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Who can benefit from the NFI services?

4 specific cases:
  • Foreign companies in all sectors looking to expand in Hauts-de-France
  • French companies with no site in Hauts-de-France
  • Hauts-de-France companies with a succession plan
  • Foreign-owned companies in Hauts-de-France with a development project
Our services are not intended for :
  • French or international self-employed entrepreneurs
  • French companies wishing to export
  • International companies seeking distribution networks only

Why as the help of Nord France Invest?

Nord France Invest provides you with completely tailored, free of charge and confidential support. We centralize all the information you need to analyze your project. We facilitate your process to find a site, partners or land. We organize site visits. We accelerate your networking with future regional partners. Find out more about the agency's services on this page.

What type of project can support you in?

The agency supports job-creating investment projects. The nature of projects varies according to 3 main categories:
  • Start-up projects
  • Expansion of existing sites in the region
  • takeovers of regional businesses by international companies.
Nord France Invest's services are not aimed at capital investments.
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Financial services

in Hauts-de-France

So you thought Paris was THE financial services center in France? And yes, the capital has just reached rank 15 in the 34th Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). But, did you know that our region is a vibrant banking and insurance hub? One hour from Paris by high-speed rail, Hauts-de-France is the ideal location, offering key advantages: a complete ecosystem, a large pool of skilled talent and a very attractive operating cost base.
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Banking plays a key role in the region
is is home to...


France’s second largest financial services center, with:

  • 69 credit institutions, including every leading French bank
  • 13 global banks
  • Some 30 of these big names in banking have subsidiaries headquartered in Hauts-de-France
  • Nearly 80 financial firms complete the picture, providing services ranging from country risk hedging, credit insurance and guarantees, to private equity and consumer lending
  • A Banque de France regional office
  • 1,500 bank branches and 19,000 staff within easy reach, delivering expert services to business and private customers in their home region


Long a pioneer in mail order, e-commerce and retail, today Hauts-de-France is home to a host of consumer lending firms—including Finaref, Oney and Cofidis—that make Lille the top consumer finance hub in France.

Key figures about the bank sector in Hauts-de-France

  • 69 credit institutions
  • 13 global banks
  • 80 financial firms
  • 1,500 and 19,000 bank branches and staff

Hauts-de-France: #2 French region
for the insurance sector

When it comes to insurance, Hauts-de-France ranks second nationwide, with 7,800 jobs in the industry:

  • almost €4 billion in total revenues
  • both key French players and global industry giants
  • a dense network of general insurance agents and brokers
  • many pension and provident funds, with headquarters in the region

Key figures in the insurance sector in the region

  • #2 French Region
  • €4 bn in total revenues

A large pool of talent to meet the needs
of the banking and insurance industries


Home to France’s second-largest education cluster, the region is both young and densely populated.

  • 33% of the population is under 25
  • 3rd most populated region in France; 6 million inhabitants


Internationally acclaimed universities train your future employees

Université de Lille
Arts et métiers
IMT Lille Douai
Université catholique de Lille
Uni LaSalle


SKEMA and EDHEC in Lille both feature in the Financial Times’ Top 10 Masters in Finance ranking.

Altogether, the region offers:

  • 27 undergraduate programs
  • 56 Masters programs
  • 83 degree courses in 20 institutes of higher learning with over 5,000 graduates a year

Our schools and universities pride themselves on combining professional qualifications with practical experience: 69% of courses include internship options.1

Les Places Tertiaires, Deloitte, 2023

The region’s specialized schools and universities offer a range of finance programs:

Breakdown of training courses by domain

Expert talent
on tap

Banking and insurance is a world of its own that demands top-notch legal and financial expertise. And in Hauts-de-France, we’ve got the expert ecosystem you need.

  • 2,500 lawyers
  • 330 notaries
  • 5,500 auditors and accountants

Les Places Tertiaires publishes an annual guide to financial services in the region with a comprehensive list of all banking and insurance-related firms.