According to journal L’Expansion, Bordeaux is now ranked as the second French “business friendly” city.
With the arrival of the high-speed train link to Bordeaux in 2017, the number of passengers expected at St Jean train station is 18 million. This will change the future of the entire Bordeaux region, which will then be 2 hours from Paris.
The Bordeaux agglomeration is therefore preparing for this with major development projects to support and structure the accelerated metropolisation of the Bordeaux region.
Bordeaux: 5th French city for executive level jobs
Bordeaux is a decision-making centre for the greater Southwest: 80% of employees work in the service sector and 75,000 jobs have been created in 20 years in metropolitan activities.
Students represent 10% of the population and the workforce is more qualified than the national average, with 1 employed person in 6 working at managerial level or as an engineer.
Financial and insurance activities are well represented, as are IT service centres, customer relations services, telecom services, consultants and engineering firms, as well as the wine trade, tourism, international conferences, e-commerce, consultancy and business support…
Bordeaux is also ranked 4th in France for the creative economy.
The Bordeaux agglomeration, 4th financial marketplace as a region
Bordeaux is ranked 4th in terms of finance, after Paris, Lyon and Marseille.
The larger banking and financial institutions and major insurance and private equity companies have decided to establish their regional or inter-regional headquarters in Bordeaux.
- the regional or inter-regional headquarters of all major banks and financial institutions: Banque Populaire, BNP Paribas, Caisse d’Epargne, Société Générale, Crédit Mutuel, Crédit Agricole, CIC, CCSO/Banque Pelletier, Barclays, Fortis, Caixa Geral de Depositos…;
- the headquarters of the major insurance and brokerage companies: Filhet-Allard Assurances, AMV – Assurances Moto Verte, Gan Prévoyance, AXA, AGF, Myriade…;
- the headquarters of private equity companies: Aquiti Gestion, Aqui-Invest, Aquitaine Création Investissement (ACI), l’association de Business Angels Finaqui, Galia Gestion…;
- the regional directorate of the Caisse des Dépôts.
In terms of higher education in banking, finance and insurance, there is also full provision in the Bordeaux region, from vocational diploma to Master’s level, with university courses (University of Bordeaux) or private business schools (INSEEC Group, BEM – Kedge …).
Major projects underway
Bordeaux Euratlantique is THE largest development project in the Bordeaux metro area. This future business and innovation district will be situated very close to the station which will link Bordeaux and Paris in 2 hours via a high-speed train line.
In 20 years, the population of this area should double, and 25,000 jobs may be created. This residential and commercial district of 738 hectares will have:
400,000 m2 of offices;
150,000 m2 of business premises;
40,000 m2 of commercial establishments;
15 to 20,000 new housing units.
Within Bordeaux Atlantique, a large number of development projects are scheduled:
- Cité Numérique will be an area which is specifically dedicated to practical expertise and digital initiatives (link to Digital industry ticket)
- the World Trade Center (WTC) which will bring together under one roof all international addresses
- MECA, the home of the culture and creative economy in Aquitaine
- the Parc de l’Intelligence Environnementale…
“The agglomeration is on course to be a business and innovation hub in the short and medium-term,” says Fabien Ferraza, expert at the Datar.
The great Bordeaux names: Laser Cofinoga, Cdiscount, Fihlet-Allard, Pouey International, Cap Ingelec, Aquitaine Valley, Cheops technology, I2S….