Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant

The ISM publishes the status report of the EPV certification label, which has just celebrated its 10-year anniversary

The Institut Supérieur des Métiers (ISM), commissioned by the State to manage the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company, or EPV) label, has just published its 2016 status report. This label is a unique way for the State to recognise and value exceptional French companies. The year 2016 was punctuated with high points and events to celebrate the label's tenth anniversary, especially ones linked to craft and gastronomy-based tourism.

The Entreprises du Patrimoine Vivant: a vital spark for the French economy

The State label of Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant brings together almost 1,400 exceptional French companies, with over 62,000 jobs and a cumulative annual turnover of over 14 billion euros. It asserts a vision of excellence in craftsmanship and industry and an entrepreneurial approach, as well as a focus on transmission, heritage-conscious manufacturing and, most of all, innovation.

A growing number of applications
2016 was marked by a strong development in the number of candidates for the EPV label, with 25% more applications in one year. This label is awarded following a demanding selection process by experts and a national commission made up of independent professionals. Once again, the ISM got together to examine the application files and coordinate the work of the national commission, which assessed 454 files in 2016.

An energised image and an anniversary celebrated around various high points
To raise the profile of the EPV label on its ten-year anniversary, the ISM notably organised and supported numerous activities across the entire country, particularly on the themes of craft and gastronomy-based tourism. The first year of the Journées des Savoir-Faire d'Excellence (Excellence in Savoir-Faire Days), the opening of EPV workshops to the public and a parliamentary meeting all took place. Exceptional restaurants were also presented in several French towns during the Fête de la Gastronomie or Festival of Gastronomy.

International support for EPVs

The ISM has also implemented, along with Business France and in partnership with the DGE (General Competitiveness Authority), a programme of activities abroad (London, Shanghai), from inviting international prescribers to France and offering training to exports for companies with the label. Along with French Chambers of Commerce abroad, the ISM has also organised personalised meetings with experts in South-East Asia.

Support for companies' economic development
In 2016, the ISM continued with its objective to support EPVs by strengthening its partnerships, particularly with Parsons School Paris, getting economic and financial bodies involved (Bpifrance, etc.) and leading its network of partners.

31 January 2017