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A business-friendly area

A business-friendly area

Got projects? Looking to grow your business? Come to Oise! Oise is welcoming and accessible, innovative and forward-looking.

A dynamic boosted by the European megalopolis

Close to the northern European markets, the area enjoys proximity to the European megalopolis, home to the continent’s largest business and decision-making centers (London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Amsterdam…). Oise itself boasts 250,000 inhabitants but is located near a market potential of 14 million consumers. Its geography features nearby coasts (the Channel, North Sea), the European Northern Range, a global-scale maritime route with nearby commercial ports (Le Havre, Dunkirk).

Thanks to its airport, Oise is finally at the crossroads of major European cities, with the following destinations just a 2-hour flight away: Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London, Budapest, Belgrade, Warsaw….

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Oise, land of ambition

Oise, at the gates of the Paris region, has a central role in the national and European landscape. Witness its industrial jobs and the diversity of its activities, a food processing sector with a strong regional presence, but above all, its manufacturing industry, a local economic engine and source of a great many jobs. To secure its place, Oise has had the foresight to build quality infrastructure: highways, nearby airports of Paris Beauvais and Roissy, high-speed train with possible connection at Creil Roissy, and of course the Seine-Northern Europe Canal.

Well linked to dynamics thanks to communications routes, Oise is connected both to the gates of Greater Paris and to the Hauts-de-France region: a 40-minute drive to Paris by the A1 (50 km), 25 minutes by train (from Creil, the leading train station in the Picardie department), 25 minutes from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport and from the Paris Beauvais Airport. In the east, Oise is served by the A1 highway (Paris/Brussels) and in the west by the A16 highway (Paris/cross-Channel)…. The Oise river, which crosses the department, makes river transport possible for businesses .

In addition to these advantages are universities, research and training facilities, the noteworthy arrival of fiber optic cable for everyone and the deployment of very high speed broadband. Oise is a many-faceted area, combining urban and rural areas as well as simultaneously meeting the needs of mobile inhabitants and the imperatives of economic dynamism and environmental preservation. Quality of life and tourism make for a formidable advantage for the area, whether through Senlis, a medieval city rich in art and history, or Chantilly, celebrated for its castle and vast stables, not to mention Compiègne, an imperial city…

The Oise boasts strategic features to export by water, land and air!

At the heart of territories, thanks to river transport

A concessionaire of river transport platforms, Oise’s CCI commits to a strategic priority built around two main orientations: develop port activity and invest to improve competitiveness.

Port equipment to effectively meet transport needs  Wholehearted supporter of river transport, the Oise CCI is a concessionaire of the ports of Nogent sur Oise and St Leu d’Esserent.

CCI Oise’s strategy in developing river transport aims, in partnership with local governments and institutions, to offer waterway clients a range of port infrastructures throughout our geographic area in order to optimize transport costs by reducing offload delays.

The Hauts-de-France ports join forces to “become the logistical hub of northwest Europe”

Hauts-de-France development actors have, in recent decades, set up pro-active policies in the domain of cargo transport and logistics. The Hauts-de-France area is a leading logistic array whose potential evolution nonetheless requires a new and strong regional approach.

Today, the CCIs of Nord de France and Picardie regions, in partnership with the Large Maritime Port of Dunkirk, wish to join their forces to succeed in this shared goal, through the setup of a new entity named “Ports des Hauts-de-France”.

Define a high-quality logistic system The aim of the association is to “structure the port network of the newly expanded region in order to propose a sustainable economic development strategy for maritime and river transport linked directly to the Seine-Nord Europe in the Hauts-de-France region.

For all river transport logistical studies, don’t hesitate to contact us: ports(at)cci-oise(dot)fr

The Seine-Northern Europe Canal: an essential logistical and industrial tool

This project is a genuine opportunity for businesses, a considerable factor for economic development, employment and the environment.

The Seine-Escaut link is a project which, with a new large-scale canal, will link the port of Le Havre to Benelux. For that, this 106-km canal must connect the Oise to the Dunkirk-Escaut canal.

Oise, a strategic location to import, export, transport by waterway.

A connected and forward-looking territory

The deployment of Very High Bandwidth

By 2020, all of Oise will be connected to Very High Bandwidth with optical fiber. The deployment of VHB is a major stake in the competitiveness and economic attractiveness of the territory. Ultimately, more than 10,000 km of optical fiber will be deployed. This will make Oise the first dual urban-rural area of its scale to be fully connected in Europe.

State of the art training centers

Oise features internationally recognized institutions of higher education, notably the Technology University of Compiègne and the LaSalle de Beauvais Institute, which add to the territory’s attractiveness and where the innovations of tomorrow are imagined and designed. Each year, no fewer than 11,000 students are trained in Oise and nearly half of these students are enrolled in an engineering school.

Technology University of Compiègne

Created in 1972, the TUC is today ranked among the best engineering schools in France. It was the first among an international network of 4 technology universities, as it led to the creation of the TUT (Troyes), the TUBM (Belfort-Montbéliard) and the TUseuS (Shanghai).

Combining the advantages of a public university with those of top-level engineering school, the TUC trains “contemporary engineers”, aware of the complexity of the business world and the current socio-economic context. As proof of its innovative spirit, the TUC has opened a unique site in France: an innovation hub. Numerous laboratories, at the forefront of their domains, are located on the site, designed to stimulate a desire to create, start up a business, innovate!

LaSalle Beauvais Polytechnic Institute

A flourishing top-level Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences engineering school, LaSalle Beauvais gathers all facilities necessary for learning and research on two sites: a campus located in Beauvais (less than 1 hour from Paris) as well as a campus in Rouen.

Established on a 24-hectare campus, notably including a farm and 1100 rooms, the LaSalle de Beauvais Polytechnic Institute offers its students a complete learning experience, supported by high-level research. In all, 1800 students study in such fields as of agronomy, food processing, health foods, geology, environment, land planning and business sciences. To round out their work, students have access to a competitiveness pole, a food-processing technology platform, research facilities, as well as partnerships with the INRA, the INERIS, etc.

A land of innovation

A tradition of R&D

The Oise department, traditionally very industrial, has developed its research and development potential for many years. Noteworthy is the presence of private research centers linked to large industrial groups such as Nestlé, AGCO, Cray Valley, Arkema, St Gobain, … In Picardie, private research supports 80% of the sector’s expenses and provides 75% of the region’s R&D employment.

Moreover, renowned public research centers such as the INERIS or the CETIM are well established. The industrial specificities of the region, such as agriculture and transport, foster the development and emergence of lines of research linked to two competitiveness poles in the Oise: “Industries and Agro-Resources” and “I-Trans”.

They are named Poclain Hydraulics, Colgate Palmolive, AGCO, Isagri, Biocodex, BASF, Montupet, Nestlé, Sanofi, Givenchy, Chanel, Weldom, Saint Gobain, Bostik, Cornilleau, Saverglass, Plastic Omnium, Matra electronics, Valeo, plus Oleon and Novance… These SMEs-SMIs or multinationals have one common point: they are established and produce in Oise, like more than 20,000 other Oise businesses generating nearly 130,000 jobs.

A land of innovation, Oise is a paradise of entrepreneurship. Where startups flourish, older companies prosper adapt to new technologies developed on our territory. More than a hundred Oise-based companies are leaders in their markets. Essentially located in three labor market areas in Beauvais, Creil and Compiègne, their origins are found in diverse sectors: plastics technology, construction, food processing, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, transportation and logistics, automobile, aeronautics…


Rooted in the history of Oise, forward-looking companies based in the territory have adapted to society’s evolution. For them, innovation is a tradition. These companies which make up the Oise have common features: they take advantage of an area at the heart of northern Europe but also know-how and quality labor, both motivated and conscientious, who promote “Made in France” products throughout the world. They also benefit from top-class innovation and research infrastructures in the different economic areas of the department.

As a land of innovation, Oise is the birthplace of numerous original and promising concepts. These innovations are often dreamed up by students of the engineering schools based in the department.

Projects of the future for Oise

  • AIRTECH, a European-scale hub of excellence consisting of three main orientations in the Beauvais-Tillé economic area:
  • AIRTECH CAMPUS – devoted to training, notably for airport and tourism professions. All of 4600 m2 dedicated to training;
  • AIRTECH CENTER – business center and support for startups. 3700 m2 for innovation ;
  • AIRTECH EXPO – space intended for organizing international events and trade fairs in Beauvais at the edge of the airport. 9700 m2 of covered floor space in 3 separate buildings and 15,000 m2 of exhibition space outside.

The creation of a pole of excellence enables the grouping, in one activity area in Oise, of a campus for learning, large and small companies, creators of innovative projects, traveling professionals through the organization of trade fairs or seminars… Located at the crossroads of major European communications routes and close to the Paris region, this pole of excellence is a great asset and real vector of economic development for the department.