As the Government export agency, UKTI provides expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas. With 2,300 staff and a presence in 96 countries, UKTI can assist firms at every step of their export journey. Whatever stage of development a business is at, UKTI can give British companies the support that they need to expand and prosper outside the home market.
With a population of 65 million, France offers numerous opportunities on the doorstep. It is the 4th largest export market for the UK with some £32 billion worth of exports per year. The market is open and similar to that of the UK in terms of legislation, technology, demand and size.
France is home to some of the world’s leading luxury houses and department stores as well as many successful fashion multiples and boutiques. New opportunities for UK companies exist not only in designer and mainstream fashion, but also in components and services throughout the supply chain.
UKTI France helps British fashion companies succeed in the French market in a variety of ways. It can advise companies on the best routes to market for their product or service, carry out tailored market research, identify and introduce them to potential business partners and facilitate meetings. The prestigious facilities offered by the British Embassy in central Paris offer a magnificent backdrop against which to hold promotional events.
France is also home to some of the biggest international fashion trade and designer fairs, such as Who’s Next and Tranoi, and is a key market in which to exhibit for companies operating in the fashion sector. Taking part in a trade fair in Paris is an effective way for companies to test the market, attract customers, appoint agents or distributors and make sales.
Paris is one of the world’s major fashion centres and an obvious choice for British companies looking to internationalise, with its eclectic mix of world-famous department stores, boutiques and concept stores. But Paris isn’t the only answer. The whole of France offers opportunities for British fashion companies and UKTI France can help identify the best destination for your company.