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circumCompiègne et son agglomération

Setting-up your company

5 bonnes raisons de choisir la région de Compiègne pour implanter et développer vos activités

The ARC (Agglomération de la Région Compiègnoise) comprising of Compiègne, and its 14 surrounding municipalities, is the economic capital of the Valley of the river Oise, home to over 4.000 companies and accounting for 40.000 jobs.
The dynamism of our economy is perfectly illustrated by the fact that, in the last two years, we have created over 700 jobs in our various business parks, which employ around 13.000 people today. With a significant labour pool (1.3 times more jobs than working people) and manifold assets that it has constantly developped, the ARC has succeeded in attracting the economic world.

Why should you choose to set up and develop your business activities in the Compiègne urban district ?
Here are 5 very good reasons :

A strategic situation

Compiègne is located close to Paris and the international Charles de Gaulle airport. In the heart of northern Europe, it is linked to a very good motorway network, highly conducive to economic exchanges, and is at the southern entrance of the future Seine-Northern Europe canal.

A dynamic and diversified economic base

Home to 4.300 companies employing over 40.000 people, the ARC is the economic capital of the Valley of the Oise. It offers more jobs than it has working people and hence attracts a skilled workforce.
Its economy, little dependent on the public sector, is largely based on the development of research, industry and the different services associated with these sectors.
Industries like special chemicals, cosmetics and body-care products and the automotive are well represented here.

An area of innovation

The business magazine ‘L’Entreprise’ awarded Compiègne the first place in its 2011 ranking in the category of towns fostering innovation (towns of 70.000 to 100.000 inhabitants).
The L’Université de Technologie de Compiègne (Technology University of Compiègne) appears in the top 10 of the best engineer schools.

An appreciated quality of life

Compiègne, an imperial town, is set in very pleasant surroundings, between the river Oise and one of the biggest forests in France.
The town offers many excellent quality local services: housing, schools and sports facilities, entertainment, leisure activities …

The sportiest town in 2009.
The urban district offers free public transport within the city as well as to and from its partner municipalities.

Competitively-priced land and real estate

The ARC develops and markets several quality business parks, adapted to suit the needs of small, medium and large businesses (industrial estates, business parks, parks dedicated to research and innovation ...).

Attracted companies


They chose Compiégnois to become established and develop their activities.

The business managers motivate their choice.

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Parc tertiaire et Scientifique

17 business parks

From industrial areas to scientific and tertiary parks, the ARC possesses a considerable supply of land and real estate and can thus accommodate small, medium-sized or large companies, encompassing all sectors.
Since its inception in the 70s, the ARC has developed 13 business parks, accounting for more than 13.000 jobs.


Direction de l’Economie

Tél : +33 (0)3 44 40 76 45


17 parcs d’activités

Un accompagnement sur-mesure

Tailor-made accompaniment

In order to facilitate your establishment and development in the area, the ARC offers you a single administrative service which offers :

  • The search for real estate or land, the ‘bourse aux locaux’ (The premises-exchange)
  • A technical feasibility study of your project
  • Raising financial aid
  • The request for a building license*
  • The accompaniment in fulfilling administrative requirements
  • The mobilization and the co-ordination of all partners involved in the recruitment, training and organizing the mobility of your staff

*in all the municipalities except Venette