Yesterday, Sylvia Pinel, French Minister for Handicraft, Trade and Tourism, presented to the Ministry for Economy and Finance a revamped electronic counter for enterprises. “More ergonomic and secure, it is in line with the policy towards simplification announced by President François Hollande.”
It has already been tested by over 8,000 entrepreneurs. Since 12 June 2013, the web site guichet-entreprises.fr has enabled newborn enterprises to get registered, a key phase for all new companies. Not only this, the new web site is a place where “entrepreneurs can
obtain all information on subsidies they may be entitled to,” specified the French Minister for Handicraft, Trade and Tourism. This is a major improvement, for the former version of the web site born in 2010 offered no tips on which of the 7,000 subsidy measures a new entrepreneur could claim.
Remodelled with the partnership of the Centre de Formalités des Entreprises (CFE or Centre for Enterprise Formalities), the Agence Centrale des Organismes de Sécurité Sociale (ACOSS or Central Agency for Social Security Bodies) and Chambers, “this onestop counter is more ergonomic and secure,” according to the Minister. “It has been conceived so that in the space of 45 minutes, a company can be registered online and an entrepreneur become aware of his or her rights.” Information including all useful contacts and solutions is updated, and individualised follow-up is offered to support the company throughout its activity.
Further improvements have already been promised by the Minister in the near future, namely a web site that will allow businesses to be set up on a European scale.