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.
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.
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.