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Jean Vaylet, Special Advisor in charge of relations with mid-sized companies and chambers of commerce and industry

13/03/2014

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“Lighten the load for mid-sized companies.”

Jean Vaylet knows there is a lot of work to do when it comes to mid-sized companies. They are the biggest drivers of growth and development. This is where we can reduce unemployment, this is where we can export. But they are always the ones on the front lines, they pay the highest fees and are being penalised when they export. “We have to lighten their load and ease labour constraints,” observes Jean Vaylet. It is clear that the best way to achieve this is by lobbying the government. But Jean Vaylet also believes that better organisational governance could give companies more opportunities to be heard. It's about accepting companies more, having more regular contact with what is happening on the ground, organising meetings to gather feedback. “What do our mid-sized companies need? There is a willingness to listen to real problems,” says Jean Vaylet. He also wants to build a capacity to openly network, particularly with organisations that are already working to protect mid-sized companies like the ASMEP-ETI (association of mid-sized employers).

Pragmatic messages

These real-life examples are influencing the government's decisions. “Look at the GOS tax. We were clear about it and the government changed its tune,” demonstrates Jean Vaylet. Safeguarding the interests of companies in the right way means delivering a pragmatic message to the government. More pragmatism is being called for as well with the chambers of commerce and industry. As president of the Grenoble CCI, Jean Vaylet knows what he is talking about. He wants to create closer ties between both governance structures. “Two-thirds of the CCI presidents are members of the MEDEF,” points out Jean Vaylet. “But the MEDEF does not take enough advantage of the CCI structure, even though it is a real driving force in the regions. The two entities could help one another and improve the health of every region's economic fabric.”

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