Set up your business in the European Union

Pierre Thibaut - Région Hauts-de-France

Hauts-de-France is your gateway to the EU

Base your business in Hauts-de-France for easy access to Europe’s single market, with free movement of staff, goods and capital across the European Union. Ship your products to Paris. Bring in your employees from Brussels. Meet a partner in Amsterdam. Once you’re inside the EU, the possibilities are endless. Contact us to find out why 1,900 international companies have already located in our region.

From Lille: London: 80 min Paris : 60 min Brussels: 35 min

€1,500 billion in purchasing power within a 300-km/180 mile radius

78 million consumers within a 300-km/180 mile radius

What Hauts-de-France can do for you:

Services tailored to your project

When you bring your business to Hauts-de-France, you can count on active backing from local and regional government. Your dedicated contact at Nord France Invest will help you get the support your project needs—our services are confidential, free and highly customised.

Step 1: Analysis and information gathering

  • Analysis of business profile and priorities in a detailed brief

  • Key data on your business environment / sector

Step 2: Customised solutions

  • Help locating the buildings and land you need

  • Help identifying partners and/or possible acquisitions

  • Locating key competencies

Step 3: Selecting and facilitating

  • Welcoming your teams and organising on-site tours

  • Interface with public authorities

  • Identifying and applying for government subsidies and incentives

Step 4: Tracking and growing

  • Follow-up after deployment


Whenever we have a new project or new questions or we need help or support from the local authorities, they’re there for us. We're an integral part of the region's economic and social fabric.

Alain Van Vyve - V.P. Administration Toyota Onnaing Toyota logo

IBM has many major customers in Lille. This is a vibrant, dynamic place to do business!

Nicolas Milhe - IBM Services Center Leader Lille logo IBM

We chose Dunkerque in Hauts-de-France because it has everything we need. Dunkerque's industrial heritage made us feel comfortable locating here.

Yannick Van Coppenolle - Business Development & Marketing Ecophos logo

We considered other European countries, but selected Bierne in Haut-de-France. The nearby port of Dunkerque is ideal for importing and exporting components and tractors.

Mampei Yamamoto - President of Kubota Farm Machinery Europe SAS kubota logo

The local government, including the Regional Council, thought highly of this project. They helped us with a lot of the coordination.

Wu Liping President of MG-Valdunes Valdunes - Ma Steel logo

Lille’s location is very close to Paris. It’s also a place where you have lots of very good graduates, so skilled employees are easy to find.

Nicolas Sohier - Strategic Initiative Director tata logo

Hauts-de-France is unique. We're at the heart of a very densely populated area within easy reach of Paris, London and Amsterdam.

Jean-Baptiste Branquart - Vice-President Retail & Consumer Services at CGI’s Center of Excellence Lille cgi logo

Get in touch

Call us

Your contact for setting up your project
Marine ROUSSEL Business Developer +44(0)7 70730 98 74

Your partner

Nord France Invest logo
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