<P>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Between 2000 and 2012, the number of new businesses created in Greater Lyon tripled. In 2012, <STRONG>the Greater Lyon area registered 14,800 new businesses</STRONG>, 200 more than in 2011 and a rate of progression that was higher than the regional and national averages. This figure represents 80% of the new start-ups created in the Rh&#244;ne department and 26% of start-ups across the Rh&#244;ne-Alpes region. With these good results <STRONG>Greater Lyon has become the best performing French city in terms of new business creation. </STRONG></P> <P align=justify><BR>In terms of different sectors, the <STRONG>service sector accounts for almost 8,500 start-ups (57%) in Greater Lyon, which is a higher proportion than in the Rh&#244;ne-Alpes region or France as a whole (47% and 42% respectively).</STRONG> Amongst new companies offering businesses services, <STRONG>activities with a high level of added value in the scientific or technical sectors are particularly developed</STRONG>. Health, education, arts and performing arts, construction, IT and communication have made strong progress in one year. The rate of progression for the number of businesses created in these activities was higher in Greater Lyon than in the Rh&#244;ne-Alpes region or the whole of France.</P> <P align=justify><BR>Entrepreneurship is a priority for the economic development of the Lyon region. <STRONG>It makes an important contribution to the renewal of the economic sector and is a key factor in the visibility and attractiveness of the region.</STRONG> Entrepreneurship is encouraged by local stakeholders under the &#8220;Lyon City of Entrepreneurship&#8221; initiative, which is part of a global policy in favour of business creation, regeneration and handover that has been in place for several years. The aim is to provide entrepreneurs with a complete range of services adapted to their needs.&nbsp; </P> <P align=justify><BR><STRONG>Lyon City of Entrepreneurship in figures:</STRONG> </P> <P align=justify><BR>&#8226; 48 members of the network, including 33 support structures and 15 partner institutions<BR>&#8226; 16&nbsp; gateways into entrepreneurship across Greater Lyon: branches of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Guild of Arts and Crafts, Economic services offered by Town Halls, associations, etc. <BR>&#8226; information points open to everyone within a travelling distance of less than 15 minutes by public transport from anywhere in the city<BR>&#8226; more than 1,200 &#8220;assisted&#8221; entrepreneurs per year<BR>&#8226; a fast business set-up process: 47% of initial projects lead to business set-up within 6 months (62% amongst ex-heads of business, 37% amongst ex-unemployed people).<BR></P>