<P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Of the 120 cities in France whose populations number more than 70,000 inhabitants,&nbsp;<STRONG> Lyon is the best choice for businesses</STRONG> thanks to its strengths in <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/pepiniere-entreprise/scientific-research-development-france,p,16,EN.jsp" target=_blank>research</A>, the development of <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/new_tech_lyon/index,p,100075,EN.jsp" target=_blank>new technologies</A>, and its <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/universite-lyon/school-university-france,p,15,EN.jsp" target=_blank>university</A>, <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/industrie-cleantech-chimie/index,p,100024,EN.jsp" target=_blank>industrial</A>, real estate, and <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/technologies_medicales/index,p,220,EN.jsp" target=_blank>medical sectors</A>… the city is positively brimming with assets.&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Lyon attracts entrepreneurs by offering an ever expanding choice of <STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/sites-implantation/index,p,17,EN.jsp" target=_blank><STRONG>real estate opportunities</STRONG> </A></STRONG>&#8211; the number of square metres of office space has in fact risen by 66% compared with last year and now stands at 155,000 sq. metres, with three major development projects recently completed by Sanofi, SNCF and Alstom. Lyon offers a large choice of <STRONG>specialised business districts</STRONG>, including <STRONG><STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/centre-recherche-et/developpement-france,p,21,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Biop&#244;le in Gerland</A></STRONG></STRONG>, a world-renowned health and biotech district, and the <STRONG><STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/World-Trade-Center-Lyon/index,p,100038,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Lyon World Trade Centre</A></STRONG></STRONG>, situated in the heart of the <STRONG><STRONG><A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/part-dieu-lyon/business-district-center-france,p,18,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Part-Dieu business district</A></STRONG>.</STRONG></P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>Some businesses such as Amaris, a Swiss consultancy firm specialising in organisation and engineering, chose Lyon for its <STRONG>geographical location</STRONG> with direct connections to Paris and a number of other European cities from Part-Dieu station and <A title="" href="https://www.aderly.com/reseau-transport/st-exupery-lyon-airport-business,p,22,EN.jsp" target=_blank>Saint-Exup&#233;ry International Airport</A>. The Lyon region also offers another considerable advantage for businesses, namely, the fact that it is a real skills hub thanks to a number of Engineering and Business Schools, which is not necessarily the case for many other European cities. </P> <P align=justify>&nbsp;</P> <P align=justify>In 2012, <STRONG>14, 810 businesses were created</STRONG> within <A title="" href="http://grandlyon.com/" target=_blank>Greater Lyon</A>, which puts the city ahead of all other French cities with the exception of Paris. </P> <P align=justify><BR>Ranking established by L&#8217;Expansion-L&#8217;Entreprise and Coface Services.<BR></P>