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11 July 2016

Fives Cail: An innovative urban project

The Hauts de France region has the highest concentration of industrial brownfields in France. The Lille metro area has close to 160 of them that cover an area of approximately 400 hectares. Is this simply melancholy commentary or a new […]

10 June 2016

Centennial companies in northern France

100 years and more! They’ve survived wars and turmoil. What’s their secret? How have these centennial companies in northern France persevered over time and remained relevant to the economic discourse?   Stronger than the philosopher’s stone: resilience A dream for […]

16 June 2016

Shared services center: innovation through organization

From May 24 to 26, 2016, the 16th Annual European Shared Services & Outsourcing Week took place in Dublin. Claire Delcroix, International Business Associate, attended this special event.   Shared services: A shared services center is internal to a given […]

12 May 2016

Recyclivre: share your books with others

You may have noticed an orange van parked near your neighbor’s house or in front of an association you belong to. But what is it exactly? An ING Direct vehicle? Part of Orange’s fleet? An Alibaba rep? No, no and no! […]

28 April 2016

Pollutant expert ITGA sets up shop in Lille

On April 19, 2016, the Institut Technique du Gaz et de l’Air (ITGA) opened a new site in the Parc Scientifique de la Haute Borne in Villeneuve d’Ascq. The Rennes-based company is a subsidiary of the Carso group and specializes […]

16 March 2016

Dirigeant & Dérangeant: 2,300 business leaders meet in Lille

For this important biennial gathering of 3,000 business leaders, members of the national organization Les Entrepreneurs et Dirigeants Chrétiens – EDC (Christian Entrepreneurs and Executives), met for its 31st convention, in Lille, from March 11 to 13, 2016. Lille’s agency […]

29 January 2016

Lille climate tour #1 : Pocheco

The COP 21 ended on December 11 in Paris. We participated in this event to be able to meet up with men and women focused on environmentally responsible action. Within 60 years, the temperature will rise in Lille by 1.37° C […]

07 January 2016

Belgium sound expert Asona now in Lille

Does the noise at your favorite restaurant give you a headache? Are you overwhelmed by the racket in your apartment building? Asona helps people get the peace and quiet they need. Located in the Euralille business park, Asona provides superior […]

30 November 2015

Roubaix: November 25, 2015—a milestone in Blanchemaille

Blanchemaille welcomes innovative, connected commerce The town of Roubaix wanted to create a digital center for excellence focused on connected commerce. As a result, at the end of November, Blanchemaille inaugurated a 2000 m² space for project. This brings to […]

02 November 2015

Techshop Arrives in France

During World Forum 2015, we had the opportunity to meet up with Mark Hatch, co-founder and CEO of Techshop. A leader in the American maker movement, he shared his passion and the history of his company that is revolutionizing everyday […]

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Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 #BuildTheFuture

Organized by Ernst and Young and L’Express magazine, the Entrepreneur of the Year program* has honored the women and men who are part of the world of entrepreneurs for over 20 years. These champions of the business spirit are selected […]

21 September 2015

3 days devoted to social responsibility in Lille!

Don’t miss it! From October 20 to 22, meet us at Lille World Forum de Lille: the World Forum for a Responsible Economy for a compelling program and a wide variety of pertinent topics: Attend seminars, work groups, theme luncheons, […]

24 September 2015

Need a digital expert ? TeamInside open a new busness in Lille

Founded by Jean-Sébastien Hongre, a 15-year industry veteran, TeamInside provides client companies with digital strategy experts to fill out their internal teams during peak activity times, when specific skills are required or when a new project requires additional human resources. […]

07 September 2015

Be a good neighbor with VoisinMalin!

Public services lacking in declining neighborhoods 5 million French citizens live in underprivileged urban areas (Zones Urbaines Sensibles) where illiteracy, poverty, decaying housing infrastructure, unemployment and crime are growing problems. The deterioration of these neighborhoods causes public services to be […]

31 August 2015

#Lille, 4 Things To Know About This Summer Economy

Starbucks to Open in Euralille in September 2015 It’s a done deal! Starbucks is opening a kiosk location in the Euralille commercial center. This first event will likely be followed by the opening of another location in the city center […]

06 July 2015

Grow your business : plan your project – 3/4

3rd step out of 4 to grow your business is about planning your development project. The project scope identifies what needs to be accomplished for the project to be considered complete. Remember that plans are essential for ongoing project control […]

20 June 2015

HELPLINE now in Marcq-en-Barœul

The site opening on June 25, 2015, will be attended by Vincent Ledoux, Vice-President of Economic Development and Employment for the Lille Metro Area as well as Bernard Gérard, Mayor of Marcq-en-Barœul and national Deputy. At the event, HELPLINE will […]

02 June 2015

Digital testing leader StarDust opens Lille offices

Software quality assurance expert StarDust is pursuing its regional expansion strategy and has selected the Lille metro area for its dynamic landscape within the French business environment. Starting Monday, June 8, StarDust will open its doors in the Euratechnologies business […]

03 April 2015

L’olivier Assurances Honored

The French subsidiary of Britain’s Admiral Group opened a facility in Marcq-en-Barœul within the past year and just last month was awarded the title of a Best Workplace for 2015! The only insurance company selected, the company knows that happy […]

27 March 2015

Digital revolution: the new strategies of #Retailers

EDHEC Lille, one of France’s top four business schools, organized a conference on March 5th in honor of the founding of the Strategic Retail Management Club. The conference addressed the digital transformation that is taking place within the retail industry. […]

25 March 2015

ECP continues its development in Wambrechies

ECP, Entreprise pour la Conservation du Patrimoine (Company for the Conservation of Historic Assets) offers expert guidance on the conservation and restoration of stone building materials. Focusing on further growing its business, the company has opened an office in the […]

25 March 2015

Grand Lille à Paris: see what’s new!

Backed by Lille’s agency, the “made in Lille” networking group Grand Lille à Paris has a new team at the helm. It also just launched its new web site! Founded almost 10 years ago, Grand Lille à Paris (GLAP)’s goal […]

27 March 2015

The sharing economy: a new business model

In the last 15 years, we’ve experienced a sharp increase in collaborative consumption. What does that mean exactly? Who’s involved and how did we end up with this new economic model? Let’s take a look.   Your order has been […]

30 November -0001

3 reasons to invest in Lille for travel businesses

In our increasingly connected world, investors are more and more faced with complex choices when deciding what the right move is.   Formulate a glocal strategy has become vital Developing synergies between ICT and the tourism industry, while offering virtual […]

03 March 2015

Lille: sports and the business of innovation

Today, sports are everywhere in France. TV rights are exploding and the big sporting goods brands are constantly innovating. By hosting various athletic events, Lille and the surrounding area contribute to the international sports scene. The Lille metro area is […]

30 November -0001

Meet Lille’s agency & French retail experts at RBTE London

Retail Business Technology Expo, Europe’s largest retail event will take place next 10th and 11th of March at Olympia Grand in London. Come and discover thrilling retail experiences led by major French retail chains and innovative SMEs at New Shopping Experience’s Booth. […]

19 December 2014

A Web Platform to Support Investment in Eurometropolis

There’s no longer a border between Lille and Belgium! Created on January 28, 2008, the Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai Eurometropolis is a European Territorial Cooperation Group (ETCG). It brings together 147 French and Belgian communes and their 2.2 million inhabitants. The Eurometropolis agency […]

21 January 2015

Smarteo Water Leaves Paris for Roncq (Lille)

Created in June 2013, Smarteo Water is an up-and-coming company in an expanding industry: the management of community water networks throughout the country. Founded in Paris, Smarteo Water relocated to Roncq, near Lille in July 2014. The company’s goal is […]

09 December 2014

The International Imperative for Health Care and ICT

Lille’s business community benefits from unique centers for excellence. Each center focuses on a specific area and contributes to the Lille economy in its own way. Lille’s agency met with Etienne Vervaecke, the Director of Eurasanté, and Raouti Chehih, the […]

01 December 2014

Innovation in the distribution sector. Lille leads the way.

The distribution sector is constantly evolving, and distributors must respond quickly to external factors that significantly influence their companies. “Hyper-connected” consumers have access to a huge amount of data and can fully research their options, so distributors must respond immediately […]

01 December 2014

INFA joins BCD Travel in Euralille 2

The INFA training institute opened its 36th training center in France in October 2014 at rue Rachel Lempereur in the Euralille 2 business district. INFA joins one of its long-time clients, BCD Travel, a leading global corporate travel specialist who […]

24 September 2014

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in 2014

The Alliances network has defined Corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the responsibility that a company has for the impact of its decisions and activities have on society and the environment.   The challenges of CSR According to the study entitled […]

24 September 2014

A new intelligent business park in Lille using smart-grid technology

ARTEA, a nationally-recognized developer and investor specializing in the design and construction of environmental green buildings is developing a third-generation business park within the Lille metropolitan area. The ARTEPARC LILLE-LESQUIN will eventually include 44,000 square meters of office space, covering […]

20 May 2014

The Netherlands as seen from Lille

Some 280 km separate Lille from Amsterdam, two major neighbours at European scale. Other than the Paris-Roubaix cycling race, natural gas reserves, flowers and design – all in which the Netherlands excels – what do we know about this country? […]

05 March 2014

Women in IT according to IBM

With more than twenty years at IBM, Joanne Collins-Smee saw and sees many businesses evolve within this American company. Today, as the General Manager of IBM Globally Integrated Capabilities, she follows 80,000 IBMers worldwide and is for diversity within the […]

03 March 2014

Men surf the telecommuting wave

In recent years, new technologies such as the Internet, mobile telephony and the fax have enabled the development of telecommuting. This means working outside the office, usually from home. According to a study conducted by the INSEE* in March 2009, […]

03 March 2014

Aliath helps bring more women into the boardroom

Dominique Druon, founding director of Paris-based Aliath, is drawing closer to the territory of her heart, the Nord-Pas de Calais, to develop the activity of her agency. Founded in 2012, her company assists directors of large corporations as well as […]

20 February 2014

L’olivier Assurances expands in the Lille area

Paris, February 20, 2014 – L’olivier Assurances, the French subsidiary of British group Admiral, a specialist vehicle insurance provider, has announced that it is opening a 900 sq. m. shared service center (customer services, call and administrative center, IT services) […]

16 December 2013

Lille’s intention

What if I, the city of Lille, was rated No.1 in France in 2014? Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille (yours truly), Marseille, Toulouse and other French cities regularly compete in the national rankings, as witnessed in the latest study by L’Expansion-L’Entreprise and […]

13 December 2013

Relocation Services, a mobility solution

Let’s say I’ve decided to move to Lille in 2014. How would I manage the many necessary steps? I’d have to find a new place to live, a school for my kids, and what about the career of my spouse? […]

02 October 2013

Innovation generates satisfaction

The financial website forbes.com has a list of the top 10 ideas from retail. These include the electronic tip jar developed by DIPJAR  (www.dipjar.com) : the system allows you to leave a tip by credit card in a specific jar. […]

01 July 2013

BELGATECH prefers Lille to Paris

BELGATECH is an independent Belgian company dedicated to engineering services. The company has chosen Lille metropolis and the city of Villeneuve d’Ascq to implement its first European subsidiary called FRATECH. 80 consultant jobs will be created within three years.

24 June 2013

IBM chooses Lille for its new services center

The US IT giant chose the greater Lille area and the Euratechnologies business park as the Headquarter of its new services centre. The opening of the IBM Services Centre Lille from July 2013 will create 700 new jobs over a […]

Key strategic factors for successfully setting up an industrial site include logistics, innovation, labour and energy. Today, all these conditions are fulfilled in Lille Metropolis. France no longer has a manufacturing industry. Could it be brought back? Yes: the ambition […]

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