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 ?
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.