12. Financial Assistance for Starting a Business in France
- Start-Up Social Security Relief
- Regional Development Schemes
- Bank Finance
- Assistance with Employee Costs
There are a range of schemes available that offer financial assistance to a business start-up.
Assistance is also available for existing business’s who wish to expand or recruit new employees.
The schemes are administered by a variety of different bodies at a national and a regional level. They are also poorly advertised and many new business owners fail to take advantage of the assistance that is available.
It is quite possible that a large part of your time on a business start-up could be spent doing the rounds of the various agencies and authorities, trying to establish if you might be eligible.
If you speak reasonable French then you should also work your way through the relevant web pages of the national business start up agency BPI France, which has a list of most of the main schemes.
In general, most schemes offer a reduction or exoneration from tax or social contributions and few offer actual grant aid or soft loans towards the establishment of a business.
There are also a range of subsidised employment contracts for the young, elderly and unemployed, or to assist in the development of particular sectors of the economy.
In pretty well all cases there is a lot of paperwork to complete to obtain assistance, so be prepared to be patient and diligent!
Some of the more common schemes are described in the following pages.
In particular, as we state in the next chapter, since January 2019 all new businesses benefit from assistance with social security contributions.
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