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Set up in 2006, Himalaya Conseil, specialising in umbrella company services, achieved a 2010 turnover of over 3.4 million euros. “The umbrella company service market will no doubt continue to progress. This is a status of the future, as attested by the favourable evolution of regulation in this domain,” explains Sébastien Bareau, the company’s Development Manager. Since June 2010, this sector has taken on an extra dimension, with the signing of an interprofessional agreement for the creation, in French employment law, of a branch on umbrella company services. This is an advance which opens up the domain for executives and intellectual service providers in a broad sense. This status is notably expected to be a means to improve access to employment for seniors. “But whilst they offer services independently, they are above all seen as experienced persons with highly coveted skills,” specifies Sébastien Bareau.
Umbrella company services are also aimed at young graduates wishing to set up a structure. “Many of them take recourse to this solution to test an activity for a certain period, before launching themselves in setting up their own comp-anies. The fact of being free from all accounting or administrative restrictions enables them to focus full time on looking for clients and developing their offers,” points out Eva Courchel, the company’s Managing Director. “They can for example avoid the management of VAT or credit to set aside for the paying of future fixed charges. We offer a full employee status, which implies full automatic entitlement to all aspects of social protection. Other facilities flow from this security, such as simplified access to loans for the purchase of real estate.” For businesses using this status, advantages are considerable. Other than being free from the need to manage work contracts, the company benefits from a savoir-faire that it may not necessarily have within its own structure, as well asindependent expertise for in-company issues. Himalaya Conseil is particularly well positioned in two domains.
A major share of its consultants are involved in activities relating to organisational aspects (IT management, company management, project coordination…). Such activities relate to company strategy, cost reduction and are often supported by training services. The second major domain of Himalaya Conseil is wealth management. “This positioning makes our company into an atypical organisation, for this profession is semi-regulated. We are the only structure in France to offer umbrella services to wealth management consultants. In this capacity, we meet strict regulation and requirements,” continues Eva Courchel. The company holds a professional card for carrying out real-estate transactions, and is an intermediary in banking operations. It conforms with the French ACP (Prudential Monitoring Authority), the ORIAS (Registry Organism for Insurance Intermediaries) for all activities pertaining to life insurance, and the AMF (Financial Market Authority) for bank and financial prospecting work. To meet the requirements of its clients, the business notably organises meetings where consultants can get together.
“These rendezvous allow everyone to exchange and promote their experiences and paths. They feel like they belong to a group, for they know that the team surrounding them is present to guide and support them in their everyday struggles,” observes Julia Courchel, the company’s Clientele Manager. Conformity to regulations in force is a strength of the company. “For financial activities, our major ordering parties are very well-known French real-estate developers. They deal with our consultants as they are certain that we are in line with regulations,” adds Eva Courchel. The capacity to provide guarantees means that Himalaya Conseil benefits from an excellent reputation. The group’s reliability and trustworthiness have drawn wide-ranging expertise including that of a consultant for press companies working on digital supports, specialised in coordinating and designing platforms accessible by the public. Other experts offer, for example, auditing services for medical equipment manufacturers in Europe. In the future, “we wish to remain a leader in the domain of wealth management and we wish to further develop consultancy services in general,” confides Eva Courchel. But beyond the company’s growth targets, the Managing Director above all wishes “to preserve the values of reliability and support which are the trademark of Himalaya”.