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©Euralille|Laurent Javoy - Hello Lille
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©Euralille district Laurent Javoy|Laurent Javoy - Hello Lille
Imaginarium building at the Plaine Image in the Union district.Imaginarium building at the Plaine Image in the Union district.
©Imaginarium building at the Plaine Image in the Union district.|Pascaline Chombart - MEL
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©Euratechnologies Exterior Mathieu Lassalle

Located at the crossroads of Europe, Lille enjoys a strategic geographic position, 30 minutes from Brussels, 1 hour from Paris and 1h20 from London.
Since 1920, with the emergence of distance selling through La Redoute and Les 3 Suisses, Lille has been home to a large number of major retailers.

Lille, a superior tertiary sector location

A network of service companies quickly grew up around this activity: customer relationship management, banking establishments, marketing and communication services, IT, human resources, cybersecurity and insurance.

Thanks to this network of retail head offices and the strong family entrepreneurship they have fostered since their birth, the tertiary sector has become one of the most dynamic in the metropolis. Over 43,500 establishments in the region employ 110,000 people, representing almost 11% of the national workforce.

With over 107,000 establishments, including more than 70 head offices with over 500 employees, the Lille metropolitan area offers undeniable potential for service companies, not to mention the companies based in the region and on the Belgian border!

(sc Insee Sirene REE 2021) (sc CCI Grand Lille)

Why choose Lille?

A club dedicated to companies in the sector, Les Places Tertiaires, the hub of experts and decision-makers in Hauts-de-France: with over 250 members, the club’s mission is to make high value-added services a driving force for development, innovation and job creation.

More than 17,000 establishments, including 150 customer relations centers employing 10,000 people (sc CCI Hauts-de-France).

Lille Metropole accounts for nearly 60% of regional jobs in the sector, with 60,142 employees. It is the 4th largest metropolitan area in France (excluding Ile-de-France).

Operating costs in the service sector 14% lower than in other French cities and 23% lower than European competitors (sc NFI/EY 2020).

Dedicated support for companies in the sector, with a FinTech/InsurTech vertical within the EuraTechnologies site of excellence.

A dream talent pool, with 36% of the population under the age of 25.

Top-level higher education, with 56 masters and 27 bachelor’s degrees offered in the region (20 establishments). More than 500 graduates every year.

Lille A Financial Hub

France’s 2nd-largest financial center (after Paris), the Lille metropolitan area offers industrial, commercial and service companies a wide range of financial services. Nearly 80 establishments complete the banking sector’s range of services: all-risk coverage, credit insurance, surety companies, private equity and consumer credit. Most major French banks also have specific subsidiaries headquartered in the region, simplifying access to decision-makers.
In addition to this dense banking offer, the presence of numerous private equity players in the region offers you other sources of financing, depending on the sector of activity, the amount invested or the maturity of the company.
(Sc CCI Hauts-de-France)

  • 80 financial institutions
  • 69 credit institutions (13% of the total number in France)
  • 13 international banks
  • 1 regional delegation of the Banque de France
  • 35 regional head offices
  • Almost 18,000 jobs in legal and accounting activities
  • 11,100 employees in the banking sector
  • 2,000 bank branches

A pool of professionals highly qualified

As the 2nd largest sector in the tertiary sector, the insurance industry boasts a wealth of experience from the many players based in the region. The distribution of insurance products and the many pension and provident funds based in the region make it a prime location. The metropolis is also home to numerous regional offices of major French and foreign insurance groups. The insurance sector employs 7,800 people in Lille Metropole.


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