ACCESSING INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

YOUR GATEWAY TO THE

FRENCH MARKET

WHYFRANCE?
With a population of 65 million, France offers numerous opportunities on your doorstep.
n  rance’s strategic location at the F
heart of Western Europeisserved byahighlydevelopedtransportand communicationnetwork.

Sector Opportunities
• • • • • • • • • • • Biotech, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Software and ICT Creative/Media/Design Environment Aerospace Railways Food and Drink Building and Construction Security and Defence Financial Services Education othersectors.Almost anything that sells well in the UK can be sold in France,providedthatthequalityand priceareright.

“UKTrade&Investmentwent wayabovethecallofdutyinthe supporttheygaveusinentering theFrenchmarket”
LizWyn-Davies,ManagingDirectorofDFx

n  heEurostarhasreinforcedthealready T strong air and sea connections.The centresofLondonandParisareonly twohoursandfifteenminutesapart! Thismeansyou can easily visit your customersandorganisemeetingsina daytrip. n  ranceishometoworldleading F companiesinmanyinnovative industriesandisthethirdlargest recipientofforeigndirectinvestment, offeringnew opportunities for UK companies in procurement and subsupply. Numerous“pôlesd’excellence” (industrialclusters)testifytothe attractivenessofFranceasabusiness location.

HOW WE CAN HELP
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) provides expert trade advice and practical support to UKbased companies wishing to grow their business overseas. With 2,400 staff and a presence in 96 countries, UKTI can assist you on every step of the exporting journey. Whatever stage of development your business is at, we can give you the support that you need to expand and prosper. Through a range of unique services, including participation in selected trade fairs, outward missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, we can help you crack foreign markets and get to grips quickly with overseas regulations and business practice.

n  herearealsonichemarketsinall T

Franceisthe4thlargest exportmarketfortheUK

FindoutmoreaboutbusinessopportunitiesinFrance:
UKTI France
Tel:+33(0)144513400 Email:commercial.enquiries@fco.gov.uk

www.ukti.gov.uk

OverseasMarketIntroductionService
WHY USE OUR SERVICES?
UKTrade&Investment’sOverseasMarket IntroductionService is a flexible business tool enablingdirectcommunication betweenyouandourcommercial teams.Itopensthedoortoawealthof practicalsupport,adviceandkeymarket information.Itguidesyouthroughthe processofbreaking into a new overseas market,providingallthehelpyouneed ateverystage,frominitialresearchto makingyourfirstmarketvisit. Attheheartoftheservice’ssuccess istheuniquevalueofourUKTrade& InvestmentstaffinourEmbassies,local language skills, local market knowledge andextensivepoliticalandcommercial contacts. n re-Market Support –tailoredmarket P research;businesspartneridentification; one-to-onepartnering;dooropening; next-stepadvice.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Becausecompanieshaveindividual requirementstherearenumerouslevels ofserviceofferedbyUKTI.The levels vary in price depending on the amount of assistance required (upto£10,000).Tell uswhatyouwantandwewilldoourbest tohelpyou–our services are tailored to your specific requirements.

NEXT STEPS, CONTACT US
UKTI France-Tel:+33(0)144513400
Email:commercial.enquiries@fco.gov.uk Pleasealsovisitwww.ukti.gov.ukto findoutmoreaboutourservicesviathe “Howwecanhelp”pageandtocontact your local International Trade Adviser – your “ITA”

“TheskillsanddedicationoftheUKTrade&Investment  staffmadeallthedifferencetoourefforts”
RichardTigwell,MarketingDirector,NottsSport 

SUCCESS STORY - Notts Sport
Notts Sport has been distributing its children’s play range in France through a Paris-based distributor for the last five years. But its existing distributor was unable to provide effective additional distribution outside the Ile de France region.

“Whenweinviteddistributors totheEmbassy,theywere incrediblyimpressed”  
RichardTigwell,MarketingDirector,NottsSport

“Our first step was to carry out basic research via UKTI to understand the potential market for our product across France, find out who were our competitors and compile a list of potential distributors”, says Richard Tigwell, Marketing Director at Notts Sport. UKTI was on hand to promote the company so that it would attract interest from the right type of distributor. To add a touch of class, the first round of interviews was held at the British Embassy in Paris. “When we invited distributors to interview at the Embassy, they were incredibly impressed”, says Richard Tigwell. “The respect they had for us went up several notches, as they began to see us as substantial players with government backing. Some even went as far as to admit that they may not have come to meet us if it was just in a hotel. This level of support isn’t something companies would think is available, but it’s an invaluable way to attract attention and win credibility.”

P n n-Market Support – prestigiousEmbassy n roduct Launches – conceptdevelopment; I delegateidentification;eventsatthe andResidencefacilities;networking Embassyand/orResidence;PR&Marketing support;contactgeneration;accompanied services. meetings. n ission Support – arrangingvisit M programmesandindividualmeetings; organisationofnetworkingreceptions; logisticsadvice;briefingand debriefingsessions. n ther Services – organisationofseminars, O presentationsandeventsuponrequest; MarketOpportunitiesinformationplaced ontheUKTrade&Investmentwebsite:

www.ukti.gov.uk

EVENTS
A UNIQUE VENUE
AnyBritishbusinessorFrenchbranchofaBritishbusinesslooking to hold an event withthe objectiveof improving business performancethroughexportactivityiswelcometoholdan eventattheBritishEmbassy,subjecttoagreementtoourTerms&Conditions. n heBritishEmbassy T inParisisawellequipped,unique location inwhich tohost a range of eventsincluding seminarsand cocktails.

TRADEFAIRS
With 244 trade fairs held annually, France is one of the major hosts of international exhibitions in Europe
ParisandCannesarethemainplatforms, thoughthereareanumberofkeyshows heldinregionalcities,notablyLyon,Lilleand Bordeaux. Inaddition,theTradeFairsteamoffers assistance to UKTI supported exhibitors, helpingcompaniestobreakintotheFrench market. Wehaveidentifiedthefollowingareaswhere supportcouldbeoffered: n egotiate stand space and conference N rooms onbehalfofUKcompanies/UKTI regionalteams n elpUKcompaniesto select the H appropriate French trade fairs fortheir products/services n elpUKcompanieswishingtoexhibitto H get through the selection committee n orkwithotherUKTIteamsinternationally W toidentify key contacts for UK companies and set up meetings n iaise with fair organiserstoidentify L missionscomingfromothercountriesand facilitatingnetworkingevents n rganise clinic sessions forUKexhibitors O withvisitingCommercialOfficers

n he 165m2 terraceiscoveredbyamarquee T fromMaytoOctoberandtheterracecan accommodateupto250peopleforacocktail event. n he Embassy Foyer canbehiredforevening T eventsofupto120peopleorcanbehiredin conjunctionwiththeConferenceRoomfor welcomeorpost-meetingrefreshments. n he conference roomcanseatup T to80.Theroomisequippedwith:  -Overheadprojectorandscreen  -Microphonesandspeakers  -Simultaneoustranslationbooth

Events Manager

Tel:+33(0)144513285 Email:paris.events.@fco.gov.uk

Trade Fairs Officer

Tel:+33(0)144513276 Email:commercial.enquiries@fco.gov.uk

ACCESSING INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

UK TRADE & INVESTMENT British Embassy 35 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré 75008 Paris Tel: +33 (0)1 44 51 34 00 Email: commercial.enquiries@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk
To enter the Embassy you must have a pre-arranged appointment and photographic ID. Electrical items may need to be left at Reception. Metro: Concorde: line 1, 8, 12, Madeleine: line 8, 12, 14 www.ratp.fr Public underground parking is available at Place de la Madeleine and Place de la Concorde www.vincipark.com No parking is available at the British Embassy.

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