Strategic positioning, innovation and collaboration, sectors of excellence, structuring facilities, land and real estate... Nîmes Métropole is an ideal breeding ground for companies.
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.
Regular exchanges between the economic and academic worlds on various themes: economics, business management, innovation, etc.MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATIOn (french only)
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).MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATION
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 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.MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.Discover the Gecko offer.
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.Discover the Data centre Discover the company Netiwan
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.More information on the FabLab
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.DISCOVER THE MAIN BUSINESS PARKS AND THE MAGNA PORTA ECONOMIC DISTRICT
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.MORE INFORMATION
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.