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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.

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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.

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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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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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From CE to UKCA marking: how will it affect your business ?

Brexit brought about substantial changes for companies: reorganisation of supply chains,  rules of origin, new customs regulations, sanitary and phytosanitary controls, etc.One of the most important changes concerns the transition from CE to UKCA marking. Nord France Invest answers your most frequently asked questions on this subject.
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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

A critical EU Reform to E-commerce VAT came into force on the 1st of July 2021. It will directly impact non-EU countries exports to European customers. British businesses exporting to European customers should be aware of it and act as soon as possible to adapt. Read our article and watch the full interview to learn more 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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6 steps to the ideal site

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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5 site selection 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 thriving fashion industry in the United Kingdom has come under severe strain since the new UK/EU free trade agreement has come into force. This industry is a vast, complex and internationally connected web, which strongly contributes to its success and creativity. Therefore, it is also more exposed to restrictions in the movement of people and goods.
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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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Site selection: The cost of failure

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

Exports from the UK to customers in the EU have come under pressure since the UK officially exited the EU’s single market and customs union. This is partly due to new controls and procedures, which lead to transport delays and rising shipping costs. This raises important questions about how companies will adapt to this new situation, and how UK supply chains will restructure.
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After Brexit: how will « rules of origin » impact your business?

You wonder what the concrete impact of Brexit is on businesses? 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 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 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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Trouver le site idéal pour votre future implantation : les do et don’t Strategic article

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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[AFTER BREXIT] Adapting your business model

After more than four years of uncertainty, Brexit is now a reality: the United Kingdom has left the European Union. This signals a paradigm shift for the European economy as a whole, for trade between the UK and the EU, and—above all—for British companies themselves. What are the main risk factors? What are the implications for your business? And what changes can you implement to transform this threat into a business opportunity?
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How to find the ideal location for growing 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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