Riding out the financial crisis

There were tentative sighs of relief from the 1,450 exhibitors at the Genoa International Boat Show yesterday as it wrapped up a busy week of business with things in the boating industry seemingly getting better.Read more

Get a new outlook!

Want a new career? Want a new look? Want a new contact? Want inspiration? If you are one of the thousands of expat women living on the Riviera at home or at work and are interested in meeting a diverse and exciting group of people, then the Riviera Woman’s Career and Lifestyle Exhibition on Tuesday 10 November 2009 at the Mercure Hotel in Sophia-Antipolis is an opportunity not to be missed.Read more

Young hit hardest by crisis

Unemployment remains an ever-increasing problem for young people in the Alpes-Maritimes, with the latest figures confirming that the under 25s are fast becoming the greatest victims of the financial crisis. Local job offices and youth centers claim they have never seen so many young people walking through their doors.Read more

FT Business of Luxury Summit sees sunny side to challenging times

The test of any good business is how it performs in challenging times, and that applies to newspapers as much as to industries and banks. So it is not surprising that the world’s leading financial daily, the Financial Times, should put itself at the forefront of analysing the problems and challenges thrown up by the global economic crisis. The fifth FT Luxury of Business Summit, held on the 15th and 16th of June in Monte Carlo, brought together more than 350 business leaders and financiers for “what is now recognised as the premier thought-leadership forum in the luxury sector,” according to the paper.
The guest of honour for the Summit, HSH Prince Albert II, emphasised the duty of business and finance to take part in extremely salutary changes in our societies, to confront challenges that know no borders, and to change our relationship with nature. In particular, said the Prince, it is necessary to find alternative methods of production and to take a long-term view. Host for the event was John Ridding, the FT’s CEO.Read more

Smaller cars becoming buyers favourites

The car has always been the sigh of social status, yet the trend is changing. Nationally, the French are buying less and less large cars, 4x4s and 'gas-guzzlers'. The Côte d'Azur is no different.Read more

Boss Laurent Monsaingeon is steering a steady course to build Riviera business

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You need a strong leader to manage, develop and juggle the needs of the four busy Riviera harbours, owned by the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie Nice Côte d'Azur (CCI).Read more

When hard times mean great profits

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The credit crisis may be the end of the line for some outfits, but one resourceful businessman is hoping that cash-strapped consumers may decide to take the ‘easy’ way outRead more

MIPIM 2009: the year for the serious players

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In the current economic environment, you may think that it's not the best time to hold a real estate summit. However, with 18,000 industry professionals from over 80 countries attending, this year's MIPIM, held in Cannes, once again proved a huge success. The event showed that when it comes to long-term investment, real estate is one of the safest options out there.Read more

CERAM President right on track

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For a year now Alice Guilhon has been in her position as head of the CERAM business school in Sophia Antipolis. With seeming effortlessness Alice Guilhon has already achieved goals that were scheduled to be completed far into the future. In an interview with The Riviera Times the 40 year-old business expert takes stock of things.
Hidden away in the quiet forest of the Sophia Antipolis Technology Park, a small business school has become a world renowned institution. The university, which has the standing of a Grande Ecole, takes a practical approach of collaborating with multinational businesses such as Microsoft, IBM and Pricewaterhouse Coopers to name a few. Around 30 per cent of seminars at the university are held by major players in the world of international management.Read more

CERAM Business School promotes mulitculturalism

The CERAM Business School based in Sophia-Antipolis is truly international. More than 35% of its students come from abroad to study there. The school has 68 different nationalities on campus, 73 partner universities throughout the world and 75% of teaching staff are recognised in their field internationally.Read more