The best place to invest

An ecosystem at the heart of Northern Europe

Ranked among the top three most attractive regions for real estate costs...

Lille is located at the crossroads of four major European capitals (it is only 1 hour from Paris, 1 1/2 hours from London, 40 minutes from Brussels and 2 1/2 hours from Amsterdam by high-speed train). This location is a strategic asset, positioning Lille at the centre of the most heavily populated and wealthiest area in Europe.

... and among the top five european major cities for competitive operating costs

Our real estate is among the most competitive in terms of estate and operating costs compared to our main European competitors. Our numerous reserved areas are ready to welcome new companies or allow further extensions.

Why invest in France ?

SPEED OF SET-UP

In 2014, only 4.5 days were required to found a company in France, versus 6 in the UK and 14.5 in Germany (Doing Business, World Bank).

FRANCE: A HAVEN FOR RESEARCHERS

France has a high proportion of R&D personnel: with 9.2 researchers per thousand labor force in 2011, France is ranked among the leading countries in the world. (OECD, Main Science and Technology Indicators, 2014)

Twelve of the 55 Fields Medals (often described as the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics”) have been awarded to French mathematicians.

DYNAMIC NETWORK OF INNOVATION CLUSTER

France’s 71 innovation clusters of which 18 are world-class, are attractive ecosystems for foreign investors. In 2012, 606 foreign-owned companies belonged to innovation clusters. According to the TNS-Sofres survey, 91% of those polled say that France’s innovation clusters were a factor in their company’s decision to set up R&D operations in the country.

RENOWNED BUSINESS SCHOOLS

Eighteen French establishments in the global rankings of the 70 best Management Master’s degree programs, including two of the top three: HEC and ESSEC. (Financial Times, 2014)

FRANCE: A HAVEN FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

With more than 289,000 students enrolled in higher education, France is also the third leading host country in the world for foreign students after the United States and the United Kingdom. (Campus France, 2014).