Saint-Étienne Métropole offers lots of opportunities for setting up and expanding businesses, just 40 minutes southwest of Lyon. There are plenty of advantages to choosing this pleasantly unspoilt, dynamic city, ranking in the top 15 French metropolitan areas in terms of population.

 

In summary

 

Key figures

  • 53 municipalities
  • 400,000 inhabitants
  • 2ndlargest urban area in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
  • 31,000 companies
  • 25,000 students
  • Unemployment rate of 8.1% in 2019

(Sources: www.saint-etienne-attractivite.fr and www.saint-etienne-metropole.fr)

An entrepreneur-friendly place, rich with talent

Access and connections

  • Motorway access (A72 and A47)
  • Direct high-speed train to Paris in 2 hours 45 minutes
  • Express trains to Saint-Étienne and Lyon in under 50 minutes
  • 2 airports: Saint-Étienne and Lyon-Saint Exupéry

An innovation-friendly ecosystem

  • 6 major economic centres
  • 2,849 companies created in 2016
  • 14 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) laboratories
  • Accredited as a French Tech Capital in 2019, in partnership with Métropole de Lyon (French Tech One Lyon Saint-Étienne)
  • The first French city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in Design

Areas of excellence that boost the local area’s vitality

  • Optics
  • Medical technology
  • New Manufacturing (advanced manufacturing processes, surface engineering, capital goods, metal working / mechanics)
  • Digital technologies
  • Design, engineering and industrial creation

These companies chose Saint-Étienne Métropole

  • Arcelor Mittal
  • AxleTech International
  • Clextral
  • Desjoyaux Piscines
  • Despi
  • Focal
  • Gibaud
  • Groupe Casino
  • Groupe Zannier
  • Haulotte
  • Hef Groupe
  • Sam Outillage
  • Sigvaris
  • SNF Floerger
  • Thales
  • Thuasne
  • Weiss

Map of Saint-Étienne Métropole

The 53 municipalities of Saint-Étienne Métropole

  • Aboën
  • Andrézieux-Bouthéon
  • Caloire
  • Cellieu
  • Chagnon
  • Chambœuf
  • Châteauneuf
  • Dargoire
  • Doizieux
  • Farnay
  • Firminy
  • Fontanès
  • Fraisses
  • Genilac
  • La Fouillouse
  • La Gimond
  • La Grand'Croix
  • La Ricamarie
  • La Talaudière
  • La Terrasse sur Dorlay
  • La Tour-en-Jarez
  • La Valla-en-Gier
  • Le Chambon-Feugerolles
  • L'Etrat
  • L'Horme
  • Lorette
  • Marcenod
  • Pavezin
  • Rive-de-Gier
  • Roche-la-Molière
  • Rozier-Côtes-d'Aurec
  • Saint-Bonnet-les-Oules
  • Saint-Chamond
  • Saint-Christo-en-Jarez
  • Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez
  • Saint-Étienne
  • Saint-Galmier
  • Saint-Genest-Lerpt
  • Saint-Héand
  • Saint-Jean-Bonnefonds
  • Saint-Joseph
  • Saint-Martin-la-Plaine
  • Saint-Maurice-en-Gourgois
  • Saint-Nizier-de-Fornas
  • Saint-Paul-en-en-Cornillon
  • Saint-Paul-en-Jarez
  • Saint-Priest-en-Jarez
  • Saint-Romain-en-Jarez
  • Sorbiers
  • Tartaras
  • Unieux
  • Valfleury
  • Villars

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