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Company Formation Services in Lyon

Updated on Wednesday 10th January 2018

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Company-formation-services-in-LyonFrance is made of several regions, one of the most prolific ones being Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes with the regional capital in Lyon. After Paris, Lyon is the third largest city in France and it has one of the most prolific economies in this part of the country.

Foreign investors who want to start a business in France can choose Lyon to set up their operations, as the city is the second most preferred location for opening a company after the capital Paris.

Our company formation consultants in France can assist enterprisers who want to start companies in Lyon, as well as in other cities.

Company registration steps in Lyon, France

Foreign investors who want to open companies in Lyon must follow the same steps as for a business in any other French city. The steps for starting a business in Lyon are:

  • -          selecting the structure of the business;
  • -          choosing and reserving the company name;
  • -          drafting the incorporation documents;
  • -          opening a corporate bank account and depositing the share capital;
  • -          filing the incorporation documents with the Trade Register;
  • -          register for tax purposes;
  • -          obtaining a VAT number.

Depending on the activities of the company, certain special licenses or permits issued by the Lyon municipality must be obtained.

Our French company formation advisors can guide you through the company incorporation procedures in Lyon.

Why start a company in Lyon?

Many foreign investors ask why they should choose to open their businesses in Lyon instead of Paris, so here are a few interesting facts about what this city has to offer:

  • -          Lyon was ranked as the best city for company executives;
  • -          Lyon has one of the largest talent pools in France when it comes to finding employees;
  • -          the city has more than 2 million inhabitants which make it one of the most thriving regional economies in the country;
  • -          Lyon is a smart city;
  • -          it is also the second largest business parks in France, with 30% lower company operating costs compared to Paris.

Among the best industries to invest in Lyon are research and development (R&D), life sciences, automotive and manufacturing.

For more information on why you should start a business and the services available in Lyon, please contact our company registration agents in France.

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