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Strategic positioning, innovation and collaboration, sectors of excellence, structuring facilities, land and real estate... Nîmes Métropole is an ideal breeding ground for companies.

Providing your company with strategic positioning

Choosing the conurbation of Nîmes means setting up in the centre of the Mediterranean Arc, in Occitanie, one of the largest regions in Europe with 5.6 million inhabitants. Located between Spain and Italy, at the confluence of Provence, Languedoc, the Cévennes and the Camargue, Nîmes Métropole represents a true Mediterranean crossroads and a gateway to Africa.

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Integrating and developing an economic and collaborative network

In Nîmes, you will integrate a network of companies, economic stakeholders, and institutional or associative partners, whose sole function is to accelerate the development of your business through collaborative work.
Information technology, precision mechanics, healthcare, renewable energies, biotechnologies, tourism, agriculture, viticulture and more. Discover the wealth of opportunities available to help you develop your business.

The Matinales

Regular exchanges between the economic and academic worlds on various themes: economics, business management, innovation, etc.

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Consular chambers, employers’ organisations, and professional bodies in the area

Within the framework of its missions to assist in the establishment and development of new businesses, Openîmes is in close contact with all the consular chambers, main employers’ organisations, and professional bodies within the Nîmes Metropolitan area.

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Institutional economic development actors

Establishing a business around Nîmes also means meeting the public actors in charge of the development of the area and its businesses.

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Foundations

The Nîmes Metropolitan area is fortunate to have two foundations essential to the development of the area among its professional and economic stakeholders: the University of Nîmes, and the Mediterranean Institute of Longevity Professions (Institut Méditerranéen des Métiers de la Longévité, i2ml).

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Competitiveness clusters

Competitiveness clusters bring together small or big companies, research laboratories and training institutions, within a defined metropolitan area and around targeted themes. National and local public stakeholders are also involved.

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Business clusters, associations and clubs

Establishing a business in a new area also means integrating its network of economic stakeholders. Depending on your needs, Openîmes will put you in contact with business clusters, associations or clubs that will promote your integration into the local economic ecosystem and the development of your business.

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Incubators and accelerators

Incubators and accelerators provide complementary activities at different stages of the development of a business.

Incubators both support project leaders in the maturing of their ideas, and enable future entrepreneurs to test their projects in complete safety thanks to company hosting. As for business accelerators, they help new companies during their start-up and development phases.

Discover the different incubators and the business accelerator of the Nîmes Metropolitan area, and their specificities.

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Structuring facilities

1 airport, 2 business incubators, more than 15 technological platforms and facilities, 2 incubators, 1 business accelerator, 1 high-speed fibre network, 1 data centre, 1 FabLab, 3 coworking spaces. Everything necessary is present in the area to enable your business to develop under the best possible conditions!

The airport

The Nîmes airport is today one of the leading aircraft maintenance centres in France as well as a major centre for training in aeronautical and aviation professions.

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Technology platforms

Technology platforms bring together technical/scientific facilities and skills from higher education institutions in a single location to place them at the service of businesses.

These structuring facilities notably put the possibility of technology transfer into perspective, providing genuine added value for companies in the Nîmes Metropolitan area. Discover the area’s themed technological platforms and facilities.

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Coworking spaces

The Nîmes Metropolitan area boasts three coworking spaces. Increasingly widespread, such facilities offer shared workspaces and networking opportunities for their users. Discover what the coworking spaces in Nîmes have to offer.

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The Gecko fibre optic network

Gecko is the name of the Nîmes conurbation’s fibre optic network, intended only for the companies and administrations of the area’s municipalities. Gecko offers a very high quality of service, far superior to that of existing competitors.

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Latest generation data centre

Managed by Netiwan and located in the Bouillargues business park, the conurbation’s data centre has been imagined, designed and deployed to guarantee availability and performance to businesses while limiting its impact on the environment.

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Business incubators

Business incubators offer a multitude of services (premises, shared facilities and equipment, advice, etc.) to help new companies reduce costs, benefit from personalised support, and thus enable entrepreneurs to concentrate on developing their projects. Discover the business incubators around Nîmes.

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FabLab

A collaborative space for digital manufacturing, the Nîmes FabLab opened its doors on the EERIE site (Georges Besse business park) at the beginning of March 2019. A place of creation, it is open to all and aims to promote synergy between actors in education and training, companies, associations and individuals.

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Recognised sectors of excellence

Risks, aviation, drones, civil security, medical devices, healthcare, the silver economy, innovation and tourism... A host area that is keen to foster a collaborative dynamic between the private and public worlds in its sectors of excellence.

The two sectors that Openîmes is in charge of developing each rely on a sector-specific base of existing infrastructures, often unique in France.

Integrating a business park

The 39 municipalities of the Nîmes conurbation boast some 21 business parks, four of which are community initiative parks: Grezan, Mitra, Georges Besse and Bouillargues. Each of these business parks is themed. They thus guarantee an efficient and structuring professional environment, conducive to the creation and development of new companies and business activities.

In addition to these business parks, there is the Magna Porta economic district, a major development project in Nîmes Métropole on the site of the new Nîmes-Pont du Gard TGV railway station near Manduel.

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Benefitting from land and real estate opportunities

According to the 2018 analysis by the urban planning agency, Nîmes Métropole represents controlled growth, land reserves and commercial real estate at competitive rates.

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Exploring funding possibilities

Looking for funding? Depending on the elements comprising your project (legal, fiscal, accounting), we will direct you to the right contacts (public or private services) in order to potentially benefit from financial solutions.

Useful information:

  • legal status (including any status-related tax specificity);
  • number of employees;
  • turnover, balance sheet and operating account;
  • amount of capital and corporate equity;
  • percentage of shareholding (own or held by large companies);
  • the exact purpose of the funding application;
  • obtaining of aid or exemptions over the last three fiscal years.

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Obtaining advice on support functions

Openîmes works in close collaboration with different actors of the Nîmes conurbation to facilitate the establishment of your business. To this end, we will introduce you to the right people depending on your specific requirements:

  • human resources;
  • management, finance, accounting;
  • land, real estate;
  • business networks, business development;
  • institutional relations (consular chambers, local authorities, State services, etc.);
  • support for innovation;
  • investment support.

Non-exhaustive list. As your project to establish your business in the area progresses, the most useful services will be mobilised.

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Training and skills development

The Nîmes conurbation has made higher education, vocational training, research and innovation a priority area for intervention.

The measures carried out by the area are aimed at:

  • strengthening and enhancing the supply, in line with current and future needs of businesses;
  • supporting research and technological platforms, particularly in our sectors of excellence (risks, civil security, healthcare and medical devices, etc.);
  • facilitating the integration of digital technologies in the higher education and research sector;
  • improving the conditions of student life in all its dimensions (accommodation, catering, travel, international mobility and openness, etc.).

Between Universities, Grandes Ecoles, University Institutes of Technology (IUT) and Apprenticeship Training Centres, the Nîmes Metropolitan area offers a rich and diversified range of training courses that are perfectly adapted to the economic fabric.

Whether for your employees or yourself, discover the full range of training courses available in the area, by speciality or diploma/degree, via the “schools and grandes écoles” platform.

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Information for new families settling in the area

Establishing your business in a new city can be a stressful time for you and your employees, but also for your family. Where will I house my family? What administrative procedures do I have to undertake? Where can I enrol my children in school? What university curriculums will they be able to follow? What extra-curricular activities can I offer them? What healthcare structures will take care of them?

In addition to welcoming your company, Openîmes will help you find everything you need for your family life:

  • accommodation (estate agencies for buying or renting, solicitors);
  • administrative procedures for your family and spouse (town hall, tax services, employment centre, etc.);
  • childcare (registered childminders, crèches) and schooling (secondary schools and higher education);
  • medical practices, hospitals, clinics;
  • sports and cultural activities.

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