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3 November, 2014 - 14:19 By News Desk

Businesses handed chance of Paris match


Regional businesses are being encouraged to join a meet-the-buyer trade mission to France in December by East of England trade organisations.

Enterprise Europe Network and UK Trade and Investment are organising the three day visit from December 1-3 to Paris where delegates will have the opportunity to meet with buyers from the French public sector.

Mark Hofman, an Enterprise Europe Network trade adviser who is directing the visit, said the trade mission represented a unique opportunity to meet a number of French buyers under one roof.

“Each year the French public sector buys up to €200 billion worth of goods and services; we’re confident that with the help of Enterprise Europe Network and UKTI we can open a few doors with the right people for local businesses,” he said.

“France is the UK’s third largest export market and geographically we couldn’t be very much closer to the world’s fifth largest economy and second largest consumer market in Europe.”

Organisations such as the French ministry for education, defence, health and representatives from government agencies including environment, fire, space, atomic and alternative energy will be amongst twenty French government departments and agencies represented. Delegates will also benefit from an in-country briefing on how to find, bid and win public sector contracts in France from in-market public procurement experts and hear from buyers on what their priorities will be over the next few years.

Dozens of the world’s largest companies are based in France, many of whom are partly owned by the French government and scheduled to be present at the December event.

In 2013, UK exports of goods and services to France totalled £21.5bn. Around 2000 British businesses are already active in France, including HSBC, Barclays, Kingfisher and Unilever, operating in a market of 67 million inhabitants.

• Interested businesses should contact Mark Hofman at Enterprise Europe Network on 01707 398069 or email m.hofman [at]

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