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My business has plans for expansion in Europe. What has Northern France got to offer?
Northern France is a region open to the world, with proven international appeal. It is a preferred destination for foreign direct investment in France, and a host of businesses with world-wide reach have already chosen the Lille area for their European base. It is also France's no.3 region for exports.
Northern France is strategically located in Europe's economic heartland, with 100 million people-25% of the European population-living within a radius of 300 kms or less than 200 miles.
Northern France has the youngest population of any French region
160,000 students out of a population of 4 million France's no.2 district for primary and secondary educationFrance's no.2 center for higher education10% of French engineers are trained in the region
Lille offers outstanding research resources
excellence in public research through leading institutions, including universities, engineering institutes and other specialized organizations6,500 researchers and teacher/researchers, 300 public and para-public laboratories, plus private industrial research centers
Northern France offers exceptional quality of life.
What support can I get for setting up in Northern France?
A full, varied range of attractive tax advantages and financial support, with tax and legal structures matching your needs
Labor law attuned to business realities and employee rights
What are the special strengths of Lille region in manufacturing and other economic sectors?
Over 126,000 businesses area based in the Lille area
Extremely diverse, they testify to the vigor of the region's economy and its capacity to adapt. Northern France combines strengths in industry, agriculture and commerce with loyalty to tradition and a rich cultural and social heritage.
The Lille area has won official recognition for six Competitiveness Clusters - pôles de competitivité - as part of France's new strategy for industrial development over the next 30 years. They are i-Trans (Rail Technologies for Transport Systems); Seafood Resources; Nutrition and Healtcare Cluster; Commerce and Trade; garments and technical textiles with the Up-Tex project; and Housewares.
Centers of excellence
Northern France offers a rich store of expertise and experience in manufacturing, trade and services - logistics, automobitive, railway, life-sciences, food industry, eco-industry, customer relations, mail order and e-commerce.
NFI - Northern France INVEST - your partner for success
We are the economic development agency for Northern France.
We help investors from France, other parts of Europe and around the world make a successful move to Northern France.
To this end, NFI -Northern France Invest offers personalized, fully-confidential services entirely free of charge.
NFI -Northern France Invest draws on the support of international and regional networks to optimize conditions for investment and business development.
Expert advisers with in-depth knowledge of individual business sectors and local structures are on hand to help you make the right decisions.
Our commitment to quality is reflected in certification under ISO 9002.