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Advice on setting up and developing a business in the Basque Country

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Do you have a realistic and concrete project in hand? Have you already carried out a market study and assessed your financial needs? If your calculations and preliminary studies confirm the feasibility of your idea, then perhaps it's time to take the plunge and start your own business. To give yourself the best chance from the start and get a good start inentrepreneurship in the Basque Country, discover our essential advice.

Living in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Setting up a business requires a number of administrative steps to be taken at the outset. First of all, you will need to determine the registered office of your company, which will appear on all your documents and letters. There are several possibilities for domiciling your company in the 64:

  • domiciliation at home,
  • domiciliation in your own business premises,
  • domiciliation in a third party location (business incubator, coworking space, domiciliation company).
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While the first option is the quickest to set up and the most financially advantageous, it may lack credibility or blur the boundary between work and private life.

Owning your own premises is much more credible, but it is very expensive and does not allow for flexibility in terms of location.

Using a third-party venue seems to be a good compromise between the two previous solutions. 

If you want to set up your business or move to the 64, you can go through a business address centre such as the Biarritz International Business Centre. For less than 100 euros per month, you will have a postal address but also a telephone reception, secretarial and mail management service. These places often have meeting rooms or offices to rent, perfect for receiving potential clients and investors.


Getting help from a support structure

Creating a viable business is not only a question of finances. It is also essential to surround yourself with professionals who are familiar with the field of business creation. This way you can get advice and support, both for the launch of your start-up and for its growth.

Incubators, incubators, business hotels, accelerators... In the Basque Country, in Bearn and more generally in the South-West, there are many support structures

These are generally part of the French Tech Bordeaux and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the French Tech Pays Basque or the French Tech Pau-Béarn. The Technopole Hélioparc, the Technolopole Pays Basque, L'entrepau / Arkinova or ESTIA Entreprendre will offer you numerous solutions to make your project a success : individual support and follow-up, training seminars, a network of partners, training courses, collective workshops, shared services, etc.

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Find an accountant to assist you on a daily basis

The accountant or chartered accountant will perform several functions that are essential to the smooth running of your business. He or she will help you draw up a business plan, choose the best tax regime and the best company name for your business (SARL, SAS, SNC, Entreprise Individuelle, microentreprise, EURL, etc.), ensure that your accounting and tax obligations are properly met, and manage the growth and decline phases of your project.

To find the right professional to support you, you have several options:

  • Use the network. If you know other entrepreneurs, it may be worthwhile to turn to them to find the right fit. This will give you advice and recommendations on the professionals they have already used.
  • Hiring an online accountant. On the Internet, you will find sites that offer to put you in touch with an online accountant. This is usually less expensive than going to a physical firm. Compare the profiles and offers and contact the accountant you choose.
  • Use a local accounting firm. This is the most traditional way to find a local accountant. Going to a firm near you may be more expensive than an online solution, but you can meet your accountant directly if you need to, either in their office or in your own.

Accelerate your development thanks to financial aid

In order to become an entrepreneur, it is often necessary to raise a significant amount of capital at the outset. To make things easier for you, you can claim several forms of financial aid. Among the public aids are ARCE (Aide à la Reprise et à la Création d'Entreprise) paid by Pôle emploi, NACRE (Nouvel Accompagnement pour la Création et la Reprise d'Entreprise) which can grant a zero interest loan, the PCE (prêt à la création d'entreprise) and BPI France (formerly Oséo) financing which can take the form of an advance, a subsidy, a guarantee or a zero interest loan. In the Basque Country, you can also turn to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Bayonne.

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Another solution concerning both the public and the private sector: structures, foundations or even the State regularly offer competitions in which the winners receive financial assistance. Honorary loans can also be granted by certain companies and associations, but also by clubs or networks of creators.

To find out which grants you can apply for to build your project in a few clicks, visit les-aides.fr.

Joining a Basque Country nursery

Incubators on the coast or in the heart of the Basque Country can help you with your business creation project and also with the growth of your start-up during its first years of activity. This is the case for ALDATU in Hasparren, Créaluz in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Izarbel in Bidart, Technocité in Bayonne and Arkinova in Anglet.

Joining a business incubator will bring you several advantages:

  • The possibility of renting offices at a more attractive rate than a traditional rental from a commercial landlord,
  • Material support with furniture, meeting rooms, telephone, fax..,
  • Guidance and support to better structure your company,
  • This emulation and exchange can give rise to collaborative work, but can also help in the event of a drop in motivation,
  • Access to a wide range of services to help you focus on your core business...

Located throughout the region, these incubators play an important role in making the Basque Country a land of entrepreneurship. They will be a real asset for your business project.


Moving to a coworking space

Do you want to put your computer in a place that will allow the development of your company and your professional network, while improving your personal development?

Coworking spaces in the Basque Country are one of those third places that you should not miss when you are a business creator. They offer great flexibility, by offering you the possibility of renting a workspace for half a day, a day, a month or a year. All this in a welcoming environment and at advantageous rates, thanks in particular to the sharing of equipment and services.

On the Basque Coast, you can try La Cocotte in the centre of Bayonne, Spot Coworking in Anglet, Coworking Pays Basque in Biarritz and Bayonne, or Le Local Coworking in Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Then choose your space according to the facilities and spaces they offer, the price, the opening hours and of course the atmosphere, which is very important for you to stay. motivated to work.
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Find a professional network

It is in the interest of an entrepreneur to join a professional network. This method allows you to find new clients but also to strengthen your address book, to share your experiences, to receive help for the development of your business and for its creation, to attend training sessions or to share resources. In the South-West, you will find about a hundred professional networks.

These include the Business Network International (BNI), which is present in the Basque Country as well as in Béarn, Sud Landes and Bigorre, and the Inter-Network of the Basque Country, which brings together fifteen associations. 

You will also find multi-sectoral business clubs such as the 64 business club, the leadership circles such as the Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants d'entreprise (CJD) or associations specifically for women, such as Femmes Chefs d'Entreprise and Diriger au Féminin. 
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Do not hesitate to consult the websites of all these professional networks, but also to contact them, to find out about their membership conditions and how they work. Then join the one that suits you best!

Finally, don't forget the legal basics such as RGPD compliance. We recently published an article to give you tips on how to comply with the RGPD in 2022.

Thanks to all these tips and tricks, you will get the resources you need to successfully carry out your business start-up or takeover project , but also to make your business grow: financial aid to gather a good start-up capital, offices and equipment at a lower cost, advice from professionals, a motivating environment, moral support... All these resources will help you stay on course


In France in general and in the Basque Country in particular, many initiatives have been set up to encourage business creation, both by public bodies and private structures. Don' t hesitate to take advantage of them if you have a project!

Adrien

The author of this article

Adrien is an expert in webmarketing and more particularly in Traffic Acquisition and Lead Generation.

After 12 years and hundreds of campaigns for small and medium sized companies in their growth phase, he decided to create Digital 64, the South West Web Agency, specialised in Inbound and Growth Marketing.

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