The French Heritage Code defines records as “all documents, regardless of their date, place of storage, form and medium, produced or received by any individual or legal entity and by any public or private service or organisation in the course of their activity” (Article L211). But records can have different statuses depending on their usefulness … Continued
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Today, the Association of French Archivists defines an archival collection as a set of documents that a person, natural or legal, has produced or received during their daily activities, collected in an organic way and preserved for future use. However, the concept of maintaining collections – of grouping records from a specific institution or person … Continued
How did you become a VIE at MOBILITAS? I studied at business school in France, and part of the programme was a work placement at Thales. At the time, I had to complete a semester of study abroad, so I lived in Shanghai for six months. I loved the experience. When I returned to France … Continued
Records management is a specialised field that requires expert attention. For this reason, the Zambian records management community, which includes banks, mining companies, local and international institutions, formed the Zambian Archives and Records Management Association (ZARMA). The association’s aim is to influence the drafting of the country’s records management regulations and ensure they meet international … Continued
Like Americans, Singaporeans celebrate their ghosts once a year, during the Hungry Ghost Festival, also known as Zhong Yuan Jie (中元节). According to tradition, the souls of the dead roam the earth and are likely to get up to mischief if ignored. To keep them in good spirits, the living present them with offerings over … Continued
It is the group’s first opportunity to own premises in Uganda since beginning operations in the country in 1995. “We are proud to strengthen our ties to a country in which we have already spent so many years,” commented Alain Taïeb, Chairman of the MOBILITAS Supervisory Board. “This acquisition, is a sign of our commitment … Continued
After studying history for five years and specialising in records management, I met Christian Chabrier, one of the founders of Arkhênum. I quickly joined the company as an operator, becoming the first employee. Over the years, I have become an expert in digitisation and have witnessed the evolution of technology and its use in our … Continued
The main cities attracting expatriates Known as the economic heart of Thailand, Bangkok is the preferred destination for expatriates looking for new opportunities. The bustling city is a world where modernity and tradition meet and home to 15.6 million people. Pattaya is the largest seaside resort in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Located in the province … Continued
As a master stonemason I worked on various prestigious restoration sites for five years before deciding to start a business in line with my values. My atypical career path led me to be crowned World Skills champion in 1991 in Amsterdam. AGP (Art Graphique & Patrimoine) was born in 1994 with the firm intention of … Continued
On 18 May, the MOBILITAS Group had the pleasure of finalising discussions with another family business, Courte & Fils, for the acquisition of Nouméa Archives and Nouméa GED. The deal follows negotiations that were conducted by both parties in a spirit of mutual trust and good will. MOBILITAS will strive to perpetuate the culture put … Continued
Why wait? Start your international career with the International Volunteers in Enterprise (VIE) programme! Available to French nationals and European Economic Area Citizens aged 18-28, this exciting scheme allows you to gain international work experience by working abroad. The family-owned MOBILITAS Group has supported the programme for many years by annually offering participants the chance … Continued
There’s a lot to consider before you move though! We’ve put together our top-10 tips to help you prepare for your move to the country the French call ‘L’Hexagone’. 1. Residency and Immigration Formalities Since the UK left the EU, it is true that moving to France has become more complicated for British citizens. … Continued
Moving to Canada is an exciting prospect, but before you do, there is an important question that needs answering. Which city will you call home? According to several quality-of-life rankings, many Canadian cities are attractive candidates. We look at the three that stand out as top picks for newcomers.
Congratulation to Sami Afankous! The AGS Movers VIE won the Performance Award on 30 March at the fifth edition of the Tunisia VIE Grand Prix. The event aimed to reward the best applications submitted by International Volunteers in Enterprise (VIE) who have been on assignment in the country since 1 January 2021. Applicants were evaluated … Continued
Of course, there are baguettes, fine wines, and ‘haute couture’… but beyond the stereotypes, French culture runs so much deeper, and the only way to understand it as an expat living in France is to be a part of it. Here is a rundown of ‘all things culture’ to help you soak it all up … Continued
The theatrical tradition pays homage to a small part of French history. Located off the coast of West Africa, the island nation of less than 200,000 inhabitants and 1,000km2 has for centuries been the shrine to France’s oldest medieval epic, La Chanson de Roland, which it revisits every year through traditional theatre, known as Tchiloli. … Continued
In just a few weeks, the series Squid Game redefined success for Netflix. The parable denouncing Korean society’s capitalist excesses set a new record, netting 111 million views in its first 28 days. Even the New York Times was surprised by the series’ global success, which came just one year after the movie Parasite, by … Continued
Who stands to benefit? The new impatriate tax regime is aimed at employees of multinational companies who are transferred from a foreign subsidiary to company headquarters in another country, in this case Belgium. These types of employees are known as impatriates. Under the new regime, two categories of impatriate employees will benefit: Employees or company … Continued
MOBILITAS again demonstrated on Friday 25 March 2022 that Côte d’Ivoire is a testing ground for the group. Vice-Chairman Paul Massardier inaugurated new state-of-the-art facilities in Yaou, in the presence of the town’s first deputy mayor, Sylvestre Toppé. Located some sixty kilometres from Abidjan, the logistics centre is constructed on an 18,000 m² plot of … Continued
Key websites British Club Bangkok Welcoming members from any country, this non-political and non-denominational association is very popular with Bangkok’s English-speaking community, helping newcomers to adapt to life in Thailand. Members can register for events and outings, participate in lunches and drinks, and benefit from special rates with the association’s partners. Bangkok accueil serves … Continued
The three-stages theory is a fundamental principle of modern archival science. Archivists sort, file and process records to ensure their preservation and safe keeping. To do this, they classify each record into one of three stages, depending on its lifespan. The three stages of records management Electronic files or physical documents that are newly … Continued
During the early stages of the pandemic, many companies rearranged their offices to comply with public health regulations, spacing out employees’ desks or investing in new furniture. “We experienced a real boom in our office relocation and records management activities,” says Régis Serrière, PELICHET’s strategic development director. “Companies needed help managing both their offices and … Continued
Management consulting firm McKinsey and Co. coined the term the global ‘War for Talent’ more than two decades ago to describe the talent shortage that multinational corporations in the USA and Europe faced as baby boomers began to retire. Thanks to the lower birth rates of younger generations, there were just not enough workers to … Continued
Comprising high mountains, open prairies, boreal forests and arctic tundra, the diversity of the Canadian landscape is no coincidence. As the second largest country in the world, Canada’s many regions are shaped by dramatically contrasting weather conditions. It is impossible to settle in Canada without considering how the four seasons will impact your daily life. … Continued
Through its heritage division, the MOBILITAS Group is stepping up its work in preserving and promoting cultural, artistic, and historical heritage. During a visit to the French National Assembly in February 2022, Alain Taïeb, Chairman of the MOBILITAS Supervisory Board, confirmed the group’s support for the developments in the Eure-et-Loir department. In a first for … Continued
Best addresses in Thailand Our favourite organic farm: Sansiri Backyard, in the heart of Bangkok. https://www.facebook.com/SansiriBackyard/ Our favourite market: Chatuchak, north of Bangkok, is an experience in itself. With 8,000 stalls selling everything from plants and antiques to animals and books, it is hailed as the largest market in Southeast Asia. https://www.chatuchakmarket.org/ For the shopaholics: … Continued
Considered by the BBC World Service to be one of Africa’s best, the festival combines music, dance, and theatre to promote Swahili culture in all its diversity. Sauti za Busara, which means ‘Sounds of Wisdom’ in Swahili, showcases diverse genres, from taarab, the most popular form of music in Zanzibar, to hip-hop. Every summer, the … Continued
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Le Canada constitue un pays où il fait bon vivre et à la qualité de vie exemplaire. Mais avant de vous installer là-bas, mieux vaut bien connaître ce qui fait aujourd’hui l’originalité de cette Nation.
The southern African nation is home to half the continent’s elephants, almost 130 000, tens of thousands of which entered the country from neighbouring Angola during its 27-year civil war which ended in 2002. A safe passage home In recent years, increasing conflicts with farmers and shortages of food and water have led the Botswanan … Continued
Shortly after he arrived in Prague, Czech Republic, French ex-semi-professional footballer Andrew Argent founded League5. Borrowing from a similar concept in France, the company specialises in organising sporting events around the city. A uniquely local touch is the expat kids football club that Andrew runs on Sunday mornings. “Our aim is to increase the children’s … Continued
By investing in the Aix-based company, the MOBILITAS Group has given new impetus to the growth of its physical and digital records management division. The objective is now to turn the French gem into an essential player in geospatial data. At the Aerosud trade fair, Diginove took part in a round table on how to … Continued
Titled Art for the Arch, the black-tie affair raised funds through the auction of works donated by esteemed South African, Namibian, Zimbabwean and UK artists. As a partner in the event, the French Embassy of South Africa called on the French-owned AGS Group to ship the pieces from Johannesburg to the foundation’s Cape Town headquarters, … Continued
Against a backdrop of sand dunes, the International Sahara Festival celebrated its 54th edition from 25 to 28 December 2021. Set in the town of Douz, on the edge of the Sahara, it is a celebration of the Mrazigs, a nomadic desert tribe synonymous with the Arab-Berber cultures in Tunisia. The festival began in 1910 … Continued
How did you come to work for AGS? After completing my studies in business administration, accounting, and finance in London in 2009, I started working in SMEs, doing auditing and accounting. When I returned to Guinea-Bissau in 2017, I wanted to take on both an operational and managerial role. I submitted my CV to a … Continued
The preservation and promotion of our heritage is the number one mission of the MOBILITAS Group’s heritage division. On the occasion of a masterclass, organised at the end of November, Alain Taïeb, Laurent Onainty and Gaël Hamon reminded us of this during a journey to the heart of the often unknown and hitherto unexploited treasures of French heritage.
“Fresh out of university, I read The Millennial Project, by Marshall T. Savage. The first chapter proposes self-sufficient floating islands to house the growing global population, and I was fascinated by the idea,” he remembers. “It started me on a career focused on self-contained sustainability.” But, as Jon soon realised, ensuring sustainable supplies of water, … Continued
Tahiti in May, Côte d’Ivoire in September, in the space of a few months the MOBILITAS Group has begun to develop its international heritage division, the group’s new strategic target. The expansion further diversifies our global service offering and complements our other strategic activities, namely removals, records management, and relocation. The heritage division brings together … Continued
The challenges of working for a family-owned company may differ from the challenges at other companies. Therefore, the needs of employees are also different. This was the starting point that led to the creation of the ALETIA training organisation (Alliance des ETI Agiles). Six family-owned and operated French companies wanted to offer their employees training … Continued
According to Kristal Parcon, head of the awards committee, winning an award this year was “no mean feat”. Launched in 1989, the Go Global awards recognise organisations that drive the global economy through innovation, technology, and strategy. The panel of judges, made up of international business leaders, received more than 6,146 applications in total from … Continued
Are you planning a visit to Canada to check its potential as your new home? If you are a French, Belgian or Swiss national, the good news is that you don’t need a tourist visa. However, you will need an Electronic Travel Certificate. This document, which can be completed online, is linked to your passport. … Continued
Hanoi is known to be very welcoming of foreigners and benefits greatly from its geographical location and proximity to China. The city is overtaking Bangkok, Singapore, and Hong Kong, which have become too expensive for many. It also provides direct access to all regions of the country and is increasingly establishing itself as an economic … Continued
Arkhênum, one of the leaders in heritage digitisation in Europe, has reached a new milestone. Based in Bordeaux since 1999, the company is now heading for the international market. It recently opened new permanent preservation and digitisation centres in Geneva and Berlin. “Our wish is to better serve heritage wherever it is,” says Laurent Onainty. … Continued
After receiving the Légion d’Honneur in 2019, this accolade from IAM is another acknowledgement of Joëlle Castro’s unique career. Beyond her professional activities, which led her to hold numerous positions within the family-owned MOBILITAS Group and to be a member of its board of directors since 2016, she is above all a woman dedicated to … Continued
When we talk about the largest city in the world, it is important to be specific: the largest by surface area or the largest by number of inhabitants? While Eeyou Istchee James Bay (Canada) seems to be the winner in terms of surface area, covering no less than 335,818 km2, Tokyo wins in terms of … Continued
This distinction is an achievement for the Executive Relocations’ team, who for more than 30 years has managed employees’ domestic and global mobility on behalf of companies worldwide. In France, Executive Relocations benefits from a local network of 10 regional offices with over 200 expert consultants. Internationally, a network of 300 certified partners across 55 … Continued
For more than a century, the southwest county has hosted the Cheese-Rolling Festival, a unique competition set atop Cooper’s Hill, in Gloucerstershire, that attracts thousands of spectators. The principle is simple: on the last Monday in May, a wheel of six-month-old Double Gloucester, 30cm in diameter and weighing almost four kilos, is rolled from the summit. … Continued
Since 2017, the French Government has placed disability among the top priorities of its five-year term. Many non-profit organisations are taking action to assist people with disabilities. Among them, Handi Defis, a Guadeloupean organisation that supports the disabled and changes preconceptions by challenging stereotypes.
Electronic records management is not to be confused with an IT management solution, nor a computer backup; it is a records management solution. Indeed, digital records management preserves the legal value of digital files, from their creation until the end of their retention period. Far from data storage or backups, electronic records management is an … Continued
Guillaume Dehem was one of the first graduates to work for AGS in Africa as part of the VIE program, short for “Volontariat International en Entreprise” a French international internship programme. Since then, the AGS Ivory Coast manager has taken on many challenges on the continent.
AGS Nantes managed a complicated and unprecedented customer request: shipping four vehicles from Bolivia back to France after the pandemic forced their adventurous owners to return home. The complex operation lasted one year. We look back at the facts.
Bastille Day, is celebrated each year in Kenya. To mark the occasion, AGS Kenya, together with the French Embassy, the French Chamber and several other French-owned companies gifted hampers of French products to various Kenyan partners and public institutions to celebrate the French-Kenyan relationship.
Keeping your documents in paper format or opting for digitisation is a choice that many companies must make before entrusting their documents to a specialised company. But the choice can be less radical: opting for a mixed solution.
In mid-April, the AGS Marseille team faced an unprecedented challenge: a swarm of invading bees. Aware of the plight of these insects the world over, the team went out of their way to save them, and with great success.
In his five years living in the country, Marc Guyonnaud has never faced a situation like this. The head of AGS Myanmar and his teams had to deal with the covid pandemic in 2020 and, since February 2021, with a local climate marked by significant tension and violence. In these circumstances, the teams have managed … Continued
In Kuala Lumpur, Cyril Quenneville, the head of AGS Malaysia, is leading numerous initiatives to get closer to expatriate families and turn AGS into a key local player.
By investing in the start-up Diginove, the Mobilitas Group reinforces its offer in the field of document processing and pledges to make this
French geospatial data management jewel shine internationally.
What makes the races unusual is that the camels are mounted with robots and controlled remotely by their herders.
The word digitisation might be of very recent origin; it is nonetheless becoming more and more essential to the management of information and records.
Across the Caribbean, February and March mark the beginning of Carnival festivities.
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the two words fell in place together, but as early as 1780, they appear in Old French in the work published by the French mathematician Alexis-Jean-Pierre Paucton, Métrologie ou Traité des mesures, poids et monnaies (Treatise of Measures, Weights and Coinage).
We honour the memories of three charismatic entrepreneurs and FRIENDS of our industry and thank them for their guidance.
The ability to retrieve a filed document at any given moment is a challenge for every business. To help your company streamline this process, companies like AGS Records Management offer to optimise the management of your stored documents.
The French Public Investment Bank (BPI) and Business France on 9 February 2021 launched an accelerator programme aimed at promoting the development of 25 French SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) in Africa.
These days, indexing is the act of cataloguing and labelling the individual units of an archival collection, but the word first held a very different meaning.
The Mobilitas Group has further developed its physical and electronic document management division with the acquisition of Pro Archives Systems, a leading French physical and electronic document management enterprise with 27 secure storage sites, 15 of which are approved for the preservation of public records
Hong Kong: a moving moment. Our team honours retiring Master Packer for 36 years of service
AGS Vietnam gives it their all
In what is fast becoming an AGS Vietnam tradition, Branch Manager Kevin Hamilton again participated in the annual Saigon Children Charity Cycle Adventure (CCA) in 2020. The race was his fourth since he first entered the competition in 2017. The participants raised a record USD 117 000 for the cause during the 2020 event. … Continued
At a time when customers expect ever greater speed and responsiveness, companies need to be able to respond with agility. Retrieving an archive should not be difficult and should not affect the productivity of the company. It is therefore in companies’ best interest to archive their documents and do so in a well-considered manner.
The group intends to consolidate its position as a major mobility player in the country with the opening of new sites and the expansion of its physical and digital document archiving activities.
Giving young people a chance has always been part of the AGS DNA, one of the brands of the Mobilitas Group’s removals business.
Beginning 1 January 2021, Brexit will trigger many changes in immigration and mobility between the European Union and the United Kingdom. To make it easier for foreign workers to travel and settle across the Channel, they can already apply for visas now.
Made famous in French by the poet and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, the word “inventory” has long been used by literature and law. Now it covers very different meanings in different fields.
Moving is a big step in life, both personally and logistically. People even continue to move during COVID, only the approach requires a bit of extra planning and preparation. Removals for individuals and businesses are still allowed. For example, the French government even permitted removals during the lockdown of 30 October 2020, considering them to … Continued
When AGS Togo driver Lambert retired after 24 years of unbroken service, it was the first going away party Branch Manager Emilie Ducert had had to organise in a long time
Work is almost complete on the new records management centre commissioned by the AGS Group for construction just outside the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
As son and grandson of the founders of the MOBILITAS Group, Alain Taïeb and his nephew, Cédric Castro, were invited to speak at the latest Family Business Network (FBN) event, held virtually on 17 September 2020
Digitisation can give new life to archives that once lay dormant on shelves
AGS Records Management has teamed up with a non-profit to support children and upskill women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
AGS Tanzania and AGS Germany teamed up to transport an unusual and unique cargo from Tanzania to Germany.
The retention of company records is not a choice, it’s a requirement. Throughout the world, governments require corporations to keep their accounting records for specified periods, in some cases up to 10 years, but that’s only half the story. Whether or not a company is required by law to retain documents, the ability to retrieve … Continued
We offer our deep support and solidarity to you and your family during these unusual times. At AGS, the health and safety of our colleagues, our clients, our partners and the communities we live in have always been a priority. As governments around the world put measures in place to contain this global health crisis, … Continued
Victor Roussel, a Volontaire International en Entreprise (international corporate volunteer) at AGS Douala in Cameroon, won the Performance and Integration category of the Grand Prix VIE Award for Central Africa on 26 November 2019. The Awards ceremony was held at the Consul General’s residence in Douala. (picture : From left to right: Pascal Louchelart, Vice-Chairman of … Continued
AGS Morocco was selected by the Foundation for Development of the Contemporary African Culture (FDCCA) to transport artworks as part of a travelling exhibition of contemporary art across the African continent. AGS Morocco was selected by the Foundation for Development of the Contemporary African Culture (FDCCA) to transport artworks as part of a travelling exhibition … Continued
Victor Roussel, a VIE, Volontaire International en Entreprise (International Corporate Volunteer) at AGS Douala, together with other VIEs in Cameroon, completed the half-marathon of the Douala International Marathon on 27 October 2019. The VIE programme enables young French graduates to go on a professional assignment in French companies and organisations around the world. The mission … Continued
As part of the exhibition “The black model, from Géricault to Picasso”, AGS Guadeloupe was tasked to take charge of the transportation of works of art from the airport to the Memorial ACTe. The Caribbean Centre for Expression and Remembrance of Trafficking and Slavery (Memorial ACTe) in Guadeloupe is welcoming an awe-inspiring exhibition dedicated to … Continued
Ten members of AGS Paris teamed up to compete in the Paris 10K road race in the heart of the French capital. A team from AGS Paris took part in the 9th Paris 10K on Sunday, 9 June 2019. Sponsored by Adidas for the second year in a row, this ten-kilometre race takes place right … Continued
The AGS Polish branch installed an inflatable truck for the delight of children at this year’s French high school party in Warsaw. AGS Warsaw participated in the year-end party of the French Lycée of Warsaw, under a beautiful early summer sun. The party, which took place on 29 June 2019, is a very popular … Continued
AGS Paris supports associations that help families of children with rare diseases as part of its partnership with the French military Cross-country Championship. As a partner of the French military, AGS Paris recently participated in the Cross-country Championship which took place at the Beynes Camp in Yvelines. The event gathered the 250 best … Continued
More than thirty AGS Paris staff members, supported by branch managers from the French Overseas Territories, were present at the Foire de Paris 2019. AGS Paris has once again risen to the occasion and represented the group at this year’s Foire de Paris. This major European exhibition celebrated its 14th year and was held at … Continued
Steve Jordan interviews Jöelle Castro, France’s newest Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. On 22 October, Jöelle Castro, Director of Mobilitas, the group that embraces such iconic industry names as AGS, Stuttafords and Pelichet, was presented with the award Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by the French government. I was keen to learn … Continued
Pickfords Port Elizabeth is proud to be one of the main partners of a new campaign to collect everyday essentials in aid of the poor and marginalised in the city. The campaign, which is organised by Love Story, a local relief organisation, will take place over the next four months. Established in 2012, … Continued
In a recent article published in The Mover Magazine, MOBILITAS Group Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Alain Taïeb discussed the group’s continued focus on asset acquisition, price competition and the competition of online companies. MOBILITAS started as a small moving company named AGS in 1974 and has since grown to become one of the … Continued
Over the last few years, the outsourcing of physical and digital archiving has been trending. What are the reasons behind the enthusiasm shown by public and private entities?
Samuel Mergui, the international manager for records management in the Mobilitas Group, enlightens us.
After Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, AGS is preparing itself for the deployment of its project in Laos. Thus, by covering the entire Indochinese peninsula, AGS will be the sole service provider in South East Asia to offer unrivalled relocation and record storage services for private individuals and companies. The group is currently booming.
Present in the continent’s 54 countries since 2016, the group has invested in, recruited, trained and developed, country after country, region after region, speciality after speciality.
A removal company at the beginning, Mobilitas is pursuing its objectives and is investing today for tomorrow in its new activities, relocation and physical and digital storage of documents and archives.