A recent study conducted by Ernst and Young ranked France above all other G20 countries in terms of how its education and training systems contribute to business. Furthermore, the study revealed that only five administrative steps were required to start a business in France and that it took an average of just seven days to register a new company, compared to the G20 average of 20 days.
The French government promotes automation and making use of technology to simplify administration. Indeed, submitting a tax return in France takes just minutes, using a free system, designed and implemented by the government. With a booming tourism industry, highly sophisticated transport and logistical infrastructure, and a skilled and qualified workforce, France stands as one of the most attractive countries for business in all of Europe.
With regards to prime office space areas, the country’s capital, Paris
, is the obvious forerunner. Paris’ geographic location, the Eurostar links to the UK and other major European cities, and its highly developed communication and transport infrastructure make it a prized location for companies across numerous sectors. The concept of office sharing is still relatively new in Paris, with most companies preferring private space.
is the preferred area for companies who do not want or need the status that comes with being based in central Paris. While the area comprises some of the most sought-after real estate in the country, one need travel only a little further west to find more affordable office space that still offers the centrality of a La Défense office. Serviced office spaces can be had for as little as €500 – €800 per person, per month. Considerably more affordable than equivalent spaces in the heart of the capital.