Beth Nicholson

As a child of parents who met and lived in Greece, having a home in Crete and having studied in Grenoble France, Beth has always felt more at home in those countries than the UK. In November 2017 she moved permanently to Charente, France. Since then she has managed minor renovations on her home, established herself as an integral part of her commune and re-established her Operations consultancy in France. Through Kalitera she provides business improvement and project management services to small businesses here as well as administrative support to individuals. You can read Beth's blog here at

Articles by Beth Nicholson

French homeowners open their doors to Ukrainians

News and reports from the Ukraine conflict have been both heartbreaking and extremely troubling. But where there is misery and cruelty, there are always acts of kindness and hope to be found, nowhere more so than in France’s welcome to refugees.

Networking and making friends in France

Networking and making friends after moving countries can be a daunting challenge, especially if you’re a little shy. So here are some tips and ideas on how to re-build your networks in France after you’ve moved there.

Government plan to keep French energy prices down

The global rise in energy costs has left no country untouched, but a radical new government plan should keep French energy prices in check. On the other hand, it could also lead to strikes by power workers…

The complicated business of planning permission in France

With property in France being of relatively good value compared to the UK, expat buyers are often surprised by what they can afford. However,  the constraints and challenges surrounding planning permission in France can make embarking on your dream projects a tricky business.

Can you work remotely from the French countryside?

Whilst many come to live in France as retirees to live out their golden years, lots of us are not yet of that age and must still work for a living! So, what are the important things to know about remote working in France?