Set up your business in Lyon

5 reasons to move into Lyon's economic area

Lyon, France's 2nd largest metropolitan area, is today considered to be the country's most attractive city for entrepreneurs. It offers a number of advantages and is characterized by its exceptional economic vitality.
Discover the 5 strengths that make Lyon's economic area a European sector of the future.
The economic area of Lyon is:

A hub of excellence

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The Greater Lyon sector has 5 renowned competitive clusters, including 2 of worldwide renown.
- In addition to these innovation clusters, Lyon offers high-quality research infrastructures. With its two areas of excellence, "Life sciences" and "Cleantech", the city has one of the highest clinical and scientific concentrations in Europe.
- Not forgetting its increasingly attractive university, with 120,000 students, 500 research laboratories and 54 higher education institutions.

Urban projects for the future

Ever-changing, the Lyon region boasts innovative urban projects. Residential neighbourhoods, offices, businesses, superstructures, shopping malls... here are some of the most emblematic examples:

- The district of La Part-Dieu? France's 2nd largest tertiary hub is home to one of Europe's biggest downtown shopping centres and is soon to have two towers over 150 metres high.

- Vaise Digital hub? This cluster focuses on hosting companies specialised in information technology, communication and digital entertainment.

- Lyon Saint Priest Technology Park : Lyon's Technology Park houses high-tech firms working in the environment, biotechnology/healthcare, services and industrial engineering. In 2008, the Park enabled SERL to win the local public enterprise trophy (Discover the site)

- The future G-Sud business park in Genas: The program aims to develop approximately 117,000m² TNFA for mixed and tertiary activities, and a service hub.

A rich cultural heritage

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lyon is renowned across France and around the world for its history, monuments and architecture... but also for its many green areas, the Rhone and the Saone, the two rivers running through it, its hills, its traboules and, of course, its cuisine!

A 2-hour drive from the Alps and 1.5 hours from the Mediterranean by TGV, Lyon, former capital of the Gauls, is also home to many cultural events (The Festival of Light, Biennale de la Danse, International film festival, SIRHA, etc.)

Increasingly modern transport

Home to France's 2nd largest airport, Lyon is less than 2 hours from the major European capitals.
- Ideally located in the heart of Europe, the city also boasts 3 TGV stations, serving cities like Paris, Marseilles, Geneva, London, and Brussels every day. Its residents also enjoy an exceptional public transport network. Tramway, metro, bus, trolley bus... Everything has been designed to combine speed, efficiency and ecology for getting about town. The city also prioritises sustainable mobility, with its handy bike rental system, Vélo’V!

Supporting entrepreneurs

With over 50,000 companies of which 150 are world leaders, the Lyon area is among Europe's 10 biggest wealth-inducing regions. It is home to the head offices of 85 companies and public services with over 1,000 employees, and in 2007 saw the creation of 11,870 new companies. - Elected by l'Entreprise magazine as "the most attractive French city for businesses", Lyon has aided entrepreneurs for many years. In fact, a collective initiative to support economic development known as "Greater Lyon, the Spirit of Enterprise" was launched in 2004.

Each year, the Lyon Entrepreneur exhibition is organised: France's 2nd biggest fair for entrepreneurship (15,000 visitors, 150 exhibitors, 100 conference)? To make the Lyon region a flagship of the European economy, a modern and effective strategy has been put in place, known as "Only Lyon". An initiative supported by SERL from the outset. (Discover the site)

* Source of figures, Greater Lyon, Urban Community

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