Nice, the flagship city of the French Riviera is the 5th largest city in France by population and thanks to major projects such as Acropolis, Sophia Antipolis, the Palais des Congrès and its international airport (the 2nd largest in France after Paris). Indeed, Nice is widely open to industrial, scientific and high-tech activities.
It is the capital of the Maritime Alps which run along the Mediterranean Sea, with Monaco and the Italian border to the east. The French Riviera and its hinterland have world famous industrial and tourist treasures, a palette of Provence landscapes and cultures.
Its economic strength.
The economy of the Alpes-Maritimes is characterized by the importance of the tertiary sector. In addition to tourist activities and traditional services, the department has a high number of research and superior tertiary sector companies. On the industrial side, there are pharmaceutical companies and specialized family businesses. Alongside subsidiaries of large groups, the vast majority of companies in the area have less than 10 employees.
From Nice to Sophia Antipolis, from Carros to Grasse, Côte d’Azur industry is renowned in the food industry, NICTs, microelectronics, mechanics, construction and public works, space and electricity.
Higher education and its two main poles:
Nice and Sophia-Antipolis, are part of these ecosystems.
The Sophia-Antipolis technopole is mainly specialized in high technology and NICT: it has several engineering schools. Sophia-Antipolis, Europe’s leading technopole and a world reference in innovation, has more than 2,000 companies in sectors such as digital technology, health sciences, chemistry, the environment and earth sciences…
Nice, in addition to its university offers courses in plastic arts and business schools, EDHEC, IPAG Business School and for example its dual curriculum Engineering and Management (such as the Management Innovation and Technology program), IAE, ISC and also Skema Business School in Sofia Antipolis…
The fragrance industry:
It is the main economic pillar of Grasse with a network of about sixty companies. The rare scents of the Pays de Grasse (lavender, myrtle, jasmine, rose, wild orange blossom, mimosa) earned Grasse the title of perfume world capital as early as in the 17th century. In November 2018, the know-how related to the perfume of Grasse was registered on the list of the intangible cultural patrimony of Humanity.
The industrial zone of Carros is the most important of the department, it covers nearly 200 hectares and counts 550 companies.
Tourism in the Alpes-Maritimes represents 13 million visitors (2019) who come to enjoy sublime landscapes, preserved nature and a rich cultural heritage. More than half are foreigners. The weight of tourism on the territory exceeds 7 billion euros.
With a partner sharing his time between Paris and the region, Fitch Bennett Partners accompanies its local partners in order to respond to their problems in terms of Recruitment, assessment, Internal Mobility.
Beyond the Alpes Maritimes and Monaco, Fitch Bennett Partners also assists its clients in the Var and the Bouches du Rhone.