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We regularly publish content on setting up your business in France. On this page you’ll find white papers, practical guides, in-depth articles, expert insights and infographics, all designed to deliver the information you—for France, and, more specifically, Hauts-de-France. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Strategic advice

We regularly publish content on setting up your business in France. On this page you’ll find white papers, practical guides, in-depth articles, expert insights and infographics, all designed to deliver the information you—for France, and, more specifically, Hauts-de-France. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you don’t miss anything.

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New challenges for the UK automotive industry

New challenges are emerging for UK car manufacturers: Brexit, Covid-19 or even the electric vehicle revolution. Discover the answers to your questions.
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Why is there a labour shortage right now?

Nord France Invest answers your most commonly asked questions considering the current labour shortages Europe is facing and how it can affect your investments
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What impact does Brexit have on your business model? Strategic article

[AFTER BREXIT] Start or adapt your business in France

The end of free movement between the UK and the EU raises several questions, especially for British companies. What are the main risk factors? What are the implications for your business? And what changes can you implement to turn it into a business opportunity?
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Triple Shock: How it will affect UK companies

How will UK companies face the triple shock of Brexit, Covid-19 and other external factors such as the green transition? Discover an in-depth analysis.
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Why choose Hauts-de-France to set up your agri-food business?

Logistics capacity, transportation infrastructure, availability and quality of labor, sites suitable for agri-food projects. Discover all the advantages of the Hauts-de-France region for your development project in the food industry.
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What is a joint venture? Definition, advantages, features

When and why to opt for a joint venture? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this form of collaboration?You will find all the answers to your questions about the joint venture here.
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How to value a business? Methods, Steps and Advise

Why and how to value a company? What are the criteria to be taken into account, and by which calculations to estimate the value of a company?Discover the answers to these questions in this article!
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Short Straits Users Forum: helping UK companies continue to access European markets

Discuss the issues you are facing and find out what solutions you can consider. Nord France Invest tells you how this can help you.
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M&A process: fundamental steps explained

Discover in this article the 3 main steps of a merger and acquisition project, as well as practical advice to prepare the post-acquisition period.
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Leveraged buy out: what is it and how does it works?

How does a leveraged buyout (LBO) work, what are its advantages and disadvantages? Find out more in this article!
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Everything you need to know about taking over a company

Discover in this article everything about companies takeover under the specific legal regime of collective procedures.
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External growth: definition, strategies & advise

Find out everything you need to know about external growth: definition, mechanisms, and different strategies related to this type of growth
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Everything you need to know about Absorption Merger

What is absorption merger? How does it work and what are its advantages? All the answers to your questions are in this article!
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Merger and Acqusitions: Definition, Strategies & Stakes

The purpose of this guide will be to discuss the different forms of mergers and acquisitions, the strategies behind them, as well as the successive stages in their implementation.
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Finding the right region for your new business venture: Why it pays to be methodical

Planning to set up a new venture in Europe? Before you start looking for the ideal site, you need a shortlist of the most promising region(s)—but what’s the best way to develop it? What criteria should you consider? Get advice from our experts and download our qualitative decision matrix.
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How can you optimize your logistics in the agrifood industry?

Logistics are a central criterion in deciding how to set up your agrifood project, and they can be optimized in different ways. You can internalize or outsource your logistics or opt for a hybrid model. Whatever your choice may be, the Hauts-de-France Region has suitable solutions.
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How the agrifood industry in France has coped with the Covid crisis

As a strategic sector during the crisis, the agrifood industry was strongly mobilized to respond to the issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The “Made in France” label, a competitive advantage for your agrifood project

Popular with French consumers and also associated with an image of quality on the international market, the "made in France” label is very advantageous for companies that want to develop in France or take advantage of its export benefits.
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5 good reasons to expand in the French agrifood market

Is France the right choice for your agrifood development project? Favored by its geographical location at the crossroads of European markets, its dense and dynamic agri-food ecosystem, and its internationally recognized "made in France" label, France has many advantages, especially since recent efforts to reduce taxes and simplify procedures have made it even more attractive.
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5 Agrifood Trends to Watch

The popularity of organic food products, the importance of "made in France” labels, the focus on nutritional qualities, the growth of CSR, and the rise of the vegan and vegetarian markets: See how new market expectations are shaping the agrifood industry of tomorrow.
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15 key points about the transition from CE to UKCA marking

Amongst the substantial changes that Brexit implies, the one that causes the most concern is the transition from CE to UKCA marking. Nord France Invest answers your most frequently asked questions on this topic.
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VAT alert: new EU rules from 1st July 2021 – are you ready?

The European Union launched a very important reform of VAT rules that apply to B to C e-commerce, which will come into force on 1st July 2021. Few people have heard of this reform, but its impact will be extremely wide-ranging on retailers and e-commerce, and even more so for British companies selling to EU clients, since they are now outside the Single European Market.
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[INTERVIEW] Exploring the new EU VAT rules in a post-Brexit market

The EU VAT reform to e-commerce will directly impact non-EU countries exports to European customers. As such, UK companies need to adapt as soon as possible. Check out our article featuring a short video on the topic !
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How to find the ideal food production site

There are several specific consideration when choosing an agri-food production site. Factoring in logistics is a lot more important than other sectors. To make the right decision, you need to list your criteria and proceed methodically.
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Why is this the right time to invest in agrifood?

The agrifood industry is an economic powerhouse growing strongly thanks to strong demand. At the meeting point between future food and environmental challenges, the agrifood industry currently offers remarkable investment opportunities.
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5 advantages of the Hauts-de-France region

Do you want to invest in France? Discover 5 key factors to help your business benefit from a location in the Hauts-de-France region.
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The 5 key steps to set up a company in France

French administrative procedures can seem daunting to foreign investors. But did you know that it takes just 5 steps to set up a business in France, compared to an average 7 worldwide? Read on to learn everything you need to know.
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Setting up a company: 7 appealing aspects of the French market

Could France be the right place to set up your business? Read our article on seven good reasons you should set up your business in France.
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5 good reasons to download our location specifications

The specification is key to the success of your development project. It allows you to set out your in-house vision and share it with local partners.  To save you precious time and ensure you don’t overlook anything, our teams have created the first ever location specification template, based on our experience in project support.
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Site selection process: 6 steps to find the right business location

Ready to grow your business internationally? Your site selection process can make or break your new venture. To get it right, learn from the pros. These 5 (+1) steps will guide you to the ideal site—and lay the groundwork for long-term success.
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Setting up a business abroad : 5 common mistakes and how to avoid them

Want to grow your business successfully on international markets? Learn about these 5 common site selection mistakes and how to avoid them.
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The impact of Brexit on Fashion industry : The battle of cost

The once thriving British fashion industry is heavily internationally-oriented. As such, it has been deeply affected by the latest restrictions caused by the new UK/EU free trade agreement.
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5 tips for drafting sound site selection specifications

Site selection specifications are critical to the success of your international business development project. By documenting your needs in detail, you’ll save precious time as you work with your local partners to find your ideal site. Follow these 5 tips for effective, well-crafted specifications.
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Your site selection study: 28 qualitative criteria for success

To find the best site for your new business venture, don’t limit your analysis to financial data. As you evaluate potential destinations, be sure to include qualitative criteria. In this article, we’ll discuss 28 factors that can make your project a success.
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What are the risks of choosing the wrong business location?

Choosing the right location for your international business development project can make the difference between success and failure. What happens when your site selection process goes wrong? More importantly—how do you get it right? In this article, we’ll help you identify the risks that can undermine your project.
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Logistics : The direct impact of Brexit on businesses

Since the UK left the EU, new controls and procedures have made exports more difficult by causing transport delays and rising shipping costs. This will require from UK companies to adapt and rethink their supply chain.
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After Brexit: how will « rules of origin » impact your business?

You witness the economic effects of Brexit, and wonder how it can affect your business? Can your company work in Europe after Brexit? Most of the answers to these questions probably lie in the cryptic expression, "rules of origin."
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[TEMPLATE] How business location specifications can make or break your new venture

If you’re searching for the ideal site to begin—or continue—growing your business internationally, you need specifications. Done right, they’ll document your needs, sketch the broad outlines of your project and save you valuable time.
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Finding the ideal location for growing your business: Dos and don’ts

Many companies try to expand into international markets but fail when they choose the wrong location. After helping hundreds of companies set up new ventures, we’ve distilled our experience into a list of dos and don’ts that can make your project a success.
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How to choose the right location for your business

Finding the ideal site is critical to growing your business in France and on other international markets.You can avoid disappointment by identifying risk factors very early in your selection process. In this article, we’ll show you how to find your ideal site in 3 steps.
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Electric vehicles: Why the French market is the place for you

While the French auto industry has been hit by the Covid-19 crisis, the electric vehicle (EV) segment is thriving. Electric cars accounted for nearly 18% of new-car registrations in the first seven months of 2020. Is France the new Promised Land for electric vehicles? And what can the French market offer you?
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Socio-economic impact of the customer relations sector in Hauts-de-France

Yann Pitollet and Olivier Charras discuss the impact of the Customer Relationship sector in Hauts-de-France—France's leading region for customer contact centers.

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Diversification—a strategic solution in time of crisis?

The Covid-19 crisis has hit businesses hard. Today leaders must do what it takes to secure the long-term future of their company. Is diversification one way forward?
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When distance is dangerous: 3 pitfalls of offshoring

Sourcing, economic difficulties of suppliers, slowdown of transport... Geographical distance is today a crucial point in the development of a company. Facing the new stakes of the sanitary crisis, rely on proximity and relocation!
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How flexible is labor law in France?

Caroline Barbe, Labour and Employment lawyer at Solucial, answers the questions put by all new employers in France. Download her strategic advice.
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[THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY] 8 myths debunked: why it makes sense to invest in France

“French labour costs are too high.” “The French don't work enough.” “High taxes are a killer for companies based in France.” Discover in 8 key points what prevents you from taking advantage of France's potential to develop your business.
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[True/False] The real story on productivity in Europe

How much do you know about productivity in Europe—from GDP to time off to hours worked? Take our quiz. The results might surprise you.
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