Regional profil

A dynamic metropolis, economic capital of France’s Central-Western/Atlantic sector
The greater Limoges area (Limoges Métropole) has attracted a number of large national and international groups, but the region’s rich economic fabric is composed primarily of small and medium-sized businesses.

One of the region’s most striking assets is its wealth of traditional skills, which have adapted and evolved remarkably well to keep pace with the demands of the modern economy. The city’s illustrious history of ceramic production is a good example, while the region’s growing food and agriculture industry has become a paradigm of innovation in recent years.

This dynamic environment is supported by a system of financial subsidies, and a comprehensive network of services helping businesses settle and grow in the Limousin.

 Successful transition
As an international capital of ceramic arts, the city and its surrounding area have succeeded in updating this ancestral expertise and making it an asset for the future. From porcelain production to ceramic technology, cattle rearing to genetic research, from traditional electronics to home automation, Limoges Métropole has put innovation first and nurtured the development of high-tech industry in the region. The use of ceramics in the manufacturing of mobile telephones and prosthetic hips, and the use of bovine plasma in blood group tests, are just a few examples of this innovation policy in action.

Thriving companies in a vibrant business environment
In and around Limoges it is small businesses who generate the most jobs and turnover, rubbing shoulders with major national and international names and producing high-quality goods and services which have become emblematic Limoges ‘brands’: porcelain (Bernardaud, Haviland), electrical systems (Legrand), shoes (Weston), textile manufacturing (Smuggler), risk prevention (Dekra), cars and HGVs (Valéo, Renault Trucks). The predominance of SMEs is one of Limoges’ great assets: these smaller companies are more resilient in times of economic difficulty, able to adapt more rapidly to changes in the macro-economic climate.

Food & agriculture, a rapidly-growing sector
Like the rest of the Limousin region, Limoges Métropole has a thriving food and agriculture sector led by a number of local businesses that have become household names: Madrange, Beauvallet, La Laiterie des Fayes... Based around Limoges’ main abattoir, the 20-hectare La Ribière business zone is dedicated exclusively to agricultural activities and food production.

Crucial support for businesses
A major programme of investment and support has been put in place to help foster the development of business projects creating new jobs in Limoges Métropole:
- property investment support
- exemption from the CFE and CVAE local business and property taxes
- development of various premises and business parks respecting the latest environmental standards: perfect professional property,
- numerous partnerships: with the regional authorities on the new-generation Regional Development Plan (SRDE), and with various educational institutions and employment agencies to connect businesses with the best skills,
- ESTER Technopole offers access to a huge network of professional connections as well as a wealth of business support resources (start-up incubators etc.),
- a network of specialised financial services, including SME financing specialists OSEO and venture capitalist investors Limousin Participations,
- numerous technology transfer centres;

 Helping businesses set themselves up in Limoges Métropole’s business parks
To help businesses establish themselves in Limoges, creating new jobs and providing essential services, the city has over 1350 hectares of business facilities either available now or due to be delivered in the near future, with over 100 hectares more in development.
The major business parks to the north, north-east and south of the city are connected by the A20 motorway, a branch of the Europe-Atlantic highway, and within ten minutes of both the airport and the city centre.
In 2012, the latest round of property sales saw 573,430m² of land sold, along with 127,444 of existing business premises. The result: 141 new companies and 1469 new jobs. The ever-growing attractiveness of Limoges Métropole has encouraged the local authorities to embark upon a new round of business park construction.

 North to South, the A20 is lined with major business parks
Limoges can now offer businesses over 1000 hectares of industrial, manufacturing and commercial facilities ideally located near the A20, a stretch of open road (with no tolls for 300km) half-way along the route connecting London and Barcelona.
The business zones to the north of the city are home to over 300 companies and 8000 jobs. In addition to the facilities currently on the market, the city authorities are in the process of developing a new 68-hectare site in the La Grande Pièce district.
To the north-east of the centre, the ESTER Technopole business park offers over 200 hectares dedicated to the city’s rapidly-growing technology sector.
Connected by the A20 and the southern link road, and within easy reach of the centre of Limoges, the business parks to the south of the city are home to a wide variety of businesses in the industrial and service sectors.
The La Ribière business zone, centred around the abattoir, offers 20 hectares of facilities dedicated exclusively to agricultural activities and food production.
The Ponteix business zone in Feytiat, together with the Boisseuil-Le Vigen business park, account for over 150 hectares of commercial space.


Key Figures

Limoges Métropole in 2012:

  • almost 15,000 businesses
  • almost 100,000 jobs