22.07.2015 Jacques Leroux, Fashion, Design, and Creative Industries Delegate

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As the contact for fashion and design industries since 2008, Jacques Leroux is the link between those businesses and the multitude of services the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry offers them. He tells us more.

What is the Chamber of Commerce's role with fashion businesses?

Fashion businesses are above all businesses, and we try to meet their needs, which are the needs of any business interested in development: choosing the right status when the business is created, or ideas for growth strategy and international activities. We also strive to give each business solid, customised assistance with human resources, including HR diagnostics, help with recruitment, and analysing skills that pertain to development plans.

Legal compliance is also essential: the director's legal status, the conformity of contractual documents such as commercial leases and terms of sale. The Chamber of Commerce has experts available to respond to each one of these topics.

What specific services does the Chamber offer to fashion brands?

This is a priority sector for us and we mobilize all our resources whenever necessary. We are very active in education through La Fabrique, a school that includes several specialised training programs (technical skills for creative sectors such as apparel, saddlery, leathergoods, and merchandising) and is a resource for houses looking for young talent. We're also a 50 percent shareholder in Viparis, which manages the major Ile-de-France exhibition venues, and Comexposium, which organises the leading fashion trade shows.

The Chamber is also very active internationally

Today a fashion house can't think about development without thinking internationally. Our teams offer pre-project analyses to help businesses with the first steps (choosing the country, export financing, business contacts, etc.) To assist procedures outside of France, we call on our own offices in China, Russia, Brazil, and India as well as on our various networks. We can also facilitate customs requirements (for trade shows for example) with ATA carnets.

Come meet with the Paris Ile-de-France CCI at TRAFFIC. At the Chamber's stand you'll find experts in four sectors: business start-ups, human resources, international activities, and legal requirements, plus information on a 'crédit d'impôt collection' (fashion collection tax credit) conference on 5 November.


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