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France

Partners

Updated 07/2009

Legal requirements

Types of collaboration

Franchise contracts

A franchise contract is an intellectual property rights licence under which the franchiser allows the franchisee to use their trademark, logo, products, know-how and technical assistance.

Partnerships

Partnerships also provide a logo and technical assistance, but differ for example in that there is no systematic transfer of know-how.

Commission-based affiliations

Commission-based affiliations specifically concern the textiles sector. Although they are broadly similar to franchise contracts, stock covered by them remains the property of the franchiser (commissioning party).

Subcontracting

Subcontracting is an operation in which a business owner (at its own risk) entrusts another person or entity (subcontractor) with performing all or part of a contract on its behalf.

Other options for expanding your business are taking over an existing one, merging with another company or opening a branch in another EU country.

Administrative procedures

Finding a partner

Businesses tend to find future partners (colleague, supplier, client, etc.) within their own sector and should therefore:

  • examine their personal networks (conferences, trade unions, chambers of commerce and industry, etc.);
  • make use of their business contacts;
  • carry out more structured research (advisors, specialists, etc.).

Partner assessment

Business owners should:

  • have a confidentiality agreement signed;        
  • not divulge too much information during initial meetings;         
  • present their vision of the future of the industry and the objectives for the partnership;
  • establish simple and specific targets in order to motivate participants.

Resources

The Sémaphore database helps business owners look for financial and technical assistance to which they may be entitled.

Programmes

The many sources of financial assistance for business owners include:

  • the regional fund for advisory assistance (in association with a cooperation project);
  • network initiative programme (regional subsidy allowing at least three SMEs in a network to develop their activities).
Help & advice

Help & advice

E-mail a business organisation near you

The EU runs a network (Enterprise Europe Network) of local business organisations in most European countries that may be able to help you.

Choose your country and town and enter your enquiry below.

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