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France: Developing business across the Channel

France Developing Business Across The Channel

Are you ready to tap into the business opportunities that exist in the UK's third largest export market?

The Kegworth Whitehouse Hotel, Derbyshire
Wed 10th Nov 2010, 17:00 to 19:30

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Strategically located in the heart of Western Europe, France has a population of 64 million people and provides a gateway to the world's largest market for international trade, the European Union.

France is ranked by the IMF as the fifth largest economy in the world and is the second largest trading nation in Western Europe after Germany, making it a very attractive destination for UK exports. In fact UK exports to the country are valued at approximately £20 billion per year.

 

Join us for an evening seminar on Wednesday 10 November to find out how to maximise the opportunities for your business and to gain the support you need to succeed in this highly competitive market.

 

Sponsored by Midlands Enterprise Europe Network, this event will provide you with:

 

·         The latest market developments and key considerations for doing business in France

 

·         An overview of the opportunities available in a wide range of sectors including biotechnology, software & ICT, environmental, creative, media & design, automotive, railways and food & drink

 

·         An introduction to Lyon and its region Rhône-Alpes, one of the most important economies in Europe ranked sixth among the Union's 204 regions in terms of GDP

 

·         An understanding of French business culture and etiquette to assist you to communicate more effectively with your counterparts

 

·         Practical experience of how Euro Towers Ltd, a Northamptonshire based company, successfully entered the French market - the challenges they faced and rewards they enjoy today

 

Prior to the event there will also be the opportunity to meet with our guest speaker from the British Consulate General in Lille, David Hinchliffe, and our sponsors Roythornes and RSM Tenon.

 

Whether you're a first time exporter or currently trading overseas and looking for new opportunities, book a place now to gain a better understanding of the potential to grow your business in France.

 

Programme:

 

17h00        Registration, light refreshments and networking

 

17h30        Welcome and introduction

                    Gerry Blacoe, Chairman, emita

 

17h40        France - The market opportunity

                    David Hinchliffe, Vice Consul, British Consulate General Lille

 

18h05        A regional perspective: Lyon

                    Pierre Mathieu, ICT Inward Investment Manager, Aderly France-Lyon

 

18h25        French culture and etiquette in business

                    Gisèle Pellegrini, Director, Positive G Ltd

 

18h50        Case study of success in the French market

                    Roger Verallo, Managing Director, Euro Towers Ltd

 

19h10        Q&A and discussion

 

19h30        Close and networking buffet

 

 

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