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UK Cider only has to have 35% apples in it?

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 16-mai-2017 12:46:40

100% apple, new premium French cidre brand  6Somewhere launches in almost 500 Tesco stores • No added sugar, flavourings or colourings, gluten-free and made from 100% apples • The brand is aimed at all those who are interested in health and what they put in their body, whilst focusing on quality and sharing good times – it’s always 6 Somewhere , don’t forget! • French cidre brand  6Somewhere plans to raise awareness of alcopops masquerading as cider Nothing but apples and craft We are working with the Huet family and the Dupont family. These two cideries have been crafting their cidre for more than 125 years and have created three delicious gluten-free cidres for the UK market, made from 100% apples and nothing else. There’s an awful lot of chat about ‘craft’ going on at the moment, especially in beer. However, no-one’s really doing anything different in cider. So, if you think that using only the finest quality produce, utilising years of experience and expertise, and then calling your mate who has a bottling plant on the back of his lorry to bottle your product is ‘craft’ - then you’d love our Premier Cru from the Dupont family. Why not pair meals with cider? The sweet cidre is a perfect aperitif on a hot summer’s day, and an attractive alternative to fizzy wines for those who want to reduce their alcohol intake. The semi-dry cidre goes really well with pork (sausages, ribs and chops) and also chicken, so is a well-matched accompaniment to a BBQ with family or friends. 51% of consumers surveyed by Lightspeed/Mintel stated that apple was their favourite flavour of cider – so what a pity so few of them currently contain much of it! According to a recent survey conducted by Canvas 8 for Heineken ’Taste (41%) and quality (32%) are the priorities when choosing an alcoholic drink’.    “These new lines give customers a taste of a traditional Normandie Cidre at a great price” said Rosie Goodson, Tesco Buying Manager, “The two different cidres means that customers can try a variation of styles within the growing cider range, giving them an opportunity to explore and discover new flavours”. Both the semi-dry and sweet 6Somewhere variations (75cl bottles) will be on promotion at Tesco for £5.00 (normal RRP £7.00) from Tuesday 16th May for 3 weeks.    COMPANY BIO 6Somewhere was founded by Tony Watson who was at Carlsberg for over 20 years ending up as the Vice President National Accounts and Rik Roberts who worked at PepsiCo and Red Bull looking after a number of channels and accounts  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: rik@6somewhere.com +44 7890 275420 www.6somewhere.com  

Offre de stage: Assistant Press Officer

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 12-mai-2017 12:20:10

Opérateur public national au service de l’internationalisation de l’économie française, résultant de la fusion au 1er janvier 2015 d’UBIFRANCE et de l’AFII, Business France valorise et promeut l’attractivité de l’offre de la France, de ses entreprises et de ses territoires. Qu’il s’agisse d’exportation, d’investissement ou de partenariats internationaux, Business France accompagne les entreprises françaises et internationales du début jusqu’à l’aboutissement de leurs projets, dans une démarche clairement orientée efficacité et résultats. Grâce à son réseau et à son équipe dynamique de 1500 professionnels sur le terrain, en France et dans 70 pays, Business France intervient du montage opérationnel des actions jusqu’à leur suivi à long terme. Mission Le stagiaire, Assistant Press Officer, contribuera à la bonne réalisation de prestations de communication individuelles (pour 1 seul client)  ou collectives (plusieurs clients à la fois) pour le pôle presse de Business France Londres. Principales attributions Le stagiaire, dans le cadre de sa mission, effectuera des tâches multiples et variées : • Utilisation de l’outil CRM interne et logiciel de relations publiques • Contact avec les clients Business France qui souhaitent développer des actions de communications au Royaume-Uni • Ciblage de journalistes et blogueurs britanniques • Poster les communiqués de presse sur les sites de distribution de contenu • Suivi des médias britanniques et des parutions • Rédaction de documents de restitution aux clients Business France • Mise à jour de base de données médias • Relances téléphoniques de journalistes britanniques • Organiser des voyages de presse, participer aux pricipaux salons Tech et Services et acceuillir les journalistes Qualités requises De formation supérieure, étudiant niveau bac +2 / +3 minimum (formations universitaires), la polyvalence ainsi que le sens de l’organisation et du contact seront des atouts indispensables pour réussir cette mission. Un fort intérêt pour les métiers de la communication et de la presse est requis La maîtrise de l’anglais (écrit et oral) et des outils bureautiques sont indispensables. Compéhension de l’usage des réseaux sociaux dans un contexte professionnel (Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram/blogs) Modalités : Merci de bien vouloir envoyer votre candidature (CV + lettre de motivation en anglais) à l’adresse email suivante : catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Nombre de postes disponibles : 1 Date de début du stage : 6 Septembre 2017 Date de fin de stage : 15 Décembre 2017 Durée : 4 mois Lieu : Londres Gratification : Vous bénéficierez d’une gratification mensuelle convertie en Livre au taux de chancellerie en vigueur au moment du paiement. Vous serez payé par virement (il faudra donc ouvrir un compte bancaire anglais). L’indemnité ne pourra pas être inférieure à 15 % du plafond horaire de la Sécurité sociale, soit 24 € x 0,15 = 3,60 € par heure travaillée La gratification est mensuelle : elle est versée chaque mois, et non pas en fin de stage Exemple pour un stage à temps plein pour février 2017 (35 heures par semaine) du 1er février au 28 février 2017, pour un total de 140 heures effectuées (si aucune absence n’a été constatée), la gratification totale due = 140 x 3,60 € = 504.00 €. Indemnité de grand déplacement : 100 € par mois si aucune absence notifiée. Stage conventionné uniquement. Business France au Royaume-Uni www.businessfrance.fr  

Word on Cheshire Street, bow ties are back

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 09-mai-2017 11:15:09

Bow ties are back! That’s the word on Cheshire Street, London where French bow tie specialists, Le Colonel Moutarde have opened their first store in the UK. The independent brand will target Londoners who can pop in for that ‘je ne sais quoi’ of French style inspiration, as well as the alternative UK wedding market. Japanese fabric, silk, Liberty of London® fabric, stripes, spots, floral, tartan... Walk into the Shoreditch shop and you are greeted by a wall of bow-ties in every pattern, colour, shape and fabric imaginable. The shop offers a range of more than 250 handmade bowties, matching cufflinks and matching pocket squares! Prices for Le Colonel Moutarde bow ties start from £26 to £30. You’ll also find a large selection of accessories: braces , boxer shorts , kids’ bow ties , socks , bracelets, doggy bow ties, ties, bandanas... For those who want to stand out for all the right reasons Le Colonel Moutarde offers bespoke services so whatever the occasion you can inject your personality into an outfit with unique tailor-made pieces.     All the bow ties are tied before your very eyes in the style you want upon purchase: classic tailor-made, slim or diamond shaped. Many bow ties are reversible so you can get several different looks for one bow tie – perfect if you have various events coming up. With a full range of accessories as well as the expertise of Simon the shop manager, freshly arrived from France (of course!), find the right pieces in one place for any and every occasion. Copreneurs It all started with a sense of frustration, Remi had a tough time finding a bow tie to suit his taste, so he decided to design and sew his own! His passion for sewing was passed on by his mother and grandmother. His home soon became a permanent exhibition of bow ties. His partner Clémence decided to create a blog to offer them for sale. To keep up with demand, the bow ties are now handmade by 10 expert couturiers in Lille, northern France. Today, Remi is still creative as ever, coming up with new designs and products while Clémence continues to develop the business. After Lille and Paris, the opening of the third store in a new country is a new challenge for the young French couple. X marks the spot The new shop is located just round the corner from Brick Lane at 10 Cheshire Street, E2 6EH. Part of a buzzing community of independent businesses in the heart of the East End, Le Colonel Moutarde is 5 minutes’ walk from Shoreditch High St Overground station and under 15 minutes’ walk from Liverpool St station. Based outside of London? Never fear, all products are available to order on the Colonel Moutarde website.   Contact France: Clémence Yon / +33(0)6 09 15 45 97 / clemence@lecolonelmoutarde.com UK : Simon Potey / +44(0)787 323 9233 / simon@lecolonelmoutarde.com  lecolonelmoutarde.com  / Facebook Le Colonel Moutarde / Instagram @lecolonelmoutarde For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer / +44(0)20 7024 3613 /  catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/

Launch of LCI’s Touch range: functional ‘Clean Label’ ingredients for bakery products

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 26-avr.-2017 11:28:32

        Ingredient transparency and the use of natural products are of increasing importance in the bread-making industry. In this context and as a pioneer in ‘Clean Label’ ingredients , Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) unveils its new range of functional ingredients, LCI’s touch . The range combines functional flours and enzymes to provide new ‘Clean Label’ solutions. Through the various offerings of the range, ‘LCI’s touch’ range makes it possible to: -    replace up to 50% of added gluten  -    to increase dough hydration levels -    to reduce added salt -    to control softness and/or to reduce egg quantity by up to 20%        All 6 ingredients in the LCI’s touch range can be listed as ‘wheat flour’ in the end product ingredient list : - GLUSAFE is an ingredient which replaces up to 50% of added gluten in bread (sandwich bread loaves, traditional or artisanal bread). With GLUSAFE, no modification of the process or hydration is required and dough is improved (greater elasticity, enhanced texture, etc).  - GLUSAFE SWEET is available for viennoiserie and pastries.  - The unique ingredient HYDRA 0.2% increases dough hydration levels and reduces bread recipe costs.  - STOP SALT , an innovative nutritional solution, reduces the amount of salt added to recipes by up to 25%. STOPSALT can be used in recipes for traditional or artisanal breads, sandwich bread loaves and viennoiserie. With STOP SALT , dough retains its hydration and elasticity without becoming sticky. - CAKESOFT makes it possible to control the soft texture of pastries with a long shelf life. No additional water is required in recipes using cakeSoft. - SOFT EGG is used to reduce the amount of eggs by up to 20% in bakery products without adding allergens. SOFT EGG also increases product shelf life and results in bakery products with finer breadcrumbs. About Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients At the heart of the sustainable supply chain of the Limagrain cooperative group, Bakery by Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients creates cereal ingredients for professionals in the bakery industry. Experts in softness, nutrition and ‘Clean Label’ ingredients, Bakery by Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients supports clients with expert knowledge and passion, providing quality ingredients and offering tailored solutions to both today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in the industry. www.lci.limagrain.com  For more information about this press release, please contact: Business France UK  (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Catherine Ryall , Press Officer Email:   catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Tel:  + 44(0)207 024 3613 Website:    www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/    

France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 21-avr.-2017 12:17:21

France’s Industry of the Future companies resoundingly present at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology For the second consecutive year, France will be represented at Hannover Messe, from April 24-28 2017, in Hall 8 dedicated to “Digital Industry”, to show off the industrial know-how and creativity of French companies to international audiences, under the banner Créative Industry . It was in Hannover that the Créative Industry banner was first unveiled, the culmination of a closely-concerted effort with  Alliance Industrie du Futur (AIF) to showcase French industrial technology innovation through 7 technologies: digitization of the value chain, the role of people, new materials and composites, additive manufacturing, monitoring and control, energy efficiency, automation, workflow management and robotics. Won over by the success of the 2016 edition, the Grand Est Region and leading corporation Orange Business Services have confirmed participation in the fair again, at the same space. For this 2nd edition, 2 new regions (Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) will be joining the Grand Est Region in the Créative Industry Area, a sprawling 350 m² space headed by Business France/AIF. Each region will be taking part alongside its solutions suppliers (see detailed list below). SMEs SAV RESO and Optim Data , which recently earned the AIF’s Technological Showcase label, will also be found at the Creative Industry space, as well companies  AMA (connected glasses),  Diota (augmented reality solutions)  Monixo (predictive maintenance), and Cetim . In total, more than 70 French companies of all sizes will be able to show their capacity to provide innovative solutions, all along the value chain . With the support of its international network, Business France will put together 4 days with 4 countries that have set out an Industrial Strategy for the Future, including Germany, the United States and China. The aim is to create opportunities for interaction between French exhibitors and major principals or SMEs from the featured countries. The French-German day, designed in partnership with SAP France and Bosch France , will offer the opportunity to extend the cooperation on the Industry of the Future, officialised in Hanover in 2016: digital standardisation, usage cases, scenarios and R&D platforms. --> 11 SMEs from the GRAND EST Region, offering innovative technological solutions for the Factory of the Future in the GRAND EST Region ( www.grandest.fr ) will be exhibiting at the Créative Industry Area organised by Business France for the 2017 Hannover Messe, in Hall 8, dedicated to the Industry of the Future. Their participation proceeds from the Region’s “Factory of the Future” Plan, designed to enable industrial companies to turn their production sites into smarter, more flexible, connected and environmentally-friendly units. --> 15 companies and business players supported by the HAUTS-DE-FRANCE Region ( www.hautsdefrance.fr ) will show off their know-how, in partnership with Business France to: o Highlight its pro-business image along with the advantages, infrastructures and tools which the Region boasts for the Industry of the Future; o Communicate about the Region’s policies with investors, purchasing officers, partners, etc. o Strengthen ties with partners through its presence at the Créative Industry space. This shared presence will be an opportunity for the Region’s companies and industrial players to introduce their products, know-how and operations, as business players engaged in the Industry of the Future. --> 8 companies from the AUVERGNE-RHONE-ALPES Region ( www.auvergnerhonealpes.fr ). France’s leading industrial region intends to provide concrete assistance to its businesses so that they can stand tall in the face of the challenges raises by the Industry of the Future and boost their attractiveness. A collective of competitiveness clusters from all across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and dedicated to the Industry of the Future ( Axelera , Minalogic , Mont-Blanc Industries , Plastipolis ,  Tenerrdis and ViaMéca ) will also be taking part. As to major corporations participation, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES will be at the trade fair yet again, alongside Business France. A trusted partner to the industry’s key players in their digital transformation, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES has positioned itself as the reference operator for the Industry 4.0. Thanks to its know-how as services integrator, its Datavenue offer, expertise in the field of cyber-security, and its partner ecosystem, ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES helps industrial companies take advantage of all the potential which Big Data and the Internet of Things – powerful drivers of growth and innovation – have to offer. Orange Business Services Beyond Hall 8, dozens of French companies will be featured at the France Pavilions in Halls 4, 20, 25 and 27, in particular in hydrogen technology, showcased by multiple players (businesses, laboratories, associations, competitive clusters) aspiring to speed up the development of hydrogen solutions to the benefit of the energy transition. Come meet all the French exhibitors with BUSINESS FRANCE: - Hall 4, A 44: Industrial sub-contracting (forging, smelting, sheet metal processing, machining) ADIAMIX , GUY DEGRENNE INDUSTRIE , PRECIFORGE, RAYMOND BARRE , WICHARD - Hall 8, F 09: Digital Factory Companies established in the Grand Est Region: 2CRSI , 3P - PRODUITS PLASTIQUES PERFORMANTS , ACCELINN , ALCHIMIES, ARPITEC , HAPTIC MEDIA , OPTA LP , SIRFULL , SYSTANCIA ,THURMELEC, VISUOL TECHNOLOGIES Companies established in the Hauts-de-France Region: FONDERIES DE SOUGLAND , PROSYST , EUROBAUT , GEOMNIA , SIF , STEREOGRAPH , TECHNIFRANCE Major corporation: ORANGE BUSINESS SERVICES SMEs exhibiting individually: AMA , CETIM , DIOTA , MONIXO , OPTIM DATA , SAV RESO - Halls 20 6C 44: Motion Drive and Automation DOUCE HYDRO , EXAGO GROUP , DS DYNATEC , GEM INDUSTRIE , VMF HYDRAULICS ( dcombre@vmf.fr ) - Hall 25 F 24: Motion Drive and Automation APPAREILS DE TRANSFORMATION DE VITESSE , INNOVATIVE TECHNOMICS EUROPE - Hall 27: Hydrogen fuel cells – power generation, renewable and conventional energy supply, transmission and storage AD VENTA , AFHYPAC , ALCRYS , ATAWEY , FRANCHE COMTE INNOVATION/H2SYS , MCPHY ENERGY , MAHYTEC , POLE TENERRDIS , POLE VEHICULE DU FUTUR   Contacts:   BUSINESS FRANCE Weng Si DUVERDIER, Industry Department Head wengsi.duverdier@businessfrance.fr Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 30 67   Florence MASSENOT, Industry of the Future Head florence.massenot@businessfrance.fr Phone + 33 (0)1 40 73 35 27   www.businessfrance.fr

TK’Blue, rating goods transport to improve economic, environmental and social performance

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 29-mars-2017 13:12:00

Founded in 2011, TK’Blue is an accreditation and rating agency which specialises in goods transport. Designed as a service platform for the sector’s various players – carriers, shippers and freight forwarders – it covers all modes of transport: road, rail, sea, river and air. Bolstered by its success in France, TK’Blue is now keen to bring its innovative service platform to an international clientele, particularly in the United Kingdom, Germany and the US. It is currently seeking partners and customers who will act as early adopters in these countries. Tailored objective assessments to improve services for everyone In line with EU directives and taking into account all associated negative externalities (greenhouse gases/CO 2 , particles, pollution, noise, congestion, accidents, etc.), TK’Blue allows organisations to increase the economic performance of their supply-chain and, simultaneously, evaluate and manage the social and environmental impact of their transport operations. TK’Blue accredits carriers based on an online questionnaire, awarding them a TK’T score in the process. The score is directly proportional to: ·        - the quality of their equipment ·        - their facilities ·        - the training offered to their drivers. This accreditation is free of charge for road haulage firms. The analytical criteria used to generate the TK’T score are tailored to the specifics of each mode of transport and were selected and validated by experts , scientists and European transport professionals . The TK’T score is the first to offer shippers an objective assessment of the performance (punctuality, security) they can expect from the transport fleets of their service providers. Consequently, shippers can easily identify areas to improve and work on with their service providers. Shippers can also take advantage of detailed and continually updated information regarding their transport operations. This allows them to meet the latest reporting requirements in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and their CSR commitments. Big brands are already on board TK’Blue has already convinced dozens of major shippers such as Carrefour, Procter&Gamble, Sanofi, Castorama, METRO, Adisseo, BIC, Bekaert, Pernod-Ricard, Sephora as well as thousands of carriers in Europe.   ‘In 2016, BIC Europe chose TK’Blue to improve and, in the long run, replace their existing transportation performance measurement system. TK’Blue is now providing an improved and extremely flexible measurement which respects our legal obligations. We use it for our internal analysis.Both in Europe and around the world, BIC relies on TK’Blue to simplify the CSR impact measurement of its transport services. After a trial period in Europe, we will also extend TK’Blue’s services to all our subsidiaries in order to provide a unique, reliable and common measurement.’   Pierre Daurces, Supply Chain Manager at BIC Europe Consumer Continuing to improve the transport and logistics sector for everyone Philippe Mangeard, President and Founder of TK’Blue, underlined his ambition to ‘ improve the economic and environmental performance of the transport services provided to shippers by raising the profile of carriers offering the best equipment and staff. We want to go beyond a rationale that focuses solely on the price of transport and instead boost operation reliability, security and punctuality’. About TK’Blue: TK’Blue is an extra-financial transport rating agency that takes the form of a service platform. It evaluates, rates and values the environmental performance of every stakeholder in the chain – be they carriers, freight forwarders or shippers – in accordance with the legal and regulatory requirements related to CO 2 emissions and CSR, at both national and European levels. Its cross-European governance, which includes more than 60 individuals representing the logistics chain’s various stakeholders, experts and operators, enhances its legitimacy, as well as its credibility, development, fitness for purpose and independence in the long term. TK’Blue and environmental analysis specialists Vigeo Eiris signed a methodological partnership in 2016. For more information, visit: https://www.tkblueagency.eu To find out more about TK’Blue, please contact: Claire Commaille who works for TK’Blue in the UK would be delighted to set up meetings at two shows in Birmingham on 5 th April 2017 : -         -  Multimodal -         -   Traffex Claire Commaille, claire.commaille@tkblueagency.eu , +44 (0)73 9877 9929 In Paris : Nicolas Darfeuille,  nicolas.darfeuille@tkblueagency.eu , + 33 1 71 39 80 70 Website: www.tkblueagency.eu For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: catherine.ryall@businessfrance.fr Website:   www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/  

2016 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 27-mars-2017 12:50:30

1,177 foreign investments decisions in France in 2016, with 85 British investments projects accounted for and 3,713 jobs created. France, first destination for British investments in Europe Business France published yesterday the “2016 Annual Report: Foreign investment in France. The international development of the French economy”, which analyses foreign investment decisions in France and their contribution to the French economy. In 2016, 1,117 foreign investment decisions created or maintained 30,108 jobs in France, up 16% from 2015. That’s 3 investment decisions per day made thanks to the assets France present: its geographical location, infrastructures, transport links, great industrial quality and diversity, high productivity and a highly-qualified work-force. France continues to attract investments in strategic functions and remains the first country for investments in the manufacturing industry. In fact, in 2016, 25% of foreign investments were focused on production, which represents 37% of employment. To showcase, Bolton Group (Italy), decided to invest 2.5 million euros in the extension of its branch Saupiquet, in Quimper, and the Swiss Liebherr Aerospace invested over 14 million euros on its production site in Toulouse. Foreign investors in Europe increasingly recognise French innovation and the French Tech ecosystem, a true lever for French attractiveness. In 2016, 115 investment decisions were Research and Development, engineering and design, which confirm this trend. For example, the Italian TAS Group invested 4 million euros in its Sophia-Antipolis site, and the German equipment giant Continental engaged in the connected vehicles revolution created a dedicated R&D site in Toulouse. The UK has actively contributed to these results, with 85 investment decisions accounted for in 2016, leading to the creation or maintenance of 3,713 jobs in France. To date, over 2,800 British companies are present in France, where they employ over 230,000 people. In 2016, France was the first destination for British investments creating jobs in Europe. It is home to 25% of projects, followed by Germany with 14% and Spain with 9% of projects. 32% of British investments were the creation or expansion of retail stores/units, 27% of investments were in the creation or expansion of decision centres (23 in total), and 25% the creation or expansion of production centres (25% of investments). It is worth mentioning that 24% of investment in retail stores in France is done by British companies. Presence of British companies in France is sectorial. The main sectors are commerce and distribution (24%), consultancy, engineering and operational services to companies (19%), and textile, industrial textile, fashion and accessories (15%). British investments can be demonstrated by the British group AstraZeneca Plc , which specialises in treatment against asthma and employs 1,500 people in France. The group decided to invest in the extension of its production plant in Dunkirk by planning a new production line, creating a dozen jobs. Based in the United Kingdom, BSRIA LTD is an international organisation for testing, instrumentation, research and consultation that produces specialised services in construction and building. The group has invested 1.5M€ in the opening of a calibration laboratory in Lille, in Hauts-de-France (North of France). BSRIA will be recruiting around 10 people. The industrial group Tata sold its branch of European aciers longs to the British group Greybull Capital . The company also acquired the French production plant of Hayange in the Grand-Est (East of France). It plans to invest 495 M€, realising its first investment in France. The leading 5 British companies in terms of employment in France are Kingfisher PLC, commerce and distribution that specialises in furniture and home equipment created between 18,000 and 20,000 jobs. It is followed by the hospitality group Compass with 15,000 jobs created. The next are financial, banking and insurance services Bridgepoint Advisers Group Ltd, Intermediate Capital Group PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC, each creating just over 10,000 jobs. British companies invest throughout France’s thriving regions and cities, which are key for attracting investment, although over a quarter of investments (26%) are located in Ile de France (Paris region), 13% in Hauts-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (9% each). The 2016 annual report demonstrates that France is open, attracting companies of all sizes, of all sectors and of all nationalities and remains a privileged destination for foreign investors. The second season of the French Tech Ticket, with over 2700 candidates, is a testament to the real attractive potential of our country, where access to financing is now considered the most performant in Europe. The success of a project is also the quality of its interlocutors that guide the investors to realise their investment. This is the role of Business France and its teams. Out of 1,177 foreign investment decisions, 643 received support from Business France and its regional partners, up from 522 in 2015. Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. For further information, please visit: http://en.businessfrance.fr/discover-france/international-development-of-the-french-economy Press Contacts Cynthia.odsi@businessfrance.fr Sarah.struk@businessfrance.fr

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Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK  is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy in the UK. It is responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating the UK’s investment in France. Business France promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE Programme in the UK. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 members of staff, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public- and private-sector partners. In September 2015, Patrick Manon was appointed the new Director of Business France in the UK. Prior to this appointment, Patrick was the Human Resources Director at Business France in Paris, which manages the recruitment of t

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