Setting up a business in France

Starting a new or subsidiary business in France involves a number of steps, which are important to understand from both a technical and cultural standpoint.

The choice of legal structure for your company will impact on your liability and taxation in France. Broadly speaking, if you are alone your options are an Entreprise individuelle EI (sole trader which includes the micro entreprise and auto entrepreneur) or an Entreprise Unipersonnelle à Responsabilité Limitée – EURL(private limited company). If you have several associates you may choose between a Société à Responsabilité Limitée – SARL (Limited liability company) or a Société Anonyme  SA (Business Corporation).

NetworkIrlande can put you in contact with the professionals and experts to advise and help you make the best choices thus optimising the time and expense necessary for the successful implementation of your business. Our Network has members operating in the many fields of activity including legal, fiscal, accounting and human resources.

Business in France is characterised by the importance of having the right personal contacts, and professional networks play a significant role in professional life. Apart from the natural drawbacks of cultural and language differences, foreigners are often at a disadvantage when it comes to the limited extent of their contacts. NetworkIrlande can help you benefit from its contacts, and introduce you to networks relevant to your needs.

Through a variety of its own business and social events, or those held jointly with other professional organisations, NetworkIrlande provides excellent networking and personal development opportunities for members and guests. These include business interests that may be local, national, with Ireland or with other European Union countries