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Lyon, France’s most business-friendly city

By choosing to set up or develop your business in Lyon, you are investing in one of Europe’s most attractive métropoles; it is a competitive destination that is open to the world. Each year, Lyon attracts ever more companies. In 2015, 92 new companies chose Lyon and were supported by Aderly, The Economic Development Agency for the Lyon Area.


French city for executives


among most attractive cities for foreign investment

new investment projects in 2015 by Aderly


Why not join them? Discover 10 good reasons to choose Lyon!

1/ A city with a thriving economy: 

Lyon has over 2,1 million inhabitants (urban area) and offers an attractive environment in which to set up and develop companies. 60% of Europe’s decision-makers chose Lyon as their alternative French city to Paris.

2/ An ideal location in the heart of Europe: 

Thanks to excellent transport infrastructure, Lyon is under 2 hours away from all major European cities and you can fly to over 115 destinations from Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport.

3/ Fields of excellence:

Life sciences and green-technologies are the pillars of Lyon’s industrial dynamic with many leading companies in these fields. Each sector now has its own international competitive clusters: Lyon Biopôle and Axelera.

4/ A pool of expertise and talent:

Lyon has a wealth of higher-education establishments and renowned schools enabling companies to find and recruit qualified personnel. As such, the city attracts 144,500 students, 10% of whom are international.

5/ an innovative city at the cutting edge of technology:

The city’s major research and higher-education establishments testify to its innovation capabilities, with 13,300 researchers and some 600 laboratories… not forgetting that thetotal sum spent on R&D in the Rhone-Alpes region is more than the combined investments of Finland, Denmark, Madrid and Barcelona in R&D.

6/ Impressive urban projects:

These projects reinforce Lyon’s attractiveness on an international scale, such as the Lyon Part-Dieu project to transform this neighbourhood into one of Europe’s reference business districts with a diverse and comprehensive business property offer. The Lyon-Confluence project is one of Europe’s biggest urban projects to develop a city centre.

7/ Competitive business property prices in Europe:

2nd business park in France, Lyon is an interesting alternative to Paris with prices that are 30% lower on average.

8/ An exceptional quality of life:

Lyon is the 2nd happiest region in all of France according to the Indice Relatif du Bonheur (happiness index). It attracts visitors thanks to its exceptional heritage and its rich cultural offer, as well as its ideal location between the sea and the mountains.

9/ Lyon Smart City:

The city’s goal is to bring together a dynamic economy and sustainable development by investing in experiments to create innovative services and uses.

10/ They chose Lyon!

Why not join international companies, such as Emirates, Renault Trucks, Sanofi Pasteur, bioMérieux, Boiron, Manitowoc, Euronews…and come to Lyon!

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