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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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Taking over an existing business can be an effective way of accelerating your development in France and Europe. Nord France Invest can help you to identify acquisition opportunities that meet your specifications confidentially and free of charge.
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How does our M&A
service work?

Integrating your project into our M&A network

Nord France Invest works in partnership with business acquisition professionals in the region, who manage numerous sales mandates:

  • M&A firms
  • law firms
  • accounting, auditing and restructuring firms
  • banks
  • court administrators

Once your takeover project and your search criteria have been specified during a preliminary interview, we send an anonymous search form to our network of partners in order to identify counterparties meeting your requirements


Introducing you to the right contacts and NDA

If opportunities arise, we put you in touch with the seller or his agent to sign an NDA. Nord France Invest is not involved in negotiations. On the other hand, we can advise and support you in the overall management of your project:

  • information on the region and sectoral environment
  • contact with lawyers to identify the best legal structure
  • contact with local authorities, if necessary, to facilitate all administrative procedures (work permits, residence permits, building permits, etc.)
  • mobilization of any public assistance if your project is eligible
  • integrating into the local ecosystem


As an economic promotion agency, our mission is to support and assist you throughout your investment process in the Hauts-de-France region.

To do this, you benefit from a panel of free, confidential services, orchestrated by a single contact within the agency, your project director.



External growth offers a company the opportunity to prosper by expanding its market presence or by strengthening its position within its value chain.

Opting for external growth represents a powerful lever for accelerating development. This is the preferred solution for companies seeking to rapidly consolidate their market position, whether by:

  • Conquering new geographical areas,
  • Enriching their range of products or services,
  • Enlarging their footprint both upstream and downstream of their value chain.

This strategy is particularly useful in the following sectors:

  • mature,
  • highly competitive,
  • highly dependent on technology
  • or requiring specific administrative authorizations (e.g. ICPE).

Barriers to entry make it harder to set up or grow a business. Company acquisitions or joint ventures facilitate development in these markets.

These operations can also alleviate a lag in innovation or a missed strategic change in the company’s history. Absent expertise is integrated via acquisition, particularly when large groups acquire start-ups.

Finally, external growth makes sense for developing activities abroad, offering the acquirer a better understanding of new markets via the acquired company.

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