Herlem, the Lille Channel Hub brings together regional companies that export or wish to export to the UK, as well as British companies based in Hauts-de-France. Artus Galiay, representative of the Hauts-de-France Region to the UK and UK/Ireland Director at Nord France Invest, assists British companies with their investments and development. Nik Haidar and Elizabeth Owen are both board members of BCCI Lille, the UK business network for the Hauts-de-France.
Since 2014, the Franco-British Chamber has had a presence in Monaco through a member, Moore Stephens Services SAM, represented by Patricia Osborne. Patricia is an auditor and chartered accountant specialising in international business development.
A privileged region for the British due to its long history with the United Kingdom, the New Aquitaine Delegation has become Franco-British Network since January 2019 and is chaired by Roger Haigh. Its mission is to assist English speakers to settle, integrate and help them to establish themselves in the region. Loïc Chavaroche, a member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber, is the Chamber’s contact person in New Aquitaine.
The Occitanie region enjoys a growing attractiveness due to its highly developed aeronautical sector. This activity has enabled the city to develop a large British community that is particularly active in the economic fabric of Toulouse. Ian Jefferies assists companies wishing to set up in Occitanie to develop their business.
The Franco-British Chamber has developed very strong links with the Franco-British International Business Association. This association is essentially a business network that promotes mutual assistance between its members.
CHOOSE PARIS REGION – www.chooseparisregion.org
Choose Paris Region is the international attraction agency of the Ile-de-France region: it promotes and influences the region internationally, and ensures that it provides a high-quality welcome and services to investors, visitors and talent from all over the world, while ensuring the sustainable and balanced development of the region. We work hand-in-hand with all local stakeholders in the region to provide UK businesses with the services they need to grow and prosper.
Europe’s highest GDP, a high concentration of Fortune 500 companies, a thriving start-up ecosystem and a dynamic research community are just some of the major assets of the Paris Region.
5 of Europe’s top 15 business schools are located in the Paris Region, and 4 of the 10 top-rated masters in management are awarded by institutions in the region. British companies will be able to count on this pool of highly qualified talent to help their businesses flourish. The Paris Region’s potential for innovation knows no bounds
The Paris Region is renowned for its competitive clusters, particularly in the technology sectors. From artificial intelligence to biotechnology, nanotechnology and telecommunications, not forgetting AR/VR, 3D animation and aerospace, companies setting up in the region benefit from easy access to a fast-growing ecosystem that they can capitalise on very quickly.
As well as being a major business destination, the Paris Region offers an unrivalled quality of life at an affordable price. Culture, architecture, history, green spaces, gastronomy, education, infrastructure and an affordable cost of living… make the Paris region a destination of choice for all those who want to live and work here.
Normandy has important historical and geographical advantages in Franco-British economic relationship. The many ports and the skilled workforce in areas such as energy and transport make Normandy a particularly attractive region to develop a UK-focused business or as a gateway to the European market for UK companies. Lesley Coutts, from 2A Expert HR, is a specialist in human resources and is our contact in the region.
Invest Eastern France
Craddle of the French industry, Eastern France region (Grand Est) has potential for development and attractiveness. Its cross-border positioning with 800 km of borders with Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg in one of the most high-tech corridors in Europe opens up particularly attractive commercial prospects and partnerships for international companies.
Agriculture and bioeconomy, cleantech, digital, health & medtech, renewable energies, industry, tourism, construction, logistics are all growing sectors in Eastern France region for international companies in general and British companies in particular.
From its London office and with the support of its experts based in Eastern France region, Invest Eastern France is the partner and contact for British companies seeking to develop their activity in France and Europe. Through our extensive regional network, we give you access to talent, partners, funding and local opportunities. Funded by the regional government, our services are free and completely confidential.