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Factsheet for measure FR-2004-32/2730 – measures in France

House for Business Creation and Transfer

Maison de la Création et de la Transmission d'Entreprises (MCTE)

Country France , applies locally

Time period Open ended, started on 02 August 2004
Context Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Reorientation of business activities
– Matching/networking
Author Frédéric Turlan (IRshare) and Eurofound
Measure added 11 July 2022 (updated 09 November 2022)

Background information

The House for business creation and transfert (Maison de la création et de la transmission d'entreprises - MCTE) is available to all those who wish to create or take over a business in the Maine-et-Loire region and who need support, whatever size of the business they want to create or take over.

The scheme has been run by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of the Maine et Loire department for 17 years. The three MCTEs spread across the department bring together the support and financing structures for business creation and takeovers. Thanks to this collective of players, the MCTEs offer events and individual meetings that contribute to the first level of information that each future entrepreneur must have before starting a business.

Content of measure

Launched in August 2004 by the State, the Maine-et-Loire general regional council, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this instrument aims to:

  • support local economic development by promoting the creation and takeover of companies;
  • contribute to the diversity of offers and making them more accessible;
  • ensure that business transfers are completed successfully.

To this end, the Houses for Business Creation and Transfer (there are three branches in Angers, Cholet and Saumur) are presented as a one-stop-shop and offer a range of support services, including meetings with specialists, information forums, and one-to-one consultations.

The Houses for Business Creation and Transfer receive a financial support from the State, local government (Maine-et-Loire general council; Angers Loire metropolitan community) and from Employers' or employees' organisations (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Maine-et-Loire). European funds are provided to the Maine-et-Loire region that may participate to the funding of this scheme.

Use of measure

In 2013, the number of individual contacts that had been made was of 44,883. This number had been multiplied by 1.6 since 2010.

Some 5,264 businesses were created in 2014 in the region (almost half of them being self-employment structures), and 3,201 were facilitated by the support offered by the Houses for Business Creation and Transfer. In 2016, 5,006 businesses were created in the region, 31% of them being own account workers, and 2,822 were facilitated by the support offered by the Houses for Business Creation and Transfer.

In 2018, 6,140 business were created in the region (37% of them being self-employment structures). The latest regional Business Observatory report (2019) provides information about a sample of business creators supported by the MCTE in 2019, based on a survey about business creation projects supported by the measure in 2019. The number of business creators supported by the MCTE was of 7,250 in 2019 and 25% of them answered the survey: 44%  of the respondents completed their project (compared to 49% in 2018); main sectors covered were crafts, hotels and restaurants, services to businesses, health; a wide majority of projects are business creation carried out by new entrepreneurs (56% of them were job seekers and 32% employees).

The strenght of this instrument is that eases the process of creating, selling and taking over a company at local level. However it may duplicate other similar instruments, such as Transentreprises, that has a larger geographical scope.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Local / regional government
Public employment service
EU (Council, EC, EP)
Employers organisation
European Funds
Local funds
National funds
Regional funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



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