Cannes Entrepreneurship Summit 2020

Women in Tech Sud, Cécile Dartanian (left), Sophie Benyamin (middle), and Elodie Sarfati (right)Bringing together four leading events in the Côte d'Azur startup ecosystem (BA06Get In The RingWomen in Tech, and the Cannes DDA is up). This was the wager of the first CES (Cannes Entrepreneurship Summit) organisers for this autumn under Covid-19. This gamble was taken up last Thursday and Friday with a first day at the Cannes International Campus and a second, between work and leisure, in the Saint-Marguerite Island's idyllic setting. Read more

Crowdfunding, a financing tool at the disposal of entrepreneurs

CrowdfundingLast year, the local press reported on a participatory financing operation carried out by the Grasse-based company ECCITY MOTOCYCLES to finance the launch of a 3-wheeled electric scooter in category 125 and strengthen its commercial structure. This small company with 12 employees managed to raise €455,000.Read more

Take positive action for your financial wellbeing

Blevins Franks Financial Wealth ManagementThese have been challenging times, but hopefully, as the restrictions are lifted we can enjoy more freedoms and adjust to the ‘new normal’.  Many people may still be at home more than usual though and this is a good opportunity to tend to your financial wellbeing. With the Brexit clock still ticking, expatriates, in particular, can benefit from using this time to fine-tune their tax, pensions and estate planning. Here are some key considerations.Read more

French Riviera tourism: A post-pandemic crisis

France’s confinement ends on 11 May, but that doesn’t mean a return to normality. Restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels and performing arts centres still have no clear date of reopening. It is the tourism sector (worldwide) that will be hit the hardest out of this crisis and there is a spreading concern for the future of our local businesses. We list what has been cancelled and what has been postponed and a promising plan from the city of Cannes.Read more

UK pension options before Brexit deadline

Blevins Franks OfficeBrexit took place on 31 January, however, there is a grace period for the remainder of 2020 before the rules come into effect. That means there is still time to plan for what to do with your UK pension if you are residing in France. Blevins Franks offers Riviera Insider readers a few options to consider. Read more

Business Person of the Year Awards 2019

RBC Business Person of the Year award Each year, in association with the Nice Côte d'Azur Chamber of Commerce (CCI), the Riviera Business Club hosts an award for best businessperson of the year and best start-up of the year. Winners are chosen by a panel of judges who thoroughly examine the stability, growth and potential of businesses nominated by the public. Read more

Get in the Ring Sophia: The international pitch competition

Get in the Ring 2018 c. BA06Get in the Ring (GITR) is a global pitch challenge for the best new start-up. Part of Sophia Antipolis' 50th-anniversary celebrations, Riviera Press’ START Magazine and BA06 Accelerator are co-organizing the 5th French final of 'Get in the Ring' on 24 October 2019. 

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Cannes Lions: The epicentre of creativity

Cannes Lions 2019From 17 - 21 June, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity brought together the most creative and innovative minds in the world for five days of knowledge sharing, inspiration and networking, turning downtown Cannes into a melting pot of insights and ideas.Read more

How Sophia Antipolis is becoming a hub for tomorrow’s automotive industry

From the modern giants of Google and Tesla to the well-established powerhouse brands like Mercedes, Volkswagen and Audi, it seems as though every car company around today wants in on automation. The smart or self-driving vehicle is no longer a sci-fi concept, but a reality, with tests ongoing throughout Europe and the wider world.Read more

Tax on foreign & offshore assets: advice from the British Embassy in Paris

As part of the British government’s Requirement to Correct legislation, UK taxpayers abroad are being urged to ensure that all their foreign income and assets, where there might be tax to pay, have been declared to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) before the end of September. Failure to do so properly may incur new and ‘substantially higher penalties’ from 1st October, when HMRC introduces tougher fines.Read more