The numbers say it all

Fastest industrial growth rate

We build the world's biggest cruise ships here, and we also have expertise in cutting edge biotechnology innovation. Nantes & Saint-Nazaire are a leading industrial hub, in shipbuilding (largest in France), in aerospace (second largest Airbus site) and in agri-food. We are home to major industrial groups such as Les Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Airbus, Alstom and Eurofins, which are growing alongside an innovative and creative sector represented by the many start-ups in digital tech and the cultural and creative industries. 

More than 6,000 industrial jobs were created in Nantes & Saint-Nazaire between 2009 and 2017, the strongest job growth in this sector in France.

Fastest job growth in digital tech

In this dynamic economic sector, Nantes & Saint-Nazaire posts a growth rate that is five times the national average. In digital tech, we have the fast job growth in France, with more than 1,000 jobs created each year. 

One million people

As proof of the dynamic economy, Nantes & Saint-Nazaire is experiencing strong population growth, expected to increase to one million people by 2030. Boosted by this dynamism, the city is boldly taking on aspirational urban revitalization projects, including the Euronantes business district near the train station (2 hours from Paris), a new University Hospital and the Creative Arts District on the Ile de Nantes, as well as the waterfront redevelopment in Saint-Nazaire.

Together, we can go further!

Competitiveness hubs, business clusters, associations, institutions, financial support and networking ... The following entities are ready to swing into action for you, working together to help your business plan get implemented faster in the Nantes & Saint-Nazaire area. 
1.Nantes Saint-Nazaire Développement (a local agency helping businesses settle in the Nantes and Saint-Nazaire area)
2.CCI Nantes St-Nazaire (the Nantes and Saint-Nazaire Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
3.Centre de formalités des entreprises (the public entity for business registration)
4.Atlanpole (a business incubator for new firms in western France)
5.Quartier de la Création (a creative business district on the Ile de Nantes)
6.Nantes Entreprises Dans Ma Poche (a networking and information-sharing agency for local businesses)

Everything goes faster

"Here, there is an effective network that opens doors," say the entrepreneurs who left Paris to start and grow their businesses in Nantes & Saint-Nazaire. "Two hours from Paris, without the high cost, and with the beach as a bonus!" Each year, more and more people are relocating to the Land of the Bold. Join them !

Nantes Saint-Nazaire supports you

Entrepreneurs, investors, talents and professional event planners – the international economic development agency is at your service to help you get things done in Nantes or Saint-Nazaire.

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