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Establish a Catering Company in France

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Establish-a-catering-company-in-FranceForeign entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in France will find various opportunities in the hospitality industry depending on the amount of money willing to spend. One of the best examples is starting a food business which can incur small costs in the case of a catering company or larger ones in the case of luxury restaurants. All French cities can host both types of food establishments considering the large number of tourists and their different tastes.

If you are interested in starting a catering business, our French company formation advisors can offer information on the legislation to be respected.

What do you need to know when setting up a French catering business?

Foreign investors who want to start a catering company in France must comply with the same laws as those opening restaurants here. If the location is not a problem, as the catering business can be organized at home, the requirements related to the food safety and licenses are the same as for other food establishments.

Before starting the catering company registration process in France, one must draft a financial plan and create a database with the suppliers of food products and drinks.

Our company formation agents in France can assist with the incorporation procedure of the catering business.

Licenses for opening a catering company in France

As mentioned above, a French catering company needs the same licenses as a restaurant if the owner intends to create an area on the premises of the business where people can eat. If that is not the case, the protection of minors’ notice obtained from the local police station is not necessary. However, the liquor license must be obtained. There are three type of alcohol licenses which can be obtained by a catering business in France.

Once the catering company is set up and the licensing phase is completed, the owner must also think about the promotion of the business. Creating a website could be of great help when it comes to promotion of a catering company, as well as different ads which can be placed on billboards.

For assistance with the registration of a catering company do not hesitate to contact us. You can also rely on our company formation services in France if you want to open another type of business.


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Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.