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Meet the Buyers event at Marshall Aerospace & Defence Group

Elise Lehy - 15-déc.-2015 13:52:51
On Wednesday 25 th  November, the Business France UK Industries & Cleantech team brought a delegation of 11 French SMEs working in the aerospace and defence sectors to meet with buyers at industry giant Marshall ADG’s headquarters in Cambridge. Prior to the event, Marshall ADG  and Business France selected French suppliers matching their specific procurement requirements. Throughout the process, Marshall ADG showed a strong interest in working with French companies, which was a decisive factor in making this event such a success. The day started with presentations by Business France, the Defence Equipment Attaché from the French Embassy in London and the Head of Procurement at Marshall ADG. This was followed by a guided tour of the land and aerospace divisions. Most importantly, the afternoon was dedicated to B2B meetings with buyers. According to early feedback from French attendees and Marshall’s buyers, the event was a success and a further example of French-British collaboration in these strategic sectors. The  Business France UK Industries & Cleantech team   would like to  thank the French Embassy services in London, the Business France aerospace team i n Paris, the CAI network and regional partners, and Marshall ADG for all of their efforts in making this event possible.

A taste of Italy in England: Pasta chain Francesca® opens five new restaurants

Fran Lambert - 03-sept.-2015 15:21:09
Following its success in France, pasta restaurant chain Francesca® looks set to open five new restaurants in England this autumn. Its flagship restaurant at 215 Baker Street, London, opened in 2012. Francesca® will soon be opening a restaurant in Birmingham’s brand new shopping centre, Grand Central.  People on the move will also be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine on the food courts of four motorway service stations: Beaconsfield (M40 J2), Cambridge (A14 – M11), Baldock (A1M J10) and Peterborough (A1M J17).  Whether it’s a little corner of Italy in the heart of Birmingham or just off the motorway, members of the public will be able to sample high-quality, fast casual dining at Francesca® (eat-in or take away), with a choice of up to 18 freshly prepared sauces and three varieties of durum wheat pasta, as well as an assortment of salads, antipasti, lasagne, cannelloni, panini, desserts, real Italian coffees and wine.  Founded in 1998 with over 50 restaurants in France and abroad, Francesca® provides healthy and balanced meals that live up to Italian cuisine’s excellent reputation. Francesca®’s company model proudly reflects the traditions upheld by high-quality Italian food and its respect for consumers and suppliers.  Francesca Albanese, co-founder of the Francesca® franchise, makes it her priority to source top-quality ingredients straight from Italy, which she then transforms into 18 deliciously fresh, homemade pasta sauces. All pasta dishes are free of preservatives or artificial flavours, and are based on traditional recipes and cooking techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation in Francesca Albanese’s family. Francesca Albanese is fond of flavours promoted by the cucina contemporanea Italiana. Restaurants only use Pomi d’Oro tomatoes from the Naples region (southern Italy), extra virgin olive oil from the Puglie region (southern Italy) and GMO-free products. All dishes are served with authentic parmesan cheese imported from Parma (northern Italy). Whether eating in or taking away, Francesca®’s menu offers each customer a diverse range of good, authentic Italian cuisine. The menu includes antipasti, salads, mains, desserts and coffee — all at affordable prices. Francesca® restaurants also offer seasonal menus and regularly add new dishes. Restaurants offer a full and varied range of meals throughout the day. The delicatessen area also allows customers to take home the flavours of Francesca®’s cooking.  Restaurant interiors combine chic décor with a friendly ambience, balancing the simplicity of Italian life with the sophistication of Italian culture. The restaurant chain is currently in the process of expanding into the United Kingdom, and is opening restaurants at the following locations: 1.     Beaconsfield services (24 September 2015) 2.     Grand Central Birmingham shopping centre (30 September 2015) 3.     Cambridge services (22 October 2015) 4.     Baldock services (21 November 2015) 5.     Peterborough services (19 December 2015) The Francesca® brand is offering one free meal to any journalist who wishes to know more about its restaurants, the company and its franchise. Journalists wishing to benefit from this special offer and discover the Francesca® concept are invited to contact Business France – The French Trade Commission in London (details below).  About Francesca In 1997, Francesca Arbogast-Albanese and Bertrand Arbogast decided to share their love of Italian cuisine by founding Francesca®, a traditional Italian restaurant, in Strasbourg (eastern France). In 2004, the company chose to offer takeaway dishes to its customers, which is where the fast casual restaurant idea originated. At the beginning of 2015, there were 50 restaurants across France, Switzerland, Canada and UK. From September 2015, people will not only be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Francesca®’s flagship restaurant in Baker Street, London, but also in Beaconsfield, Baldock, Cambridge and Peterborough. Birmingham Grand Central will be their first UK restaurant located in a shopping centre. For further information, please visit:  http://www.francescauk.com    For further information regarding this press release, please contact: Fran Lambert, Communications Adviser Business France - The French Trade Commission in the UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@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. Business France’s main missions are: - Fostering export growth by French businesses. - Promoting and facilitating international investment in France. - Promoting France’s companies, business image and nationwide attr

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