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View of La Plaine du Var, Côte d'Azur, Fance

EAB's French team at Entreprise AB have launched a new bilingual website for the beautiful Plaine du Var region just inland from the Côte d'Azur. The website serves two main purposes:

  • to promote this beautiful and historic part of the south of France
  • to promote communication and cooperation between the various communities that are spread out through the Var valley.

Our French content development specialists provided each of the 15 local communities with photo albums and slideshows of the Plaine du Var's stunning scenery, historical information, blogs and news as well as information about the government's extensive development plans for the region.

Regional and national news is provided by the Nice Matin newspaper.

Local community members can make use of the classified ads system, online chat, local directories and discussion forums – all available at both the village level and the district level.

André Bottin, EAB's managing director said:

“As a native of Saint Martin du Var I'm very pleased that our team has made this contribution to the communities of the beautiful Plaine du Var district. From the beginning EAB has always kept the corporate social responsibility (CSR) ethic central to what we do so it's been very satisfying to make use of our content development and website development skills to provide for free such a significant web-based tool to the local community where I grew up.”

The website was built using the multilingual eZ Publish content management system (CMS) with bespoke PHP and jQuery extensions providing extra functionality.

Visit the website at www.laplaineduvar.fr.

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Cote D'Azur Business Network Logo

Andre Bottin and Dave Cooper are hosting the first meeting of the Côte d'Azur Business Network which will be at Nice's le Café de la Place,  11 Place Garibaldi - tonight, Friday 5th April at 7:30pm.

The network imports informal, 'English-style' networking to businesses on the Côte d'Azur. Andre says;

"Côte d'Azur Business Network is a free, informal and independent group for French Riviera-based businesses to network with the aim of exchanging services, leads, additional revenue streams and support. The group is for you if your company has a location in the Côte d'Azur and is or intending to doing business internationally. This is the group with no name badges, no elevator pitches, no business card thrusting, no meeting agendas. Do you like this idea? Come and join us!! Companies can be of any size (ie just you if you're a sole trader!). We aim to meet once a month, in different towns to allow different people to attend."

You can join the network's open Linked In group online.


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I am looking forward to the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) Chinese New Year Business Seminar, Lecture and Reception, Cambridge, 12 Feb 2013.

There are massive opportunities for EU and UK companies in the development of 300 new eco-cities – or 'Smart Cities' as they are known in China.

This means a lot to me because our French office is located near to the ‘Eco-Valley’ of la Plaine du Var (see www.ecovallee-plaineduvar.fr) - an area of Southern France earmarked for sustainable development. I'm hoping to get some insights on the ecological goals of China to share with my network partners at Union Pour L’Entreprise des Alpes-Maritimes (UPE06).

With our China Online services I believe we are uniquely connected to move on this huge market opportunity. If you have insights in doing business in China or just want to exchange thoughts please contact me or hook up with me at Cambridge.

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Great news! Andre is back from Nice – tanned and relaxed -  bien sûr!

We have succeeded in establishing a Branch office in Nice. It is located in the very aptly-named Promenade des Anglais!

Our new business will have its own French trading name Entreprise AB – spot the difference?  

We also warmly welcome a number of new team members across the Channel:Jean-Marc Baldini, Odile Collin and Marina Leggiero.

Jean-Marc, Odile Collin, Marina Leggiero

The team will work with our Nice–based designer Dave Cooper to generate new business opportunities for our eZ publish CMS offering  - delivered by our Xi'an- based developer team.

As it happens eZ Publish is better known on the continent than in the UK: used on a number of high profile international French language websites such as Institut de Recherche pour le développement,so we don’t expect to have to spend so much time explaining its amazing capacities to our prospects on the Côte D’Azur. 

Nice is an ideal jump-off point for our French ambitions. We are well-connected to exciting projects in the Var Valley - an inland area of the Côte D’Azur which is earmarked for huge redevelopment.

Our new address: 

455 Promenade des Anglais
Immeuble Nice Premier A
06299 Nice Cedex 03

And our new French telephone number is +33 (0) 483580554.

Love to see you there sometime!


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Just back from 6 weeks in Nice. Did you notice I had gone? This is me outside our new office at Premier A, Promenade des Anglais!

Andre Bottin standing outside Premier A, Nice

Andre at our new offices at Premier A, Nice

More exciting news to come….

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Andre Bottin - Enterprise AB's Managing Director

Andre Bottin, EAB MD

I am pleased to announce that Enterprise AB has joined the European Channel Innovation Network*, a trade-stimulation project  linking seven science parks and start up incubators in Brittany and Normandy with counterparts in the South East of England.

The cross-channel initiative provides an opportunity for face to face meetings between innovative and high growth technology companies looking to establish partnerships.

We have recently established an office in Nice, in the South of France, so EAB is well-positioned to benefit from this initiative.

At a recent networking event held at Internet World 2012 at Earls Court in April, I had a chance to talk to several delegates looking to promote their software products.

I am impressed by the ideas I have seen from our French counterparts. We may be able to offer product extensions to our some of clients in specific sectors. I look forward to exploring options to develop sales synergies in future.

* Channel Innovation Network (CHAIN2) is an EU funded project set up to help UK companies develop and manage relationships in northern France. The CHAIN2 Programme has been made possible by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Enterprise AB Ltd has joined the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry. With hundreds of significant member businesses in Hertfordshire we look forward to taking advantage of its excellent networking, training and export support opportunities.

This development coincides with our MD Andre Bottin’s recent mission to the South of France where we have had a Representative Office since 2008. We have now established a permanent business address in the Côte d'Azur.

Andre will be spending more time in France creating stronger links with business and social contacts in the region of his birth. Thanks to mobile working technology, Andre’s presence in Nice should not hamper his responsiveness to clients in the UK and abroad.

He says, “I am very excited about our French prospects. We are talking to a potential partner design agency about collaboration, and we have joined the Union pour l'Entreprise des Alpes Maritimes - a very successful and active organisation which represents bosses in the French Riviera.”

For more information see our international business activities section.

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EAB is proud to announce the creation of a Representative Office in France, in the French Riviera, the native home of Andre Bottin, its founder and Managing Director. We aim to offer Internet services to both French local businesses and the large British ex-pat community. Indeed, with its international perspective EAB is well suited to serve like-minded companies. This new office, as with our office in China will rely on its local presence on the Internet, via the eab-france.com website, powered by eZ Publish. The site is both in French and in English.


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