About Us

French Connections HCB was born of a friendship between two young rugby players - one French and the other British - playing alongside each other on the rugby fields of South-West France. Together they founded the company, the idea for which had been formed 12 years earlier – to assist others to relocate to France. Today we are a strong network of experts who we are pleased to call our friends. We know how difficult and time-consuming it can be to relocate to a new country, having been through the process ourselves. Which is why our unique team of experienced French and British staff can assist with each facet of your life-changing move, to ease your transition to this beautiful country.

The Team

 
 
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Director

Richard

Richard is a proud Gers native - born to British parents, and naturally fluent in both French and English, he grew up in the beautiful French countryside of Gers. Since graduating from the University of Toulouse, he has enjoyed working for a range of luxury corporate companies in France, America and Britain. Richard has had a great deal of experience in the property field - buying, renovating and selling both private and commercial properties since 2009, and has developed a varying range of new and exciting business endeavours. After recently moving back to France, he is currently renovating a 680m2, 300-year-old Manor House, alongside other properties, and has learnt, first-hand, how much is involved in finding the right property, which, of course, makes him the perfect person to help you find yours!

Based in the Gers

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Relocation Specialist

Diana

Amongst the first to join our team, Diana has spent the last 14 years assisting families, from over 80 nationalities, to overcome the stress that can come with relocating to a new country. During her career she has lived in 6 different countries over 3 continents, where she often did not speak the local language, so can really understand what it is like to take the plunge abroad! Fluent in English and French, and having lived in France for the last 11 years, she is perfectly placed to guide you through the labyrinth that is French administration. She prides herself on understanding each client's individual needs, so you can rest assured that she is the right person to manage your move.

Based in Nice

Relocation Specialist

Melanie

Melanie has previously worked with Richard in other senior management roles, she is a French national who has spent the last 14 years in the UK and has lived and worked in China, New Zealand and Switzerland. Business-focused, with a double masters degree, she is fully bilingual and has a great understanding of both France and the UK and their differing cultures. Combine this with her passion for great customer service, Melanie will do all that she can to have you ready to move to France and into your new home, hassle-free.

Based in Nottingham

Financial Advisor

Simon

​After gaining a diploma in Business and Finance, Simon first qualified as a Financial Advisor in the UK in 1991 and has been giving cross border financial advice to British clients in France for the last 18 years. During this period he has built up considerable knowledge of tax efficient French investments and inheritance planning. Simon lived in Brittany for 12 years and is now based in the Vendée region. In 2018 Simon re qualified passing the Chartered Insurance Institute financial advisers certificate and in addition passed the CII Mortgage Advice and Equity release exams thus, currently holds the latest UK financial planning qualifications. His overwhelming attribute is his approach to financial planning, his calm and professional demeanour inspires confidence in his advice, which makes him the perfect person to consult when considering your financial future in France.​

Based in La Roche sur Yon

Project Manager

Yannick

Since his time on the rugby fields with Richard, our Project Manager Yannick has over 15 years of experience in providing excellent craftsmanship. After completing his apprenticeship in Auch at the age of 16, he has continued training throughout his career and is skilled in many areas of the building trade. In addition, he has built up a reliable network of local artisans to assist him in specialist projects. Yannick has worked on projects both in France and the UK and understands the different styles and requirements that come with both cultures. He loves helping our clients develop their ideas and prides himself on offering practical, honest and professional advice, a natural leader, he is the man you need on any building project.

Based in the Gers

Head of Administration

Laurie

Fully bilingual and head of our admin team, Laurie is our behind the scenes hero, she is always busy pushing the French administrative institutions to complete documents and forms faster, so our customers can receive everything they need as efficiently as possible. After having graduated in International Trade at the University of Aix en Provence, Laurie has travelled to many different countries, for both work and to discover new cultures. Always with a positive attitude, and a well-organised journal - she is a fantastic team leader that goes the extra mile to help every customer successfully settle in France.

Based in Toulouse

Digital Marketing

Ryan

Born in the Gers to British parents, Ryan is naturally bilingual and graduated in International Business at the University of Tarbes. He is Richard’s nephew and they started this journey together, setting up the company from the very beginning, their gradual and persistent progress making this company the success it is today. Having worked in both France and the UK, he specialises in new business marketing, aiding clients with their website designs, social media strategy and digital marketing. He understands from a first-hand perspective, the cultural and administrative differences found in France and the UK - if you are thinking of creating your own business here in France, he can help you give it a professional finish.

Based in the Gers

Administration Team

Our well-qualified, bilingual administrative team comes with a wealth of international experience, exchanging with embassies, prefectures and high commissions to arrange visas and residency permits. This team are experts in managing every administrative aspect of your move, communicating with institutions on your behalf to accumulate all the necessary documentation for each specific case, they have developed a mastery of the rules and regulations and will accompany you at every step of the journey, providing regular updates to clients and practical advice. We coordinate every facet of the required paperwork from residency applications to new business and car registrations, negotiating the labyrinth of tax offices and town halls, so that you can relax, assured that an experienced and reliable team has everything organised.     

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