Expat businesses must beware different social systems

Central Brittany can be a hugely attractive place for Britons to live and set up a new business, but those hoping to do so must be aware of the different social system in operation in the country.


Central Brittany can be a hugely attractive place for Britons to live and set up a new business, but those hoping to do so must be aware of the different social system in operation in the country.

Central Brittany can be a hugely attractive place for Britons to live and set up a new business, but those hoping to do so must be aware of the different social system in operation in the country, says the Association Integration Kreizh Briezh.

More and more Brits are following a growing trend in moving abroad, with France among the top destinations for people looking to live and work away from their homelands. In fact, recent figures from the Institute for Public Policy Research showed that around 200,000 Brits are now living permanently in France.

To meet the growing presence of British nationals among their community, the Association Integration Kreizh Briezh (AIKB) is a new organisation aimed at helping newcomers settle more easily. Although the region has many attractive qualities, office manager Elie Barbeau for AIKB has also warned that those people looking to start a business in the area must take the country’s own systematic differences fully into account before they begin.

‘Central Brittany is very attractive by the quality of life and… the Breton culture,’ says Ms Barbeau. Many expats try to set up their own business and the problem is that they don’t realise that the social charges are completely different to England for example.’

Nantes, Rennes and Brest are Brittany’s largest metropolitan areas, with their combined population now approaching 2 million people.

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