WTC Lille and Lille Arras

Hauts de France: a strategic position

  • At the heart of a triangle London / Paris / Brussels
  • In the heart of the leading European market: 78 million consumers and € 1500 billion in purchasing power
  • At the heart of an international-level transport network: high-speed trains, highways, airlines, shipping lines and fluvial.
152
billion euros (2011) of regional GDP
3
French region hosting foreign investment for 20 years,
1900
foreign companies established
4
the French exporting region,
French region the youngest

Hauts de France is an ideal solution for customers and employees: proximity to major international airports, Northern Europe at 1h30 by train, direct connection with the United Kingdom.

Hauts de France is easy access for goods import and export flows: important road, rail, sea, river and air networks.

Hauts de France is an ideal environment to develop your business in the European market. The strong presence of international companies, a stable economy and a large pool of qualified employment offer a privileged ecosystem for companies coming to settle there.

 

High-performance business sectors:

  • Mobility: Lille region is in the top three of the French regions in the sectors of rail, automotive and logistics,
  • Health – nutrition – agro-food,
  • Eco-activities,
  • ICT: internet, multimedia, ecommerce and retail,
  • Advanced Materials: technical textiles, green chemistry , …,
  • Customer Services.

 

A lively and dynamic region, offering a real quality of life:

  • Culture (Louvre-Lens, UNESCO World Heritage belfries, Lille, capital of culture,…),
  • Sport (world-class sports facilities, 11,000 clubs, 21 golf courses, 5000km of hiking trails…),
  • Tourism (preserved natural heritage, major events (Lille 3000, Dunkirk carnival,…).

A few figures:

  • Regional GDP of 152 billion euros (2011),
  • 3rd French region for receiving foreign investments for 20 years
  • 900 foreign companies established
  • 4th French exporting region
  • Youngest French region
  • 200 000 students in 9 universities, 35 prestigious schools and 10 business and management schools.
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