in a region enjoying sustained growth
In 2015 Bordeaux was France’s 2nd most attractive metropolitan area for business leaders.
The statistics speak volumes in the cutting-edge sectors which form the basis of the local economy in Bordeaux and the surrounding region:
- 59,000 jobs in the aeronautics and space sector;
- +26,000 jobs in the healthcare and biotech sector;
- a dynamic digital community comprising some 7,300 companies and 24,000 jobs;
- France’s 4th largest financial centre.
Bordeaux is also one of France’s most dynamic cities in terms of the intensity of investment:
- 5.5 billion for the Bordeaux-Euratlantique project, a new business district covering an area of 700 hectares centred around the St. Jean train station, as the high-speed train line is extended to connect Paris to Bordeaux in record time.
- 538 million for Operation Campus, creating a new-look University of Bordeaux;
- 110 million for a new bridge across the River Garonne, Pont JJ. Bosc (2019).
And future cultural facilities : Cité du Vin (2016), New Concert Hall (2017), Musée de la Mer (2016)…
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Simple travel and accessibility
Bordeaux is the 6th largest urban centre in France, a metropolis at the heart of an efficient, internationally-connected network of transport and communications infrastructures;
Open to iberian Peninsula, the city is connected to 5 motorways.
The Bordeaux-Mérignac international airport offers flights to 86 destinations worldwide, with annual passenger numbers of 5 million (for 2015) and rising.
Bordeaux-Saint-Jean train station, meanwhile, is used by 10 million passengers each year. This figure should nearly double from 2017 onwards as the arrival of the high-speed line puts Paris just a two-hour train ride away from Bordeaux.
The region’s public transport network has evolved and expanded considerably in recent years, with a user experience made more intuitive and efficient by innovative ICT and ticketing systems.
Use of the tram and bus services has increased by 95% over the past 12 years.
highly-qualified employees, attract and retain the best talent
Bordeaux is home to a large student population – 82,000 with an annual growth rate of 3%; the University of Bordeaux is the country’s third largest university outside Paris in terms of student numbers.
Every year the metropolis produces over 4,200 engineering graduates.
18 engineering schools and grandes écoles, 3 business schools and other specialist institutions, particularly in the digital sector, complete the rich and diverse array of high-quality educational resources on offer, with an especially strong focus on sectors such as biotechnologies, materials sciences, cognitive technology, ICT and 3D technologies…
a part of this innovative environment
Bordeaux region is home to 115 laboratories and 13,000 researchers, ¾ of whom are based in the Bordeaux metropolitan area.
Bordeaux is one of the leading forces in France’s ‘campus for excellence’ initiative, with 700 million Euros from the Future Investments programme and 7 officially-recognised excellence clusters.
This combination of economic dynamism and burgeoning innovation provides a rich pool of talent and skills for various business sectors and technological domains which will be crucial in the future: advanced materials, green chemistry, location tracking, drones, virtual reality, e-health, video games and mobile applications, innovation in winemaking…
Bordeaux is also ranked 1rst metropolitan area for company creation rate.
from superior visibility and access to an international market
The global renown of its wine ensures that the Bordeaux region enjoys a strong international reputation, a reputation now reinforced by the dynamic urban and economic development of this thriving metropolis.
Over the past 10 years the population of the Bordeaux Region has increased by 10%, while the Bordeaux metropolitan area continues to attract 10,000 new residents each year, of which 40% are between the ages of 20 and 40.
In 2030, the metropolis is expected to hit the million resident mark.
Bordeaux is also uniquely well-placed to tap into the regional and cross-border European market:
- 14 million inhabitants within a radius of 300 km;
- 62 million inhabitants within a radius of 500 km;
- 103 million inhabitants within a radius of 1000 km;
- 300 million inhabitants within a radius of 1500 km.
into a dynamic local ecosystem
With 4 competitiveness clusters and 14 innovation hubs, the majority of economic sectors present in Bordeaux are structured to support local businesses.
This policy of support and coordination in key sectors is intended to boost the dynamism, synergy, openness and visibility of the local economy.
The awarding of FrenchTech status to Bordeaux’s flourishing community of digital start-ups is a clear indication of the rude health of this innovation ecosystem.
This renewal, firstly characterized by urban renovation with two landmark projects – the tramway and the quayside development including the famous “water mirror” – is now focusing on Bordeaux’s economy which is becoming increasingly dynamic. And Bordeaux is attracting top talents:
- The city to which Parisian senior executives would most like to relocate (Cadre emploi 2015);
- The second most attractive city for business leaders (Journal des Entreprises 2015);
- And in the last two years, Bordeaux has seen a boom in the creation of incubators and innovation accelerators for start-ups.
- Designated as a great destination to discover in 2016 by many foreign press publications: Forbes, BBC, New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, etc.
your business in an environment of undeniable, unbeatable quality
- Voted France’s most attractive city in terms of quality of life (Pwc, 2015);
- Voted European Best Destination 2015 ;
- Among the top 3 most “business friendly” cities;
There’s no denying it: Bordeaux offer a highly attractive quality of life: great lifestyle, rich heritage, varied landscapes, superb gastronomy etc.
Bordeaux is a metropolis built on a human scale, with a relatively low cost of living: among urban centres of comparable size, the city is ranked second in France in terms of residents’ purchasing power (Eurocost 2015).