Numberly and Albatross map out Journey of a Luxury Consumer

Marine Juillard - 26-juin-2014 18:18:24

London (UK) — Numberly, a digital-data marketing firm specialising in helping advertisers leverage their marketing strategies, and Albatross Global Solutions, a market-research firm specialising in improving retail performance and understanding consumer trends in the luxury sector, have teamed up to study the behaviour and expectations of today’s consumer of luxury goods. Their latest, exclusive study will be unveiled at a joint event in central London on 3 July 2014.  The work conducted by numberly, together with Albatross Global Solutions, has made it possible to measure how consumers of luxury goods engage in the luxury experience, both at boutiques and online. On Thursday 3 July 2014, on the occasion of a business breakfast meeting held in London, Albatross Global Solutions and numberly will reveal the results of the latest study they have conducted: The Journey of a Luxury Consumer — Expectations and behaviour of clients of luxury brands around the world. This will give Albatross and numberly the opportunity to unveil their yearly forecasts for the luxury sector. The event in London will start at 8.30am and will be held at the May Fair Hotel, in central London (Stratton Street, W1J 8LT). Representatives from a range of luxury brands will be present, including Bell & Ross, Bottega Veneta, Boucheron, Cartier, Christofle, Erès, Kering, Lacoste, Ladurée, L’Oréal Luxe, and Tod’s. Journalists wishing to attend the London event should contact the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK no later than 1 July 2014. In September 2013, numberly, in partnership with Albatross, held a similar event in New York City (USA): the two companies unveiled their first report of its kind into the behaviour and the expectations of luxury-sector consumers. Each study has been conducted to high standards, with a survey polling 3,290 relevant consumers, i.e. individuals who have purchased a luxury product in the six months prior to the study. The consumers polled came from North America (USA), Latin America (Brazil), the Far East (China and Japan), and Europe (various EU countries). Consumers were asked about their expectations, their choices, their experience, their level of satisfaction, and their online behaviour when buying a luxury product. Christophe Caïs, Albatross founder, explains: “Albatross and numberly have a shared passion to increase the sales of our clients through results that will empower the brands to tailor strategies, advertising and training to reach the affluent consumer.” Dorothée Lacroix, numberly UK Director, adds: “Even if the store remains the main channel for luxury brands, the brand websites are gaining prominence. We want to help global luxury brands to optimise their online advertising strategies with relevant solutions for their international customers.”   About Albatross Global Solutions Albatross Global Solutions is a leading market-research firm specialising in improving retail performance and understanding consumer trends in the luxury-goods sector. The company was founded in 2005 and has 22 offices around the world, covering all continents. It employs 220 staffs and serves 160 premium and luxury brands. Albatross Global Solutions has a turnover of US$13.50 million. For more information, please go to: www.albatross.fr About numberly Numberly pioneered the interactive-data marketing revolution with its award-winning solutions for companies willing to optimise their customer acquisition and retention through online media and platforms (internet, mobile devices, social media and RTB CRM displays). Numberly has become a major player on the market by combining the acquisition of new clients with the successful management of customer loyalty. Created in 2000, numberly employs 250 people worldwide and its annual turnover soared to €40.30 million in 2013. A third of global sales (32%) came from Ocito, its mobile-marketing subsidiary. Based in London (UK), Paris (France), New York and San Francisco (USA), as well as Dubai (UAE), numberly operates in more than 30 countries; numberly is owned by 1000mercis Group, a NYSE Alternext-listed company. The event in London will start at 8.30am on 3 July 2014 and will be held at the May Fair Hotel (in The Salon), in the centre of the British capital (Stratton Street, W1J 8LT). The same event, in Paris, will be held from 9.00am on 1 July 2014 at Hôtel Bristol (in Salon Rambouillet), in the centre of the French capital (112, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the 8th arrondissement ). Journalists wishing to register in order to attend the Paris or London event should contact Ms Kate Riley, Press Officer at the Press Office of the French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in the UK, on 1 July 2014 at the latest. For more information about numberly, please go to: www.numberly.com For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3941 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

Cordia unveils innovative fire-safety equipment and training at Firex

Aurore Bernard - 13-mai-2014 17:40:29

Cordia of France, a major player in the fire-safety sector, will be exhibiting for the first time at the Firex International trade show, which will take place in London (UK) from 17 to 19 June 2014. Cordia provides an extensive range of fire-safety solutions and technologies and will present two of its flagship product ranges – fire alarms and training material – at the trade fair.   Cordia has been a key player in the industry for over 25 years, and the company’s innovations have contributed towards a radical modernisation of the fire-fighting equipment that is available in the market. As the inventor of the flame generator and of the first wireless fire alarm, Cordia is constantly looking to introduce new solutions aimed at improving fire-fighting equipment. Cordia’s presence at Firex International will provide the opportunity to introduce its two flagship product ranges, i.e. fire alarms and training material. These two product ranges are the result of extensive R&D projects conducted by Cordia. The company will be exhibiting on stand R200 at Firex International, which will take place from 17 to 19 June of this year at the EXCEL exhibition centre, in London.   The advantage of Cordia’s range of fire alarms is that it provides a choice of products that can respond to any situation. Products in the range include sector alarms and autonomous battery-operated alarms, but Cordia’s leading product is the long-range wireless alarm.   The impressive performance features of Cordia’s long-range wireless alarm include the unmatched power and security of the radio signal, as well as the ability to connect more than 100 alarms – including flash wireless compatibles – to one network. The alarm’s Vision 4 software allows the user to identify, on a computer, the activated call point in a wireless-alarm network. The product is easily attached to the wall and no specific configuration is necessary.   The range of training material offered by Cordia represents a much more modern approach to training in relation to devices such as flame generators, smoke generators and stress generators.   Cordia’s patented communications protocol, Smartway, links a touch-screen tablet to a range of training devices and makes it possible to activate the various training tools, while monitoring in real time the state of each device (on, off, successful extinguishing, etc.). Cordia’s Smartway device is a world’s first in that it provides the permanent solution of combining (and driving) several training devices from a single remote-control point, i.e. the touch-screen tablet already referred to. With the Log to Smartway application on a tablet device, users are able to configure training sessions in advance and save them to a calendar, access the driving commands of all training tools, validate the performance of trainees, and automatically generate reports of all sessions.   Cordia will be presenting its entire range of Intelligent and Tactile products at the Firex International trade show, including Satellit flame generators, Opacit smoke generators, and Stressit stress generators.   About Cordia   Cordia has provided fire-safety equipment since 1987, when it was set up by Jean-Yves Maturel, the company’s founder and CEO. Cordia is headquartered in Mitry-Mory, to the North-East of Paris (France), close to Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.   With the launch of the English version of its comprehensive online catalogue, the company is seeking to expand internationally and, more particularly, in the British market.   Cordia will be exhibiting on stand R200 at the Firex International trade show, which will take place at the EXCEL exhibition centre in London (UK) from 17 to 19 June 2014. Firex International is the leading event in fire protection, prevention and detection, offering a comprehensive selection of the latest products and innovations as well as the opportunity to network with leading industry professionals.   For further information about the company, please go to:   www.myfiresafetyproducts.com   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.firex.co.uk   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3931 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

INVIVOO simplifies Crédit Agricole CIB’s risk management with XComponent

Aurore Bernard - 12-mai-2014 17:31:05

INVIVOO’s XComponent software solution rationalises, secures and enhances existing IT developments pertaining to certain market-risk calculations by steering them towards real-time capability. The software suite has already been deployed by French bank Crédit Agricole CIB in order to perform risk calculations that comply with the Basel III banking-industry regulations.   Vincent Hardouin, project manager in the market-risks IT team at Crédit Agricole CIB, explains: “For our entire portfolio, constituting about 700,000 operations — mostly loans to major businesses — we have to calculate the economic capital, meaning the amount of capital stock required to handle any would-be defaults. The software that manages the calculation grid was developed in house. No one questioned its performance, but it did not fit standardisation demands. ”       For example, if a €100-million loan is made to a major industrial group to fund a project, the bank must be in a position to establish the probability of this group defaulting and the amount of money that would be lost in such an event. The investment bank uses a mathematical model that takes many parameters into account, such as the debtor’s business sector, the geographical area involved, the currency being used, etc. It simulates a million possible scenarios to see how its portfolio would behave and, also, to establish the amount of capital stock required.   For every operation and given scenario, the investment bank must assess the operation’s value at a given time. This is a legal obligation and the calculations, although very complex, must be performed at least every quarter. This means that calculations cannot be done using a desktop PC, however powerful it may be.   Like all major banking institutions, Crédit Agricole CIB uses a calculation grid, i.e. a tool linking a hundred or so calculation units to one another. The principle is both simple and complex. First of all, a complicated calculation is broken down into elementary calculations: in this case, one scenario for one operation. Subsequently, the elementary calculations are distributed across the grid. Finally, they are consolidated (or, in other words, aggregated) in order to get the final result.   In late 2012, Crédit Agricole CIB decided to entrust its risk-assessment module to TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer®, a grid-computing platform used throughout most of the investment-bank market. Crédit Agricole CIB then asked IT consultants INVIVOO, specialists in TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer®, to integrate the software into their system. When INVIVOO engineers began working on the project, they noticed that the simulation models ordered by users were generating difficult, lengthy developments. INVIVOO recommended using XComponent , a solution developed by the company’s software-publishing division, in order to handle the orchestration of the calculations and facilitate the monitoring of the operations. The INVIVOO team delivered the requested prototype on time, with the incorporated XComponent. TIBCO DataSynapse GridServer® and XComponent were deployed jointly in June 2013. “The user interface was highly ergonomic, all of the expected tasks were modelled and exception management was already integrated. What really appealed to me was the visual orchestration of the computer code,” explains Vincent Hardouin of Crédit Agricole CIB.   The XComponent visual interface provides a graphical overview of operations performed in a computer application. As a result, development work focuses on functionality bricks, rather than scanning thousands of code lines arranged sequentially.   “Calculation-grid operational maintenance became easier. It was then much simpler to modify the orchestration of calculations, since it was sufficient to just add a process and its related exceptions without having to scan thousands of code lines to modify a few. This simplification will help in responding easily to changes in regulations, generating modifications in risk calculations on a regular basis,” explains INVIVOO Chairman Guillaume Morel.   In addition, thanks to XComponent, quantitative analysts in charge of modelling risk calculations do not depend on IT in order to check whether a calculation is proceeding normally. “Although it is hard to establish, I believe that code maintainability has improved,” says Vincent Hardouin.   By the end of the first half of 2014, XComponent will be used in inserting a new support interface within the application to respond more efficiently in the event of a problem while performing calculations.   About INVIVOO Founded in 2004, INVIVOO of France specialises in the management and optimisation of information systems in the finance industry. At its core, INVIVOO’s strategy is about creating value for its customers and is based on three key areas of technology expertise: distributed real-time applications; grid computing and Cloud computing; and, finally, Business Intelligence. INVIVOO’s clients include France’s leading investment banks.   With XComponent, INVIVOO delivers breakthrough technology combined with an innovative approach to projects, leading to high-added-value, real-time and distributed professional applications. This software solution makes it possible to rationalise, secure and enhance all existing applications by steering them towards real-time capability.   For further information, please go to:  http://www.invivoo.com/EN/index.html For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3934 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

UBIFRANCE showcases innovative French players at Infosecurity 2014

Aurore Bernard - 01-avr.-2014 11:12:18

The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London will present nine innovative companies on the French Pavilion at the Infosecurity trade show, which will take place in central London (UK), from 29 April to 1 May 2014. These French-based companies will showcase their proven expertise in IT security, covering both products and services. France is home to numerous, internationally renowned players that specialise in protecting high-integrity networks and in supplying IT-security devices and services, which play a crucial role in protecting the IT infrastructure. The French-based participants are looking to develop partnerships in the UK and will be available for one-to-one business meetings on the French Pavilion (Stand M75) during Infosecurity 2014, to be held from 29 April to 1 May of this year, at the Earls Court exhibition centre, in central London. Companies on the French Pavilion are listed below; further information is available on request. Cilasoft Cilasoft is an international software house that specializes in security, audit, and compliance software for IBM Power Systems running the IBM i operating system. Its comprehensive audit-and-security suite includes QJRN/400, a system and database auditing solution; CONTROLER, a global access-control solution; DVM, an audit-read access solution; and, finally, EAM, an authority-management solution. In addition to its technical expertise, Cilasoft provides a range of first-class services, including consultancy for audit-and-integrity control as well as installation, support and training for the Cilasoft product suite. www.cilasoft.com Ercom Ercom is a manufacturer specializing in secure communications and wireless-network optimization. In 2013, the growth of the company’s Cryptosmart division actively contributed to an increase in orders for the group as a whole: the company’s overall sales figures have risen by 17% since 2012. Ercom continues to pursue its aim of improving its solutions and extending its activities worldwide. The company also plans to develop innovative solutions for data protection in the Cloud. www.ercom.com IDECSI IDECSI Access Analyzer ® is the only solution on the market that protects senior managers’ mailboxes from all types of risks without adding any constraint to users, or installing intrusive (or disruptive) components in the client company’s information systems. IDECSI Access Analyzer ® protects confidential and sensitive company data from previously undetected weaknesses such as malicious indiscretion and password theft by either hackers or colleagues – 80% of all data breaches are committed internally. www.idecsi.com ITrust ITrust is a security-software vendor headquartered in Toulouse. Founded in 2007, ITrust provides a disruptive vulnerability-scanning solution. IKare vulnerability-management software proactively scans network environments for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities. ITrust’s services include a Cloud-based vulnerability-scanning tool, with the advantage that the flexibility of the Cloud lowers the cost of use.   ITrust delivers its solutions through distributors, value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs). www.itrust.fr/en/ LEXSI LEXSI is a global provider of security technologies and services that are accessible 24 hours a day worldwide through ARGOS CyberProtect, a next-generation threat-protection platform. LEXSI’s CyberProtect portal provides companies with strategic, customized, and actionable intelligence, so that defence resources can be allocated where they are most needed. www.lexsi.com Mobiquant Technologies Mobiquant Technologies is a leader in enterprise-grade mobile-security management, covering the concepts of Mobile Security Management (MSM) and Mobile Unified Threat Management (m-UTM). Its innovative mobile-management platform provides feature-rich capabilities for daily operations within IT teams. Mobiquant’s platform includes NXSafeWave VPN, NXSafevoice, NXDefender Suite, NXOffice, NXTrustPKI, and many other unique mobile-IT patented technologies. These solutions enable the management of any device based on Apple iOS, Google Android, Knox, Microsoft Windows Phone, Tablet PC, RIM Blackberry, and Samsung Tizen. www.mobiquant.com Navista Navista offers an alternative to traditional operator offerings such as IP-VPN or MPLS. Navista, a virtual provider of internet-security solutions, brings an extensive Private Virtual Network solution to market, which allows for the secure exchange of information between distant internal worksites that communicate via the internet – a low-cost, minimally protected method. www.navista-security.com NOV’IT NOV’IT has developed Uhuru Mobile, a complete custom-secure operating system providing many security features including AV protection, low-level encryption, and SMS/VoIP encryption. Users are provided with their own personalized application market, through which each app is analyzed and certified before being made available for use. Uhuru Mobile also offers a complete range of mobile-device management tools and enables the user to solve security problems within mobile environments. www.uhuru-mobile.com OïkiaLog The main objective of OïkiaLog’s OSE solution is to facilitate the identification of suspicious events occurring on servers, which can be a sign of malicious activity or procedural errors. Every business, even those not subject to compliance regulation, must still pay close attention to security-monitoring and attack-detection solutions. In the case of a successful attack, business operations could be interrupted, resulting in reduced productivity, financial losses, and lasting reputational damage. www.oikialog.com About The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in London facilitates trade development between France and the UK. UBIFRANCE offers a wide range of services to French-based companies, so as to assist them in their business activities within the UK. As such, it organises B2B events in the form of conferences and networking opportunities. The French Trade Commission is organising the French Pavilion, which will be on Stand M75 at Infosecurity 2014. The trade show will take place from 29 April to 1 May 2014 at Earls Court, in central London (UK). For further information about Infosecurity 2014, please go to: http://www.infosec.co.uk/ For further information about UBIFRANCE in the UK, please go to: www.ubifrance.com/uk For further information, please contact : Quote ref. : FTPB3926 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/

Wingit gets the party started in London and Tel Aviv

Coline BORDET - 26-févr.-2014 13:46:40

Wingit, the mobile application that enables users to pinpoint events happening in real time around them, has expanded to London (UK) and Tel Aviv (Israel), after its successful launch in New York (USA) in late 2012. The new 2.3 version of the geo-social app, which has been fully redesigned to include streamlined navigation and a sleek iOS7 design, is free to download from the App Store.   Wingit’s founder and CEO Alban Sayag says: “Wingit is a mobile app that enables people to organize great last-minute get-togethers with their friends. It finds the user’s location and scans social networks in real time in order to push information about the coolest events happening in and around their current location. It can be anything from a street concert or an art demonstration to a party in a club.”   Wingit stands out from other geolocation applications on the market thanks to its powerful proprietary algorithm, which is used to cross-reference the user’s current position with millions of pieces of information collected from social networks (such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) in order to find the most exciting and inspiring events taking place nearby, or about to take place in the neighbourhood where the person happens to be.   The events Wingit picks up can, for instance, consist of a jazz concert at a nearby bar, or the preview of an art exhibition open to the public at an art gallery in the next street, or a show by a stand-up comedian that would be about to start in a pub a few hundred yards away from where the user and his (or her) friends are.   It should be stressed that the app is free from advertising and pushes only relevant information with regard to the user’s current time and immediate position, avoiding unnecessary spam.   Alban Sayag explains: “The purpose of Wingit is not to create a new social network, but a social-networking platform whose main functionality is to find content and share it with others. It is easy to discover if friends are nearby, tell them about a cool event, and invite them to come along. Users can also create their own event and post it on the timeline. Wingit users never miss a great occasion to have fun!”   Having worked for several years in the IT sector, Alban Sayag came up with the idea for Wingit and started to create and develop the app and its algorithm with a group of developers in India. In September 2012, Wingit was launched as a pilot project in New York (USA). The application was rolled out over several districts including Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and, once it had gained a sufficiently large audience, the company’s founders were able to secure significant Series A funding to grow the business.   Thanks to $1.1million worth of funding from solid investors – including venture capitalists, business angels and banks – Wingit has the means to expand and adapt its content to a number of cities around the world. London and Tel Aviv were added at the end of 2013 and dozens of others, including Paris, are expected to be incorporated in 2014.   Wingit can be downloaded for free from the App Store, where it has recently been featured in the What’s Hot – Social Networking section, and will be available on the Android platform in the second half of 2014.   About Wingit   Wingit is a free mobile application that enables users to find events that are currently (or soon to be) happening around them. Its powerful proprietary algorithm screens the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) to find up-to-date information on cultural and other events. This information is then cross-referenced with the current location of the user and notifications of nearby events are pushed to the mobile device.   Wingit was launched in New York (USA) by CEO Alban Sayag in 2012. It is now being rolled out in London (UK) and in Tel Aviv (Israel), and is due to expand to a number of other cities during 2014, including Paris (France).   Wingit is free to download from the App Store and will be available on Android platforms towards the end 2014.   To view Wingit’s short introductory video-clip, please go to: https://vimeo.com/86883287   For further information about the company, please go to: www.wingit.so     For further information, please contact :    Quote ref. : FTPB3917 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Mining Essential’s Android app cuts to the chase at MWC 2014

Coline BORDET - 11-févr.-2014 16:25:46

Mining Essential, a specialist in the development of software solutions for the automatic summarization of online text-based information, will be showcasing its new Essential Summarizer Android application for multilingual text summary at Mobile World Congress (MWC). The application produces automated summaries of electronic documents in over 20 languages. The trade show is taking place from 24 to 27 February 2014 in Barcelona (Spain).   Mining Essential, a French company based near Paris, has developed Essential Summarizer, an Android application offering multilingual electronic-text summary. This application, which is available to download in Google Play, allows the user to follow the essential points of the latest news stories by automatically summarizing electronic documents such as search-engine extracts, news articles and Tweets.   Mining Essential, which specialises in software solutions for the automated summarizing of online text-based information, will be showcasing its innovative technology at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair, due to take place in Barcelona (Spain) from 24 to 27 February of this year. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall 5 (Stand 5B61, Station 54).   Essential Summarizer has been developed over a period of 18 years following extensive R&D and works primarily on intelligent sentence extraction, using both linguistic and semantic methods. The application is able to summarize documents in over 20 languages – Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.   Essential Summarizer is compatible with search engines such as Bing, Google, Wikipedia, Yahoo and Baidu (in China). It is also able to summarize news from Google and MSN as well as documents attached to Tweets from leading newspapers in six countries – Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the USA.   The solution developed by Mining Essential is available as an Android application to download to smartphones and tablet devices. Several packages are available, including a downloadable single-user version; a version accessible in SaaS-subscription mode; a version that is accessible via a server installation providing a Java API; and, finally, a Java web-service version for integration into third-party applications.   Essential Summarizer covers more than 150 thematic areas with its innovative text-mining features. The application’s key functionalities include text-by-text summary with choice of thematic area, n summaries for n source texts, and multi-document synthesis.   About Mining Essential   Mining Essential was founded in 2008 and is a specialist in the development of software solutions for the automatic summarization of online text-based information. Over the course of nearly 20 years of research and development, Mining Essential has developed a patented semantic technology based on linguistic markers that enables the user to produce automatic text summaries in over 20 languages.   Mining Essential will be showcasing its Essential Summarizer application at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, which will take place from 24 to 27 February 2014 in Barcelona (Spain). MWC is one of the world’s leading events for mobile telecommunications, services and content. The company will be exhibiting on the French Pavilion, in Hall 5 of the trade fair (Stand 5B61, Station 54).   Mining Essential is also due to attend various trade shows across the Middle East: Arabnet, in Beirut (Lebanon), from 4 to 6 March 2014; GITEX, in Dubai (UAE), from 11 to 16 October 2014; and, finally, Arabnet again, in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), in December 2014.   For further information about the trade show, please go to: www.mobileworldcongress.com   For further information about the company, please go to: www.essential-mining.com     For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3913 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

Lyon weathers economic storm to post positive results for 2013

Coline BORDET - 10-févr.-2014 15:39:35

In contrast with the economic environment in the rest of France, marked by reduced levels of foreign investment, ADERLY-Invest in Lyon, the Lyon Area Economic Development Agency, is releasing an upbeat 2013 end-of-year report this week, showing even better results for the region than in previous years. This performance demonstrates the resilience of France’s metropolitan areas, with Lyon setting the example.   With 77 new companies setting up across the region in 2013 and 1,825 jobs to be created in the next three years, ADERLY, the development agency for Lyon and its surrounding area, has exceeded its goals: indeed, in 2013, the economy of the Lyon region performed better than in previous years, despite particularly tough competition and a strained economic climate across much of France and the Eurozone.   The year 2013 saw a sharp slowdown in foreign direct investment (FDI) in France, confirmed by numerous economic indicators and international reports: in 2013, FDI, in France, fell to $5.7 billion, in value, down 77% on 2012, according to early estimates by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).   Lyon did not entirely escape the recession, which affected several projects handled by ADERLY. This can be seen in certain key indicators in the report. Two strong trends were noted: the smaller size of projects and the growing presence of investors closer to home. Out of the 77 new company set-ups, 55% were backed by foreign capital, compared with 65% in previous years.   Among the foreign investors, ADERLY noted lower investment flows coming from the USA, but higher levels of investment originating in neighbouring countries — Belgium and Switzerland, in particular, with eight and four projects respectively. Levels of Asian investment remained stable.   In this context, Lyon was able to maintain strong results in terms of attractiveness: the ADERLY teams made the necessary adjustments in their approach to prospecting, which brought in a 60% rise in new projects, by highlighting the structural advantages of the Lyon urban area to best meet the needs of investors.   Lyon used its strengths in specialized areas in order to focus its prospecting activity on sectors of excellence, on projects with high value in terms of innovation, and on the advanced-services sector. The 77 new projects already mentioned include 30 in the green-tech sector — an area that is a stated priority for local authorities — the setting-up of 10 R&D centres and the launch of 27 decision-making centres.   In 2013, Lyon’s strong fundamentals helped offset a weak national economic environment, which has been decried publicly by 50 large foreign-based investors with business interests and operations within France. [See article published in French business daily Les Echos in December 2013 under the headline: 50 entreprises étrangères installées en France tirent la sonnette d’alarme, i.e. 50 foreign companies with a presence in France sound the alarm.]   Lyon’s location, its vibrant economy and, especially, its leading position in key sectors and major urban-renewal projects have helped make the metropolitan area and its region a preferred alternative to Paris. The local dynamics can also be seen in the volume of real-estate uptake for business premises in the Greater Lyon area in 2013, and in local development projects recently announced by major companies already present in the region, such as Sanofi and Manitowoc.   About ONLYLYON   ONLYLYON is a communication initiative that was launched in 2007 in order to promote a variety of aspects of the city of Lyon (France’s second biggest city) to an international audience. Lyon is the first city in France to have its own territorial marketing strategy, and the only city in the country whose initiative, in this respect, is backed by a group of almost 20 internationally renowned institutional and economic partners.   The ONLYLYON marketing strategy aims to promote the metropolitan area of Lyon and its region as a European beacon of economic excellence, capitalizing on the region’s proven leadership in sectors such as the environment, health, technology, textiles and urban transport. ONLYLYON also seeks to underline the region’s cultural attractions across sectors including heritage, history, gastronomy and tourism.   ADERLY is the economic development agency for the Lyon area and is a key member of the group of partner-agencies supporting the ONLYLYON initiative.   For further information, please go to: www.onlylyon.com   For further information, please contact :   Quote ref. : FTPB3912 Ms Kate RILEY - Press Officer UBIFRANCE Press Office in London Tel: +44 (0) 207 024 3640 kate.riley@ubifrance.fr View other press releases at : http://www.ubifrance.com/uk/  

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