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2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard: Green Growth, Structural Strengths & R&D initiatives key to France’s high attractiveness ranking

Penny Atkinson - 22-oct.-2019 10:21:48
  2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard: Green Growth, Structural Strengths & R&D initiatives key to France’s high attractiveness ranking     As the world’s sixth-largest economy, France reaffirms its position as the leading host country for production investment in Europe and in 2018 became the first host country for R & D activities. The move towards a carbon-free economy and the importance put on Green Growth are key factors in France’s economic resilience.   Business France and the French Treasury Directorate presented the “2019 France Attractiveness Scoreboard” at this week’s “France des Solutions” forum. The Scoreboard judges the attractiveness of France compared to 13 other members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Now in its 10 th edition, the France Attractiveness Scoreboard examines a large amount of economic data & compares the countries’ performances. The scoreboard’s analysis of economic indicators highlights several other factors behind the French economy’s key strengths, include structural factors, business creation & future-proofing initiatives. French government resolve to boost industry Bruno Lemaire, Minister for the Economy and Finance, notes, “ our country is improving on many of the main attractiveness factors, as seen from its progress in various international rankings. We have seen improvements in innovation, cost competitiveness and corporate finance. France has been the leading European country for hosting industrial projects for over 15 years. This reflects the government’s determination to strengthen French industry; on top of businesses benefitting from the tax incentive for investments in robotization and digital transformation, the creation of 124 industrial regions and the ongoing simplification of administrative procedures , we have begun to develop a Pact for Full Employment . This pact aims to significantly increase the share of industry in our economy .” Key structural strengths preparing economic activity for the future France has excellent worldwide travel connections. The country benefits from high-quality airport infrastructures , with Paris Charles de Gaulle ranked 2 nd for cargo transport (after Frankfurt), and 2 nd for passenger numbers (after London Heathrow). Their rail freight transport is also extensive: ranked 3 rd among selected European countries, after Germany and Poland. The rail network will see further improvements thanks to the 10-year plan to overhaul the network (Rail Reform Act of June 28, 2018). Businesses in France enjoy a high-quality telecommunications infrastructure, with the highest fixed broadband penetration rate among the countries and one of the highest wireless rates (ranked 2 nd ). Launched in February 2013, the High-Speed Broadband France Plan aims to cover the entire country by 2022. The country is also modernising, with the digitalisation of public services. According to the United Nations E-Government Survey 2018 France is ranked 2 nd in the world for online services, and 9 th for e-government (4 th in this scoreboard’s sample). The digitalisation of public services is an ongoing economic matter, as seen with the implementation of a PAYE income tax system on 1 st January 2019. Increase in new business creation, with a focus on industry The start-up enterprise rate across the whole French economy has consistently stayed above 9% since 2008, putting France in 3 rd position after the UK and Poland. In manufacturing, this rate was 7.3%, with the rate having remained above 7% since 2009. This contradicts the negative growth experienced by German industry since 2013. In 2018, France’s manufacturing industry had the lowest increase in labour unit costs amongst the selected countries (+0.1%). In comparison, labour unit costs in the manufacturing industry increased by +2.3% among the EU-28. R&D at the forefront of Government initiatives France has the world’s most beneficial tax treatment for businesses research and development expenditure. The country’s cost competitiveness in R&D activities has strengthened since 2008. The cost of employing a researcher in France has decreased by 28% thanks to the research tax credit and accompanying grants. R&D expenditure in France rose by 1.8% in 2018, the highest increase in recent years. “ The action plans implemented by the government to strengthen the country’s structural key strengths and the choice, in the field of research and industry, to maintain the research tax credit or to win the industrialization race with the competitiveness and employment tax credit (CICE), along with the recent announcements from the National Council for Industry, have all helped to improve our ranking for a number of different fundamental criteria, ultimately making France more attractive ,” said Christophe Lecourtier, CEO of Business France. Aiming for a carbon-free economy Several government initiatives have been led in recent years, including the Climate Plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, or the 2015 Paris Agreement for an evolution towards sustainable development : Green growth boosts economic and job opportunities, notably in green energy. According to EurObserv’ER, France was Europe’s 3 rd largest employer in the renewable energy sector in 2017 , with 140,700 jobs (0.5% of its working population). “ The importance placed by the government on the low-carbon economy and technological innovation through events such as Make our Planet Great Again, the One Planet Summit and Tech for Good, which recently brought together 80 CEOs of major businesses from the global digital ecosystem to find innovative ways to protect the environment, indicates the way forward for the many startups that form part of our innovative economy ,” concludes Pascal Cagni, Chairman of Business France and Ambassador for International Investment. Electricity rates are especially attractive for companies operating in France. They are among the most competitive in Europe due to careful management of electricity generation and the national grid. Electricity rates in France are stable, with a 0.3% rate change for 70,000 to 150,000 MWh, versus 0.9% in Germany and Ireland, 1% in Italy.  

Optimise user experiences on your mobile app: ip-label showcases its mobile APM tool on the French Pavilion at Mobile World Congress 2016

Alice Faure - 09-févr.-2016 11:28:22
 i p -label is a frontrunner in the application performance management (APM) market. The Mobile APM offer from ip-label lets customers measure and optimise user experience throughout the mobile application’s lifecycle. This French software vendor will showcase its new service on the French Pavilion (stand 5B41) at MWC 2016 in Barcelona on 22-25 February 2016.   Assess the experience of each and every user ip-label’s new mobile APM tool is the only one of its kind on the market because of its dual approach: it tests how well mobile apps are operating with real users as well as on batteries of test-calibrated devices By combining active monitoring (robots running 24/7) and real-user monitoring (RUM), the mobile APM comprehensively tests all apps running on Android and Apple devices, providing:   evaluation of user experience thanks to our Mobile Index; 24/7 monitoring of operations; e-mails or SMS alerts when incidents arise; details on errors and crashes encountered on any device, OS, OS version, and third-party service.       ip-label has already exhibited at a number of high-profile international trade shows such as Connected Cars 2015 in London, where it presented a successful conference session on issues related to the performance of connected car services. It is looking forward to sharing its experience in optimising the performance of mobile apps at MWC 2016. Stop by the French Pavilion (stand 5B41) any time between 22 and 25 February to meet ip‑label and watch a demo of the new mobile APM at its stand next to Systematic Paris Region and French Tech in Hall 5.   “Quality of experience is nothing less than essential. A negative user experience can hurt your mobile app (uninstall, abandon, etc.), your brand image, and your business, too (star ratings and comments by app store users). Our mobile APM tool was designed to audit and improve what really matters to user experience.”   – Christophe Depeux, Managing Director, ip-label.       About ip-label ip-label has been a leader in the APM market since 2001. Its solutions measure the quality of user experiences for all digital services (including web, business, mobile, voice and telephone applications). More than 1000 customers the world over rely on ip-label to audit and optimise the availability and performance of crucial applications. Its local teams, plus a network of certified partners, provide assistance and expertise to accompany customers in their digital transformation. ip-label’s clients include: Allianz, AXA, Air France,  EDF, European Parlement, HSBC, Orange, Nordea, Pernod Ricard, Metro Paris (TER/STIF), Swisscom, Mobistar, Total,  voyages-sncf and Vueling.                                                                                  For further information on ip-label, contact:                                                                                Dan Jayes Marketing Manager djayes@ip-label.com   Tel: +33 (0)1 77 49 53 15 Web: www.ip-label.com   https://youtu.be/L6XsXaMW-wM     For further information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications & Marketing Adviser Business France fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613   View other press releases at: www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/        

France is the second largest exporter of equipment and services for the oil and gas sector, with no production taking place on its territory

Fran Lambert - 18-janv.-2016 18:27:39
’France does not have significant oil and gas resources,’ says Agnès Hagyak, Project Manager for Oil and Gas at the head office for French export-support agency Business France, in a recent interview with Business France Radio. Despite this lack of resources, French companies have managed to do well in this industry, both in the upstream (exploration, production) and downstream (refining) sectors. In fact, France is the second largest exporter in the world. The French industry relies on major companies like Total, NG (natural gas) and Technip, as well as on more than 500 small and medium-sized companies, covering many important services within this industry such as water treatment, telecommunications, software and security equipment. These companies’ goals are now to find more oil and gas clients around the world, find the right areas with viable potential, and offer technologies adapted to new environmental and production-related requirements. Among these targets are the countries of the Gulf. ’In this part of the world, we have both upstream and downstream sectors,’ explains Agnès Hagyak. ’There are many things to do there.’  According to Agnès Hagyak, the International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) to be held in Abu Dhabi on 7-10 November 2016, is ’a very good opportunity to find potential partners and direct clients. This show is also a way for the French to promote their services directly to customers. They must play their cards well abroad.’ Click here   to visit the official ADIPEC website. Click here  to see the companies exhibiting at ADIPEC. Click here  to see the oil and gas companies listed on youbuyfrance.com.

French Tech out in force at Mobile World Congress 2016 and 4YFN

Fran Lambert - 18-déc.-2015 11:32:26
For the tenth year running, Business France, the national agency promoting internationalisation of the French economy, will be organising the French Tech pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona – the unmissable global event for mobile telecommunications, services and content – on 22-25 February 2016. The French Tech pavilion will play host to over 130 innovative SMEs and start-ups. Exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion will include a number of partner regions such as Brittany, Ile-de-France, Midi-Pyrénées and Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’Azur, as well as the innovation clusters Systematic Paris Région (Ile-de-France) and Solutions Communicantes Sécurisées (Provence). The French Tech pavilion will be the biggest national pavilion at MWC 2016, covering an area of 615 m2. It will be spread across four blocks in Hall 5 (5B21, 5B41, 5B61 and 5B71) and two blocks in Hall 8.1 (8.1D41 and 8.1E49), dubbed “App Planet”. The companies exhibiting on the French Tech pavilion specialise in a variety of telecoms-related areas: mobile applications, infrastructure, mobile advertising and marketing, mobile games and accessories, engineering services and financial services. Business France’s offices in Germany, Brazil, China, Spain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the UK, Russia, Singapore and the ASEAN Economic Community are involved in organising the French Tech pavilion by arranging B2B meetings between exhibiting French companies and major foreign groups such as ZTE, Huawei, Bharti Airtel, Samsung, Telefónica and Vodafone Spain. 2016 marks the first time that Business France will have hosted a 120 m2 French Tech pavilion at 4 Years From Now (4YFN), running alongside the MWC on 22-24 February 2016 in Montjuic in the historic centre of Barcelona. The goal is to give French start-ups the opportunity to pitch to VCs and media hailing from more than a hundred countries. A personality from the digital sector will attend MWC to support the excellence of French innovation in the French Tech pavilion. Numerous innovations will be exhibited on the French Pavilion at MWC, including the following: Giroptic produces a camera that makes 360° photos and videos. The device comes with three fisheye lenses and is capable of capturing photos at 8 megapixels and full HD videos, which it then stitches together using an al gorithm to offer 360° photos and video. The 360cam can be fitted to a standard tripod, or used underwater or used in place of a bulb as a surveillance device (thanks to two additional fittings). The files can then be recovered via a USB connection or even live-streamed over WiFi. The company holds the French record for raising the most funds via Kickstarter, having raised over €1.4 million. Ledger is a French start-up that combines its co-founders’ solid expertise in security, chip cards, cryptography and embedded hardware. The launch of Ledger Nano in over 50 countries has established Ledger as a benchmark in the international bitcoin ecosystem. With offices and a showroom in “Silicon Sentier” in Paris, a production centre in Vierzon, France and a new subsidiary in San Francisco, the young company has just completed its first round of funding and is developing its product range with the aim of making Blockchain technology secure and easily accessible to all. Wassa is an innovative company specialising in the web and mobility. It designs and develops optimised digital solutions. Drawing on its technical expertise, the company is highly differentiated thanks to its integration of innovative functionality based on research in the field of computer vision. Furthermore, the company was selected by a judging panel to participate in Business France’s accelerator programme, Acceleratech China, which ran from 16-18 November 2015. RED Technologies is a telecommunications engineering company that develops and markets innovative solutions for managing the radio-electric spectrum based on radio environment mapping. Its patented solutions are aimed at government agencies, telecoms manufacturers and mobile telephony operators. Using its geolocation databases, the company offers technology that can help free up hundreds of megahertz of radio spectrum to cater for the global explosion in mobile internet traffic. Its solutions support the emergence of the Licenced Shared Access (LSA) regime, currently under development, dynamic and unlicenced access to white spaces and radio environment maps. A full list of French exhibitors on the French Tech pavilion at MWC can be found at:  http://mwc.businessfrance.fr For more information on MWC, visit:  www.mobileworldcongress.com About Business France Business France is the national agency that promotes the internationalisation of the French economy. It is responsible for fostering international expansion and export growth among French companies, as well as seeking out and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes the attractiveness and economic image of France, its companies and its regions. It manages and develops the V.I.E. International Company Volunteering scheme. Established on 1 January 2015, Business France was formed by merging Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency. Business France has 1,500 employees in France and 70 other countries. It is supported by a network of public and private sector partners. For more information on Business France, visit www.businessfrance.fr  or contact: Fayssal Majid, Project Manager Digital Technologies department, Business France Email: fayssal.majid@businessfrance.fr For more information on this press release, contact: Fran Lambert, Communications and Marketing Adviser Business France (The French Trade Commission in the UK) Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 3613 Email: fran.lambert@businessfrance.fr View other press releases at:  www.youbuyfrance.com/uk/
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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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