Michel Oliver & Roger Haigh

IPBA - International Périgord Business Association/Franco British Chamber of Commerce and Industry

After several years within different sectors of trade, Michel has become the Chief Executive Manager of the department responsible for economic development within the Chamber of Agriculture of the Dordogne. As the main instigator for the development of IPBA, he has been appointed General Manager by the partners of this newly created organization.

Born and raised in Switzerland of British parents, Roger graduated from l’Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne with a Masters Degree in Hospitality management. After a successful career within the industry in the UK, he decided some 25 years ago to settle in France. Very rapidly he became a Director within the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Dordogne in which Roger has held a number of positions culminating in his present responsibilities. Roger Haigh is the director or the Franco British Chamber of Commerce and Industry Agency for the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region. In collaboration with a strong network of public and private partners, he provides companies with a “one stop shop” service to assist incoming businesses. He provides assistance in setting-up your office and operational base to recruiting staff and much more.

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The requirement for collaborative agreements in specific sectors of activity enabling diversification and economic growth

Although Dordogne Perigord has long been recognized worldwide for its heritage, gastronomy and comfortable living style, the need to increase economic growth has become paramount. Growing the existing sectors, including tourism, food&drink, and luxury goods, has provided a private/public infrastructure whose aim is to develop collaborative agreements with other regions of target countries. By developing a network with partners in other areas of the world, new innovative sectors have been attracted and assisted in setting up their businesses to the mutual advantage of all parties.