Electronics and IT
SAN Sentinel is a specialist in SRM software, which uses the Cloud and relies on the SaaS model: the company, which is independent from storage arrays manufacturers, will showcase its Sentinel Navigator software suite at the Cloud World Forum 2013. The company is seeking UK-based business partners; the Forum takes place from 26 to 27 June, in London (UK).
Independent from storage arrays manufacturers, SAN Sentinel publishes Storage Resource Management (SRM) software that can be used in the Cloud, while relying on the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. The specialist company will display its main product — Sentinel Navigator — at the fifth Cloud World Forum (Stand 950), to be held at the Olympia exhibition hall, in central London, from 26 to 27 June of this year.
Mike Uzan, CTO at SAN Sentinel, explains, "By creating a technological break in traditional SRM tools, SAN Sentinel offers a solution that complies with the economic constraints of the storage market. Sentinel Navigator has been designed to meet the needs of companies that wish to have control of storage costs in order to maintain the competitiveness of their organisations."
SAN Sentinel, with the support of COFACE, a trade-risk expert and a leader in credit insurance, is looking for partners in the UK; the trade show for the cloud-computing sector represents an ideal opportunity in this respect.
On Stand 950, SAN Sentinel will also give visitors a complete audit of their businesses’ storage infrastructures in a few minutes. In order to benefit from this opportunity, visitors should download the collection script from SAN Sentinel’s website (http://www.sansentinel.com/?page_id=817) and generate the file, which will then be integrated into the dedicated Cloud SRM platform.
Companies wishing to benefit from this audit should bring a USB stick containing the generated files to SAN Sentinel’s stand. In real time, SAN Sentinel’s dashboard will provide information enabling the companies to assess the cost-effectiveness afforded by the combination of their storage equipment with their operational processes.
SAN Sentinel will also exhibit Sentinel Navigator, an innovative solution that offers SRM thanks to Cloud technology. This product provides IT agility by offering services based on a pay-as-you-use model.
Sentinel Navigator analyses systems’ infrastructure, topology and cartography, while providing an audit of the complete set of Storage Area Network (SAN) components. This data is accessible thanks to a user-friendly interface, which is based on innovative internet technologies and is included in the basic parameters of the infrastructure-management software.
This software provides its user with a full status breakdown of switches, but also of the servers which are connected to the storage. The key functionalities include an analysis of the existing stock, provisional or capacity planning, chargeback per application or business, as well as reporting and access to the development history on a regular basis. The SRM tool integrates all storage architectures, such as SAN, NAS, CAS for ISCSI, IP, and FC protocols.
Sentinel Navigator is available for EMC, Symmetrix, VNX, Celera, Clariion and Centera storage bays; for IBM Storwize SVC/V7000; for HP 3PAR; and, finally, with Brocade, Cisco and VMWare vCenter switches.
About SAN Sentinel
Founded in 2010, SAN Sentinel is a French-based company that is independent from storage arrays manufacturers. SAN Sentinel is headquartered in Paris.
The company’s innovations include launching and making availableSRM tools in the Cloud or as a SaaS solution, therefore matching the economic constraints of the storage industry. SAN Sentinel allows businesses to control the entirety of their storage infrastructure rapidly, simply and at the lowest effective cost. The SaaS model is relied upon, and users pay per usage.
Since 2012, numerous large businesses have chosen to use SAN Sentinel’s Sentinel Navigator software in order to administer hundreds of storage arrays across Asia, Europe and the USA on a daily basis.
For further information about the Cloud World Forum, please go to: http://www.cloudwf.com/
For further information about SAN Sentinel, please go to: http://www.sansentinel.com/
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The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will present eight innovative companies on the French Pavilion at the Cloud World Forum, which will take place at the Olympia exhibition centre in London (UK) on 26 and 27 June 2013. These companies will showcase their proven expertise in cloud solutions, covering both products and services, at the trade show for the cloud-computing sector.
The French participants at Cloud World Forum are looking to develop partnerships in the UK and will be available for one-to-one business meetings on the French Pavilion, Stand 950, from 26 to 27 June.
On 28 June, six of the companies will also take part in a seminar and B2B meetings organised by UBIFRANCE with potential partners and clients at the Camden Court hotel in Dublin, Ireland.
Companies on the French Pavilion are listed below; further information is available on request.
Bittle has developed, in house, a 100% web-based software as a service (SaaS) multi-cloud solution which is accessible 24 hours a day. This solution allows the simple building and sharing of dashboards and reporting tools in order to assist an increase in activity. Bittle develops its products through affiliations with various local business partners, such as consulting firms and independent software vendors (ISVs).
NEOTYS helps its clients identify the challenges of load-testing cloud-based applications and how these problems can be addressed, as well as how the cloud can be leveraged in order to scale tests and enhance data distribution. The company publishes NeoLoad, a solution for load- and performance-testing internet and mobile applications. The solution’s advanced features and cloud-enabled scalability help testers design and run realistic and complex test scenarios and campaigns.
OnyxWall provides hosting and outsourcing solutions to fulfil the needs of the company’s clients, allowing these clients to reduce hosting costs. OnyxWall defines tailor-made solutions, while implementing the cloud model, including platform as a service (PaaS), SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or a hybrid solutions.
Expanding in the UK, Oodrive is a pioneering software publisher for SaaS that develops secure online file-management solutions for businesses. The company has created a full range of secure file-sharing and online collaborative solutions for both SMEs and multinational companies in order to meet varying requirements. Oodrive has over 14,500 customers and 1,000,000 users in more than 90 countries.
Outscale is one of the most successful providers of cloud IaaS in France, delivering flexible, automated and on-demand virtual machines. The company has developed a cloud platform that provides application programming interfaces (APIs) which are compatible with the cloud market leaders, while offering its clients support to deploy their projects in the cloud. Outscale is located in Paris (France) and has cloud infrastructures in France and the USA.
Founded in 2012, SanSentinel is a software publisher that works independently of storage manufacturers. The company offers a cloud SaaS solution that meets the economic constraints of the storage resource management (SRM) market. SanSentinel enables companies to control better as a service their entire storage infrastructure, quickly, simply and cost-effectively. Large companies use SanSentinel’s Sentinel Navigator software to manage storage in Europe, Asia and the US.
The Solocal Group is the French leader in local communication. The Group offers three complementary activities: content editing, media services, and advertising consultation and management. The Group also provides a range of services for its clients, including those that allow end-users to locate and contact a business colleague, obtain an itinerary or visit a boutique. Solocal will exhibit along with two of the Group’s subsidiaries, Leadperformance and Timendo, which are listed below.
Leadperformance provides BRIDGE, an SaaS solution that is built on the latest technology and designed to build stronger relationships between consumers, brands’ websites and the reseller network. With its Store Locator, Product Locator, Click & Collect, Local Desktop and Coupon features, BRIDGE helps dealers and resellers to increase revenue by bringing web visitors into store. BRIDGE also improves the client experience by creating a fluid connection between the online and offline worlds.
Founded in 2006, Timendo is a leader in online appointment-booking software. The company provides a tailor-made, fast and easy-to-use solution that meets the specific needs of all businesses, including large companies, SMEs, self-employed professionals and public bodies. In 2013, Timendo will bring to the UK market a full-service solution that allows businesses to convert effectively an online audience into offline customers.
Systancia, a software publisher, is gradually emerging as a European leader for application centralisation and desktop virtualisation. This success is thanks to the company’s high-quality products and customer service, as well as the company’s capacity for innovation. With support from, Caisse des Dépôts, France’s public-sector financial institution, Systancia has begun international development.
About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK.
UBIFRANCE in the UK is organising the French Pavilion, which will be on Stand 950 at Cloud World Forum. The trade show will take place from 26 to 27 June 2013 at the National Hall in the Olympia exhibition centre, in central London (UK).
On 28 June, six of the companies will attend a seminar on Cloud computing and B2B meetings organised by UBIFRANCE at the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. Bittle, NEOTYS, OnyxWall, Outscale, Solocal Group (including both Leadperformance and Timendo) and Systancia will attend the event in Dublin. For further information, please contact Katherine Woods, Press Officer at the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London.
For further information about Cloud World Forum, please go to: http://www.cloudwf.com/
For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/
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Ms Katherine WOODS - Press Officer
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
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We have a partly new team in place, here at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London, with our new Editorial Assistant, Amal Froidevaux, who comes from Aix-en-Provence (in south-eastern France) and started with us in September, and our new Project Manager, Joanna Routaboul, who joined the department at the start of December.
Joanna, who was previously based near Agen (in south-western France), replaces Pierre Mancini, who decided to leave London and return to Paris when he was offered a job in the cultural-services sector. Joanna has a strong background in sales and marketing, and will be an invaluable addition to the team so as to develop our activity into 2013 — something which is more important than ever in these challenging times.
The September-to-December period is always a busy one at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission, here in London, if only because there are so many trade shows in September and October that are attended by French companies over the period.
(from left to right: Amal Froidevaux, Joanna Routaboul, Philip Jolly and Katherine Woods)
From 20 to 23 September, in London, 100% Design focused on French expertise and creativity in interior design. On 21 November, we had another event relating to design but, this time, it was the world of fashion, with the French Fashion Showroom, organised by our colleagues in the Consumer Goods Department at the French Trade Commission.
On 20 September, for my part, I travelled down to Southampton to meet one of our clients at the Boat Show: West Riviera Yachting is a dry-port operator that runs a well-equipped facility in the port of Tréguier, in northern Brittany, and we did some PR for them ahead of the trade show, in the summer, as you may remember.
Many British sailing enthusiasts find that congestion and high charges in ports along the south coast of England are an issue, and increasingly turn to mooring options on the Continent as a result — Brittany being an obvious choice, given the quality of the facilities on offer, their comparatively low cost, and the overall beauty of this maritime region of western France.
Gas Tech was another important trade fair I went to (8 to 11 October), and there were many interesting French companies at the EXCEL exhibition centre, which are involved in the business and technology of transporting and processing natural gas.
The picture would not be complete without some references to Food & Drink, and the Saatchi Gallery wine event at the end of October (26 and 27) springs to mind: we assisted CIV CORSE, the syndicate of Corsican winegrowers, who had a stand at the event, to better promote a range of original and high-end Corsican wines. The Saatchi event was interesting in that it combined a B-to-B dimension (aimed at trade professionals) with a B-to-C angle (intended to offer the general public an opportunity to discover new, quality wines).
We have also had a successful press trip (3 and 4 December), organised on behalf of our client, NFI, the agency for the promotion of the northern city of Lille and its surrounding region. A joint British/German press delegation (including four British journalists) travelled over to Lille in order to learn more about current developments in biotechnology in northern France.
The press trip combined field visits, meetings with industry executives and entrepreneurs, and a tour of the BioFIT event: BioFIT is an international partnering event of reference in the life-sciences sector, and it focuses on technology transfers and collaborative projects that have the potential to shape the biotech industry of the future.
Last but not least, among the events we have recently helped to organise and publicise, the docking of the Etoile du Roy tall ship, first at Portsmouth, then St Katharine Docks in London, has generated a huge amount of media interest — from regional TV news (with a report on ITV Meridian) to the trade and national press (with an article in The Daily Telegraph). The object of this interest has been the pink onion of Brittany, since the replica of a Nelson-era warship was laden with Roscoff pink onions typical of Brittany and known for their subtle, sweet taste.
The ship itself is well known to the British public: it was originally built for Hornblower, the British television series, first broadcast in the UK in the 1990s. The pink onion has a special place in Franco-British relations: in 1828, a producer from Saint-Pol-de-Léon, on the northern coast of Brittany, decided to cross the English Channel and sell his produce directly to the British consumer. Won over by the taste of the pink onion, the British welcomed the sellers that arrived each year and named them Johnnies, or Little Jeans, as Jean — or Yann, in its Breton version — is John in English.
The Onion Johnnies used to walk (or cycle) from door to door with the plaited onions on their shoulders — hence the stereotypical image of the French onion (or garlic) seller, who sports a beret and rides a bicycle up and down the country… I am told some people in Britain still think that all (or most) Frenchmen dress in the way that the Onion Johnnies used to in the 1920s and 1930s: for the sake of accuracy, it should be stressed that this is a misconception.
On 4 December, the ship reached St Katharine Docks, and it is due to set sail on 17 December to go back to France: as a result, many Londoners and others have had the opportunity to get on board and sample the pink onions on offer. On 10 December, a special event was organised, which went on from 4.00pm to 9.00pm: it gave trade professionals and members of the media the opportunity to sample some pink onions brought over by the Etoile du Roy. Mr Bernard Emié, French Ambassador to the UK, was guest of honour and made a speech. Together with a few journalists, I went for a drink in Dickens Inn afterwards — a nice way to round off the evening.
As you will see from the wide range of stories we have covered in the past few months, we continue to offer something for everyone, from flooring material for sports facilities (with Gerflor, which won several contracts for the London Olympic Games) to laminated timber (with sector leader MATHIS, making inroads into the Persian Gulf), and from exciting food products from France’s overseas territories (on display at SIAL 2012) to airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists (as designed and developed by innovative company HELITE).
Many more companies covered in this bulletin would deserve a mention, but you can discover them for yourself, such as QOOQ and its culinary tablet preloaded with 1,000 recipes or ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robots, the latest application of which is in the classroom across many schools in England. (No, you can’t order one that will do the hoovering and the rest of the housework for you yet, although I wouldn’t be surprised if such a model were available on the market before long!)
The next issue of UBIFRANCE UK will come out in the latter part of February 2013. Till then, and if you can’t wait that long, do follow us on Twitter in real time (https://twitter.com/ at @UBIFRANCE_UK).
The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE will be closed over the festive season, from 24 December to 1 January included. We wish you an enjoyable end-of-year break, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Manager — Press Office
UBIFRANCE London, the French Trade Commission in the UK
Construction and Energy
THETIS MRE keeps a-Brest in marine renewables
THETIS MRE, the only annual convention devoted to marine renewable energy (MRE), will take place from 10 to 11 April 2013 in Brest (Brittany). The convention will provide an opportunity for the sector’s major international players to gather and exchange ideas about the marine-based energies of the future.
MATHIS is glued to success in Qatar
MATHIS, a European leader in glulam-timber construction, was chosen to supply the glulam elements of part of the new Doha International Airport, in the Qatari capital. The 80m x 25m structure, which has been completed, is the first glulam construction to be erected in Qatar.
Gerflor’s Creation ushers in a new world in commercial spaces
Gerflor, a flooring specialist, has launched Creation, which is a recyclable floor-covering range specially designed for commercial spaces. This product range is made up of luxury glue-down tiles and planks for areas that must withstand a large footfall.
Engineering and Transport
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES’ mechatronic solutions strike the stroke
CEDRAT TECHNOLOGIES develops cutting-edge mini-size actuators and piezoelectric motors with a range of scientific, industrial and medical applications. One of the company’s innovations is the Linear Stepping Piezo Actuator (LSPA) motor, a linear piezoelectric micromotor with nanoscale positioning and a long stroke.
TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES’ hoses and tubes go organic
TECALEMIT FLEXIBLES, a specialist in flexible hoses for industry, has launched the innovative BBIO Universal TECALEMIT® tube, which is made from plastics of 100% biological origin. The company unveiled the tube at the MIDEST trade show, which took place from 6 to 9 November 2012 in the Paris region.
INEL’s Xsolo measures your residual stress from America to Europe
INEL, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, is to release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, in late 2012. The company manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe.
HELITE airbags the market for motorcycle protective jackets
HELITE, an airbag-technology expert, launched its cutting-edge range of high-performance airbag protective jackets for motorcyclists at Motorcycle Live, which took place from 24 November to 2 December in Birmingham (UK).
Lille region’s FUTUROTEXTILES lies in CETI
The Centre Européen des Textiles Innovants (or CETI, i.e. the European Centre for Innovative Textiles) opened on 10 October in the Lille region. The opening coincided with the start of the third FUTUROTEXTILES innovative-textiles exhibition.
Food and Drink
Prince de Bretagne brings the Onion Johnnies back to Britain
Prince de Bretagne, which produces and markets the Roscoff pink onion of Brittany, chartered the Etoile du Roy, a tall ship, to transport a cargo of onions from Brittany to London, via Portsmouth. On 10 December, an event held on the ship in London proved popular with the trade, the media and the general public.
Corsican wines enrich London Experience at Saatchi Gallery
CIVCORSE, the Corsican Wine Board, represented seven estates from the French island of Corsica at The London Experience, which took place at the Saatchi Gallery (London) from 26 to 27 October. All the producers are seeking partners and distributors in the UK and Ireland.
Millésime Bio 2013 is organically yours at 20
Next year, Millésime Bio, the organic-wine trade show, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. From 28 to 30 January 2013, the trade fair will take place in Montpellier, which is at the heart of France’s leading region for organic winegrowing. The trade show is expected to attract 3,500 visitors.
French overseas territories give SIAL 2012 that tropical feel
There were 22 companies from France’s overseas territories at SIAL 2012, the international trade show for the food industry, held from 21 to 25 October at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre (near Paris). The Pavilion displayed products such as Rhum Agricole, coffee, fruit-based items and seafood from Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion Island.
Nord-Pas-de-Calais features Agroé at SIAL 2012
The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region hosted a pavilion at SIAL 2012. France’s leading region for agri-food exports focused on innovation and Agroé, its cluster of excellence within the sector.
UNOWHY’s QOOQ speaks English in the kitchen
UNOWHY has launched the English version of QOOQ, the first tablet computer that is made for the kitchen. The tablet is preloaded with 1,000 international multimedia recipes, ingredient fact sheets, and useful meal-planning tools to help gastronomy lovers in the kitchen.
Health and Services
Minasolve’s parabens substitute takes SCS Formulate by storm
Minasolve, a specialist in the personal-care and pharmaceutical ingredients markets, exhibited its new ethyl hexyl glycerine — MinaCare Hexcine — at SCS Formulate, the trade show for the cosmetics industry, held from 13 to 14 November in Coventry (England). Minasolve is seeking a distributor in the UK.
EcoVadis and CDP bring CSR to the supply chain
EcoVadis and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) have announced a partnership whereby the two companies offer an enhanced service to both EcoVadis and CDP Supply Chain’s customers. The partnership is founded on the companies’ expertise: CDP specialises in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change and water, whereas EcoVadis covers all main CSR topics.
B.I.G. Talents hit the town in November
Involving both a trade show and a business convention, B.I.G. Talents is the only business event of its kind in France that is devoted to biotech, IT and greentech (B.I.G.). The event took place from 14 to 15 November in Rouen (north-western France).
E-Commerce Paris 2012 goes from strength to strength — and to China
The E-Commerce Paris trade show has reinforced its reputation as a crucial event for the e-commerce sector, with 500 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in 2012. E-Commerce Paris 2012 ended on 20 September after three successful days focusing on changes in market trends and on innovation; a special conference session put the spotlight on China.
France is Brand Licensing Europe, from Asterix to Moulin Rouge®
UBIFRANCE, the French export-support agency, was organising a pavilion at the Brand Licensing Europe trade show, held from 16 to 18 October in London (UK). The Pavilion, which was supported by the French Licensing Federation (F2D2), featured 10 licensing specialists who work with The Jim Henson Company, Moulin Rouge® and Asterix, among others.
IT and Robotics
ALDEBARAN Robotics unleashes NAO on Warwickshire schools
ALDEBARAN Robotics, a world leader in humanoid robotics, has equipped over 200 secondary schools worldwide with its NAO robot. In order to increase pupil interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the company has introduced the humanoid robot into schools across Warwickshire (England).
Runware’s Runalyzer Sport Pack conquers the heart of MFi users
Runware has launched the Runalyzer Sport Pack, which combines an iPhone-compatible heart-rate monitor, chest strap and armband. The designer of innovative smartphone accessories has been certified by Apple to design devices specifically made for iPhones, iPads and iPods (or MFi devices).
Conscio Technologies meters clients’ security awareness with ISAM
Conscio Technologies, a publisher of information-security solutions, has joined forces with Hapsis, a Sensitive Security Information (SSI) specialist, to create the Information Security Awareness Meter (ISAM). The ISAM analyses the information-security culture of a company before providing a detailed action plan for improving security.
For further information, please contact :
UBIFRANCE Press Office in London
Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640
INEL of France, a specialist in X-ray diffraction (XRD) equipment, will release Xsolo, a portable residual-stress-measurement system, later in 2012. The company designs and manufactures a range of XRD equipment, used in both public- and private-sector R&D centres, as well as in industry. INEL, which is already present in the USA, is seeking distributors across Europe.
Headquartered in France, INEL specialises in the design and manufacturing of XRD equipment, such as systems for powder diffraction and four-circle goniometers, used in industry, but also in public- and private-sector R&D facilities. Later on this year, INEL will release Xsolo, a new product that is a portable residual-stress-measurement system.
Residual-stress measurements are usually performed inside a laboratory and on small samples (with a maximum size of 15cm x 15cm x 12cm). Undertaking the same kind of analysis on whole parts, or very large samples, is possible but requires the use of complex devices. Furthermore, even with other robot-mounted XRD-measurement systems produced by INEL, the sample must always be brought to the device.
Thanks to Xsolo, INEL’s new portable system, the analyser is brought to the sample in order to measure its residual stress and texture. This portable system is the best product on the market to perform residual-stress measurements in the field, due to its small size (25cm tall), light weight (<10kg), and easy-to-use design.
The Xsolo’s anode source is Cr 4 Watts. The product has a 2D detector of 24mm x 34mm, an angular range of 90° to 170° 2θ and a pixel size of 20µm. The Xsolo also has a charged-coupled device (CCD) with cooling that uses the Peltier effect. It motorises the Phi axis, has a Psi/Omega angle detection and a working distance of approximately 22mm.
Xsolo is used for various applications, including welding control in the field (on pipelines or in nuclear-reactor facilities, for instance) and onsite critical industrial-parts control (for the aerospace or automotive industries). Xsolo can also be employed in the determination of critical failures in important structures that have been damaged, or in declaring a repaired area as being restored to original specifications.
Additionally, INEL has developed its skills in X-ray and extreme UV impulse sources, with applications in metrology and lithography, among others.
INEL has succeeded in gaining the trust of major laboratories and leading industrial groups worldwide, such as the Forensic Science Service (FSS), in London (UK); Vertex Pharmaceuticals, in the USA; Institut français du pétrole (IFP, the French Institute of Petroleum), in France; and the Government of India.
With over 30 years’ experience, INEL distributes its products globally. The company designs, manufactures and sells products and systems used for X-ray diffraction (or XRD). INEL has developed skills in other scientific domains, such as detection in neutron physics, for example.
INEL’s products range from simpler measuring devices to complete analysis systems. Besides, the company, with the assistance of its Engineering Research Department, provides general services, including equipment maintenance, as well as specialist services tailored to clients’ specific needs.
INEL is headquartered near Orléans, south of Paris (France), and has an office in New Hampshire (USA).
The company is currently looking for distributors within Europe.
For further information, please go to: www.inel.fr
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International auditing firm KPMG has confirmed the appeal of the Lille region (in northern France) for non-French investors. According to the independent survey conducted by KPMG and published in November 2011, 85% of respondents, representing the 1,077 subsidiaries of foreign-owned groups established in Northern France, recommend the region.
According to KPMG, the international auditing firm, the prime reason companies choose to establish a subsidiary in Northern France is the strategic location the region offers. The Lille region lies at the heart of Europe’s leading consumer catchment area. Two-thirds of the companies surveyed highlighted their aim to reach the markets of northern Europe (including France) as having driven their decision to invest in the region: an impressive 82% of companies see this locational advantage as crucial to their success in these markets.
The high quality of the local labour force also satisfies the companies: 60% were satisfied with the region’s labour force — a proportion reaching 75% of respondents in the field of trade and logistics. Undoubtedly, this is another reason businesses choose to settle in region surrounding Lille.
Regarding the quality of life, seven out of 10 business leaders say that they are satisfied with the region’s cultural dynamism and tourist potential, and close to two-thirds approve of the sports facilities available in the Lille region. The local geography and environment are also a cause for satisfaction among foreign-owned companies: 80% indicate that they are satisfied (or fairly satisfied) with the region in this respect.
Northern France is a region whose attractiveness is not always fully appreciated by outsiders: prior to their arrival, 46% of decision-makers surveyed had a good image of the region, but a third (33%) admitted to having a negative perception. Once established, however, only 1% of these decision-makers have retained this negative view, while 68% of respondents indicate that they are satisfied (or very satisfied) with the Lille region.
With hindsight, none of the companies surveyed see their location in the Lille region as a handicap. On the contrary, 60% describe the move as an asset to their businesses, especially those hailing from the Benelux countries, and 27% see the relocation as strategic in terms of the company’s development in northern Europe.
Moreover, a majority of the companies surveyed have felt genuinely welcome in northern France: close to 60% of respondents consider the welcome given to expatriates to be satisfying or very satisfying.
Despite being a border region and a hub for pan-European trade, the Lille region has a strong identity rooted in its history. Indeed, a third of respondents believe that the region stands apart from the rest of France, especially those from Germany and the Netherlands, who acknowledge a stronger cultural affinity with the region.
Lastly, the Lille region is founded upon powerful ethical values that are important to businesses. Respondents were asked what “values” they associated with the region: “work”, “fighting spirit”, “energy” and “hospitality” were widely mentioned by those surveyed. This gives an overview of the positive image that the region enjoys with international investors.
About Nord France Invest
Nord France Invest is the publicly funded investment-promotion agency for Northern France (including the city of Lille and its surroundings). The agency helps businesses to develop and make the most out of their move to the region of Northern France.
Drawing on expertise across a wide range of fields, Nord France Invest and its network partners offer personalised and fully confidential services to investors, free of charge, from the initial decision through to the launch and follow-up.
In pursuing these aims, Nord France Invest draws on the skills of its own staff, combined with expert input from an extensive network of regional and international partners.
For further information, please go to: www.investinnorthernfrance.com
The French Trade Commission in London will hold a French Fashion Showroom in London on 17 November 2010. The event will showcase the ready-to-wear collections of four French clothing companies that are seeking to develop business links with British agents.
The French Fashion Showroom will take place at Le Méridien Piccadilly Hotel in central London. The four French clothing manufacturers will be present from 1.00pm to 6.30pm. The following companies will be taking part in the event (further information is available upon request).
Helena Sorel designs a range of womenswear, targeting the active and modern woman. Since its creation in 1992 by Corrine Amouyal, Helena Sorel has created timeless, elegant pieces which subtly mix together femininity and creativity. Corrine Amouyal, and her team, plays with fabrics, colours and shapes, in order to create clothes that appeal to the active, modern woman who cares about fashion.
For more information, please go to: www.helenasorel.com
Meaning ‘the sea’ in Greek, Thalassa’s collections are inspired by nautical style which is finely mixed-up to create a modern, chic French look. Thalassa creates two collections per year, one in summer and one in winter. Products are made from natural materials such as cotton, canvas and linen, and include a wide range of trousers, skirts, tops, sweaters and jackets to suit any shape, and come in sizes S to XXXL.
For more information, please go to: www.thalassa-collections.com
British agents,Fashion showroom,French clothing companies
avril 25, 2012
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business developement, comes under the aegis of France's Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework.