Lyon, a centre for business and consumer services

Greater Lyon encourages the set-up of service-sector companies, which will be given all the insights and support they need to perform and grow.

Key figures

  • 104,903 establishments including 150 world leaders
  • 487,815 jobs in the service sector in the Lyon and Saint-Étienne metropolitan region (+16% between 2009 and 2017, versus +10% nationwide)
  • Second-ranking city in France for insurance jobs, with 11,630 jobs in 2017 and strong growth in that metric (+16% between 2008 and 2016)
  • The engineering & consulting industry alone accounts for 20,000 jobs in the metropolitan area
  • Top decision-making centre in France outside Paris
  • Part-Dieu, 2nd largest business district in France3, 1h55 from Paris

Both the service sector and the number of players are growing strongly

In the Lyon area, most parts of the sector are expanding fast, like banking and fintech, e-commerce, and the silver economy (primarily through personal services). Two other industries in this sector also stand out in terms of size in the local economy: insurance and engineering & consulting.

It is also important to mention the EdTech sector, which is already well structured with EdTech Lyon, the second ecosystem after Paris, bringing together around forty members.

Many service companies have chosen the Lyon metropolitan area:

  • Apicil
  • April
  • Alptis
  • Cegid
  • Deloitte
  • Esker
  • GL Events

Local actors

  • Edtech Lyon
  • Pôle emploi
  • FACE
  • Habitat et humanisme
  • Maison Lyon pour l’emploi
  • Handicap international
  • CAP emploi Rhône

Competitiveness clusters and industry clusters reflect the vitality of the Lyon area’s service sector. They include : Cluster Assurance AuRA, for insurance and insurtech ; HUB612 for banking and fintech ; INGERA 2, for engineering.

Dedicated real-estate

Several large-scale schemes in Greater Lyon are dedicated to the service sector. They provide high-quality, accessible and well-equipped infrastructure for companies irrespective of their size and core business. The configuration of these schemes, optimised for the service sector, lets them host all types of services: HQs, call centres and shared services as well as support functions and regional offices.

  • Part Dieu, business district, the second largest in France. It has 1.3 million square metres of office space in a strategic location around the TGV station.
  • Lyon Confluence, a service-sector district near Perrache rail station. It is the first positive-energy district in France.
  • Carré de Soie, a former industrial district that straddles Villeurbanne and Vaulx-en-Velin. has been regenerated. It hosts a leisure & shopping centre and a multimodal public-transport hub.
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