Sunday 28 March 2010

Making and Saving money for SMEs -RBC April

Gilly has just sent us information about the next meeting of the Riviera Business Club - RBS, south of France.The Riviera Business Club is the new name for the BCC Riviera, a non-profit organisation whose objective is to stimulate networking and facilitate contact between people looking for and promoting English-speaking businesses and services on the Cote d'Azur. We are an international association, connecting with almost 1000 people of many European and worldwide nationalities who are living and working in this region. Now in its 14th year of existence, The Riviera Business Club is the largest international business network in the South of France.

At its April event which will be on Thursday April 29th at 7.00 pm, the Riviera Business Club will turn its attention to the financial challenges facing small to medium-sized enterprises. In today’s challenging world, SME’s need to make the most of their cash flow in order to survive, so speakers Karen Marsh of VBA International and Pippa Gomis-Maile of Currencies Direct will explore the various options which are open to companies which fall into this category.

These options will range from ways of actively making money for your company to avoiding costs, thus indirectly saving money! Examples will include getting the best out of currency exchanges, help in streamlining procedures to ensure that clients are invoiced and payments collected on time, and ensuring that HR regulations are followed in order to avoid fines when a company has employees. More specific actions to save money include using HR stagiares (students) for specific projects, and stages (training) through ANPE. Karen and Pippa will also go into Credit Impot Recherche and COFACE as methods of gaining money.

Karen Marsh is the founder and Managing Director of VBA International, and with nearly 20 years’ experience in working in international businesses, she has been focusing in the last 3 years on helping SME’s . VBA International comprises a team of professionals with a wide range of skills to manage all administrative functions required by SMEs, and has learnt through its research that businesses spend around 25% of their time on administrative tasks. Its staff has a broad knowledge base, and plenty of experience of the highs and lows of a business start-up in France, which is reflected in its flexible administration packages.

VBA International assists SME’s in four key domains; Office Management, Finance, HR and Sales/Marketing. It focuses on core challenges faced by a business, and knows how to assist in the structuring of an SME, helping it to grow. Constantly adapting its various skills to the continuous changes affecting businesses in France, VBA International can focus on back office administrative tasks and let you focus on your core business.

Pippa Maile is the Business Development Manager for France with Currencies Direct, one of Europe’s leading non-bank providers of foreign exchange payment services. Since it’s formation in 1996, Currencies Direct has evolved from being an innovative service provider of foreign exchange for consumers and high net worth individuals, into a dynamic and pioneering ‘business to business’, fully integrated treasury solution service provider.

With years of experience providing financial solutions to businesses and individuals worldwide, Currencies Direct can help control risks, fuel growth and protect your future. It has developed an innovative range of products and currency transfer services that can help to minimise foreign exchange risks, and take the hassle out of international payments. It is committed to delivering excellence in customer service and solutions to help your business grow and compete more effectively within the global market place.

The RBC meeting will be held on the upper floor of L'Horloge Restaurant in the Clarion Hotel Aston, Place Massena, Nice, at 7.00 pm on Thursday April 29th. Aperitifs will be served, followed by a buffet, three-course dinner. The cost for members is 35 euros per person, and for friends and guests, 45 euros.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked online only.

jml Property Services and jml Training are members of the RBC

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