An Irish Christmas

Yesterday the #christmas season started with NetworkIrlande France’s Christmas reception.

The event took place at the #irish #embassy. Her Excellency Mrs. Patricia O’Brien did the opening speech and took the opportunity praise the good and growing relation ship between #france and #ireland.

Mr. Richard Dujardin (our president) was very pleased to inform us of the increase in NetworkIrlande France’s member ship and of early 2020 events.

Then the party started.

The guest list was impressive (over 100 people), you will understand that I can’t name everyone.

Of course the usual suspects were presents, Desmond McGetrick, Harrie Barron,…

It was a lovely evening and this year’s first Christmas tree.

Best wishes to all of you.

#business #culturalexchange #network

SIACI & IGS “Matinale” on C&B

This morning, I represented French Payroll Expert to Groupe IGS Formation Continue and SIACI SAINT HONORE‘s “matinale” on C&B.

This was a very interesting talk. The speakers were Chrystelle THIRION from SIACI SAINT HONORE, alice desbouvrie also from SIACI SAINT HONORE and Sophie DENYS from Dassault Systèmes.

If I had to be honest, I would say that I just discovered what C&B truly was. These talks were way over my pay grade (in this domain).

However, what I learned now allows me to understand some of the needs of my clients.

I was a very instructive morning.

#payroll #frenchpayroll #payrollservices

Business Lunch with a coach.

Yesterday I represented French Payroll Expert at the monthly #businesslunch.

Our guest speaker was Jo Stapleton Leymarie. She explained to us her work as a #coach. She mainly help us make the distinction between slow and fast thinking.

I was surprised to notice that I was a slow thinker.

I also had fascinating conversations with Jo, Josette Quiniou, David Spiers and Jonathan Clark from St Michael’s Church (in Paris).

Where also present David Davron from Davron Translations and Wendy-Ann Smith.

Thank you to Jonathan C. Cooper for setting this up (I hope the picture suites you this time) and to the sponsors the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry, The Spectrum IFA Group, the IOD, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and ABAF.

Breakfast at the Chamber : How to prospect.

This morning I represented French Payroll Expert at the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry‘s #SME breakfast.

The theme was how to prospect and grow your business. Our guest speaker was Jacques MILCENT from CONSENSO formation.

It was very interesting to compare how we get in touch with our prospect. LinkedIn and social media definitely the place to be. However, I was amazed to learn that cold phoning still has a 4% reach.

Were present, Josette Quiniou, Annabelle Gauberti, Guillaume O’Lanyer, Francois DECOCK, Stephanie Frackowiak, Robin Young, Stéphane Lorey, Eliot James Corron, Jeremy Durack, Luis Wolff Kono, Olivia Bédier, Derek Ferguson

Unfortunately, we were too numerous to tag everyone to this post. My apologies to those I could not add to this post.

Thank you to the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry for inviting me and to CATHERINE LE YAOUANC and the chamber’s staff for setting it up.

Opportunities to capitalise on Australia’s infrastructure

Yesterday, I represented French Payroll Expert at ABIE France‘s event Opportunities to capitalise on Australia’s infrastructure and energy project boom.

The event took place at the Australian embassy in #Paris.

His excellency Brendan Berne was present and answered question form the panel experts.

The theme was Australian infrastructure. The speakers were Robert Clarke from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Jean-philippe Trin from Bouygues Construction, Salim Bensmail from John Laing, Arabella Rothwell from the Victorian Government and Keirra Smith from the New South Wales Government Australia.

The conversation was fascinating. I knew #Australia was big. I never figured it was this huge. I guest you have to see it to understand it.

Maybe I should emigrate?

Thank to ABIE France for inviting me and to his excellency Brendan Berne for hosting the event.

A drink with the Scots

Yesterday evening I represented French Payroll Expert to a GlobalScot drink.

I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Pritchard from Scottish Enterprise, Eniko Delzenne-Gyulai from Scottish Development International and Eliot James Corron from Pact & Partners International.

Were also presents my friends from the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry and my colleague from Your Experts in France.

It was very interesting to learn more about the Scots.

I hope I can join GlobalScot to keep learning more about this country I barely know.

“Les matinales” : Social and HR actualities

Les matinales IGS

This morning I attended a “matinale” (understand information morning) with Groupe IGS Formation Continue and BDO France.

Anne-Sophie Nieuwjaer Campion and Alain RICHARD were our speakers.

The main theme of this “matinale” was the #genderequality in French companies and the related administrative and informative work.

I should be used to it by now, but the French administration never seas to amaze me by the depth of it complexity.

Hopefully, you have experts to deal with it.

It was very instructive morning, but a little depressing.

#payroll #frenchpayroll #payrollservices

Monthly Business Lunch

Today I represented French Payroll Expert at the monthly #businesslunch .

Our guest speaker was michel de fabiani from the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

He gave a very inspired speech about #brexit and how everything can happen even at the last minute.

I had the pleasure of sitting with Olivia Bédier from School BritanniaDavid Spiers, Jeremy Lister and Luis Wolff Kono.

Of course many others were present. Including Robert James Oliver, Thibault Vanham ◆ Bessé Ressources and Nathalie Kennedy.

Thank you to our host Jonathan C. Cooper and to our sponsors The Spectrum IFA Group, the IOD, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry, ABAF and the Department for international trade.

This morning I represented French Payroll Expert at the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry‘s #SMEBreakfast.

Our guest speaker was Jacques MILCENT from CONSENSO formation.

He explained to us the difference between British and French communication in canvasing clients. I was amazed to hear that the French are considered rude to their client.

I hope I can be the exception.

The breakfast was strange, not only were we invaded by the École de Guerre as 5 of their members were present. But the other side of the room was packed with Scottish.

All in all I would have felt a little lonely if not for the presence of David Spiers, Cameron Sutherland, Luis Wolff Kono, Derek Ferguson, Christine Levavasseur, Jean-Luc Sfez and Philippe Talon.

As usual thank you to the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce & Industry and CATHERINE LE YAOUANC for setting up these monthly events.

“Brexit – Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland”.

Irish Flag

Yesterday I attended “Brexit – Challenges and Opportunities for Ireland”.

The event took place at the Irish embassy.

Ambassador Patricia O’Brien made a worming opening speech.

David Barniville SC and Tony Connelly were the guest speaker.

I learned more in a few minutes on the Irish judiciary system than I did in the last 5 years thanks to Mr. Barniville.

Mr. Connelly allowed me to understand that I didn’t really understand the complexity and the danger of the #brexit for #Ireland.

Most of all the evening allowed me to understand a little bite better Irish people. M. Connelly kept talking about the #peaceprocess. At the moment I did not really notice it. Then I kept wondering why a #process and not just #peace.

I understood a major difference between the #French and the #Irish.

I take peace for granted, you don’t.

That gives me a new perspective on my friends and increase my respect for you, your achievement and your desire for a #brexit that won’t jeopardize the peace process.

I hope we can have many more such evening in the future where I have the opportunity to meet impressive people and learn to understand them a lite bite better.

Thank you to NetworkIrlande France and Arbitration Ireland for inviting me.