Business France publishes improved operating results across the board

Laure Bidault des Chaumes - 03-mars-2017 13:17:15
Business France has continued to build upon its success for the second successive year following its creation in January 2015, according to improved operating results across the board published Thursday, as greater synergies between supporting French exporters and attracting foreign investment to France start to pay off. The number of SMEs and mid-size companies benefiting from Business France’s export services increased from 9,755 in 2015 to  9,993 in 2016 , including 5,682 through collective events (France Pavilions at international trade fairs, business meetings, etc.) and 3,429 receiving customized support. 462 collective events  were organized abroad as part of the France Export Program, including  152 France Pavilions . Criteria for providing customized support and follow-up to growth SMEs and mid-size companies, in partnership with France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, showed that  1,101 businesses  had initiated their international action plan by the end of 2016, well ahead of an initial target of 1,000 by the end of 2017. Business France’s strategy to make the VIE International Internship Program a leading bespoke solution in foreign countries for businesses and young professionals alike can be seen by the surge in interns taking part in the program, rising from 9,006 in 2015 to  9,572 by the end of 2016  in 134 countries. One business in two  receiving support from Business France in 2016 struck at least one trading agreement, while three in four businesses found new potential trading partners. Moreover,  643 foreign investment decisions receiving support from Business France  and its regional development partners were successfully completed during the year, up from 522 in 2015, while the total figures for foreign investment projects and jobs generated in France will be published in late March 2017. No fewer than 1,553 foreign investment projects were identified and followed up in 2016, up from 1,333 in 2015, while Business France teams organized around a thousand site visits for foreign investors. Business France currently operates in  73 different countries , having doubled its presence throughout the world to attract foreign investors, opening new branches in Kuwait and Ethiopia in 2016, along with two offices in Iran and Nigeria. As France’s leading player in the international development of the French economy, Business France signed or renewed a number of public and private partnerships in 2016, which included agreements with France’s public investment bank Bpifrance, French Chambers of Commerce and Industry both within France and internationally, France’s foreign trade advisors (CCEFs), Expertise France, Atout France, the French Trademark and Patent Office (INPI), the French Trade Entrepreneurs Federation (OSCI), the French Employer Federation MEDEF International, the French Development Agency (AFD), Euler Hermes, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole. Business France also looked to strengthen its regional partnerships in 2016 by signing a cooperation agreement in September with France’s regions, enabling them to work more closely with the agency’s various business lines and global network. “These excellent results for 2016 are an endorsement of how Business France has been set up to operate. After an excellent start in 2015, we have now built upon our early success. For this, we can thank the unstinting commitment, expertise and capabilities of our 1,500 personnel, who hail from 65 different countries and together provide active support to help businesses succeed, whether this be in export markets or by investing in France. The coming year will see an even greater impact, as we work increasingly closely with public- and private-sector partners, especially in France’s regions,” said Muriel Pénicaud, CEO of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment. 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: Media contacts: Cynthia Odsi  +33 1 40 74 74 15 Clément Moulet  +33 1 40 73 35 31


Adeline Perrault - 08-nov.-2016 13:36:50
    In a global market worth almost €200 billion (around £173 billion) a year, the medical devices and in vitro diagnostics sector is particularly innovative in France. Across the Channel, the sector is comprised of over a thousand companies, employing almost 65,000 people with expertise encompassing medicine, mechanics, material physics and digital technologies. The French market is estimated to be worth €15 billion (around £13 billion) with around 700 new patent applications filed every year, considerably boosting the sector’s value. Despite being largely made up of SMEs along with some microbusinesses and a few large groups, almost 74% of these organisations have R&D and/or production departments. The healthcare industry is navigating profound changes and, in response, is using innovation as a growth driver. R&D generates brand new solutions that deliver performance and security for both patients and doctors alike. Medical robotics is making technical medical interventions easier. French companies are at the leading edge of all of these technologies, helping to achieve what was previously believed to be impossible. Six French companies, particularly at the cutting edge of medical technology, will be in the spotlight in the Innovation zone at Medica 2016 in Hall 17 (17A40A 0 17A40E and 17C24F): AXILUM ROBOTICS   will be presenting the world’s first and only robot designed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Its non-invasive neurostimulation technique offers therapeutic applications for psychiatric and neurological conditions, severe depression, chronic neuropathic pain and post-stroke conditions which are resistant to drug therapies. TMS could change the lives of millions of people living with chronic pain. It can considerably lessen drug-resistant symptoms by acting on affected parts of the brain. These robotic solutions, marketed since 2014, are sold or leased with maintenance contracts. MDOLORIS MEDICAL SYSTEM (17C24F) is the first global player able to provide hospital practitioners with non-invasive systems to continuously monitor pain. Of the three components of anaesthesia, analgesia is the only one not to have previously been measured objectively. For the very first time, this monitoring solution allows clinicians to objectively measure the pain felt by patients, enabling them to administer personalised quantities of painkiller to both conscious and unconscious patients. MIRAVAS  is exhibiting VBOX®, the first medical device to treat varicose veins with water vapour, for use in the operating room. Similar to other endothermic techniques (lasers, radiofrequencies, water vapour), its mechanism of action, that is emission of heat into the vein, causes collagen fibres in the vein wall that are obstructing the vein to retract. VBOX® delivers its steam treatment by sufficiently heating the body of sterile water contained in its handpiece so that it turns into steam. This heating process also raises the pressure in the handpiece up to saturation vapour pressure, allowing water vapour to be injected into the vein through a catheter or needle. Venous diseases affect millions of people, half of whom report having varicose veins. In terms of public health, the human and economic stakes are therefore considerable. Various European health insurance systems encourage the adoption of new minimally invasive techniques and the development of outpatient surgery to maximise patient comfort while staying on top of healthcare expenditure. VBOX® is a competitively priced and medically congruent device that makes it possible to treat the full spectrum of venous diseases in the doctor’s office. Its CE certification ensures it is available to angiologists and vascular surgeons in Europe.   PHYSIO-ASSIST   specialises in medical devices aimed at patients with obstructive respiratory illnesses. Its Simeox® range offers healthcare professionals access to breakthrough technology in bronchial decongestion and meets the primary needs of patients with cystic fibrosis or chronic bronchitis. Its thixotropic properties thin mucus and create turbulence by stimulating the tracheo-bronchial air at a distinctive frequency, resulting in bronchial drainage. Its performance, which has been proven in a clinical tolerance trial, improves the medical service delivered. It enables patients to carry out effective bronchial clearance independently and less painfully whilst also considerably reducing treatment costs. The Simeox® medical device and its consumables are now CE-labelled so that they can be marketed to physiotherapists via distributors for European markets, as well as countries with EEA trading agreements in place. It comes with a connected touchscreen interface and a travel pouch with space for storing medical consumables and the remote control.   ROBOSOFT SERVICES ROBOTS   will be presenting Kompaï, the connected assistant for caregivers that helps frail people live independently at home or in institutions. This robot improves people’s physical independence, helps them feel safe, especially in the event of a fall, monitors health to improve prevention, provides cognitive stimulus and facilitates day-to-day life by supporting social contact, allowing users to send emails by voice command. It also offers data processing capabilities.   THERAPIXEL   is revolutionising surgery through touchless visual recognition with Fluid, a medical image navigation system designed for the operating room. Operated entirely by gesture-based commands, it offers efficient access to patients’ radiological files in sterile conditions. No need to touch anything! The operating room diary is used to preload examinations in advance. Patient information is loaded by selection from the daily operating list. Fluid is compatible with all PACS on the market and gives access to all patient images, both pre and intraoperative, regardless of how they were generated.   Along with these 6 innovators, a total of 218 French companies will be exhibiting at the group pavilion run by Business France – the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy – at Medica, the global healthcare exhibition, on 14th-17th November 2016 in Düsseldorf.   · Hall 3: diagnostic and laboratory Equipment · Halls 4 and 5: physiotherapy and orthopedics · Hall 7a: consumer goods and textiles · Hall 15: new information and communications technologies · Halls 16 and 17: electro-medicine and operating room equipment · Hall 8b (Compamed): subcontracting for medical manufacturing (micro-technology, plastics technology, etc.)   With eight partners on-site at the France Pavilion – ALSACE BIOVALLEY - BCI - LILLE EURASANTE – CCI FRANCHE COMTE – CCI LIMOGES - MADEELI – I-CARE – MEDICEN - TECHNOPOLE TBS – SYNERGIA (Caen La Mer) and SUD DE FRANCE, come and meet the French exhibitors representing this growing industry. Please find full details about the French Pavilion at Medica in the catalogue: For further information about or any of the French Pavilion exhibitors, please contact: Christiane Peslherbe Project Manager, Business France – Paris Tel: +33(0) 1 40 73 36 90 Email: For more information on this press release, contact: Business France UK (The French Trade Commission) Catherine Ryall, Press Officer Email: Tel: + 44(0) 207 024 3613 Website:    
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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