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Presentation of Business Life

2,000 enterprises and 800 shops are established in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. When asked for the reasons they established here, business leaders respond with five key factors: the quality of living and working conditions; the effectiveness of the transportation infrastructure; the potential for economic development; the prestige and renown of the City; the diversity of the real estate stock; the City's international dimension; the attractive taxation regime…

In combination, these positive factors make our city an exceptional location, offering enterprises optimal set-up conditions. Employees enjoy both excellent working and living conditions.

Saint-Germain-en-Laye : Twenty Minutes from Paris

Saint-Germain-en-Laye enjoys a strategic location near Paris. A transportation network connects the City to all of the capital's key centres (airports, TGV stations, business centres) via public transportation and road access… By 2015, the 'Tangentielle Grand Ouest' (tram-train line) will connect Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Saint-Cyr l’École (RER train line C) with the RER A train terminal via Camp des Loges. An extension to the north towards Poissy and Achères will place Saint-Germain-en-Laye in the centre of the Versailles-Cergy 'tangentielle' suburban railway line.

Diversified Real Estate Stock

For enterprises in the tertiary or high technology sectors, the City offers a wide variety of available spaces, for hire or for purchase.There is currently 120,000 m2 of office space built, divided between Bel Air (30,000 m2), Péreire Park (8,500 m2), les Tanneries royales (8,000 m2), and offices in the City Centre (office spaces of 20 to 700 m2), in addition to several business centres.

High Quality Infrastructure for Communications and Building Visibility

While Saint-Germain-en-Laye has been cabled since 1989, the City continues to be a communications pioneer. All services offered via cable are made available to enterprises:

  • Since 2000: Internet access via cable and ADSL.
  • In 2004, a high speed data network was installed. A high-performance digital telecommunications network enables enterprises to benefit from technological conditions that are highly favourable for growth (the France Telecom network and the “Digital Yvelines” network of the General Council).
  • The City can also provide specialised and varied venues to meet business needs, whether for the organisation of a seminar or a public relations operation.

An International Vocation

Saint-Germain-en-Laye is also the registered office of several internationally-minded enterprises, whether they are companies focused on exports or subsidiaries of foreign groups: Ford, Pall, Cargill, Bose, Genzyme, Kontron Medical...

Moreover, its population is also very cosmopolitan: approximately 5,000 foreign nationals live in our city, of which approximately 60% are nationals from OECD countries: The United States, Europe, Australia, Japan.

Our city's international dimension may in large part be explained by the presence on its communal territory of the Lycée international, an institution devoted to multilingual education, unique in its kind in France. The origin of the Lycée dates back to the creation, in 1952, of a school intended for the children of the command staff of allied forces in Europe.

Today, it is one of the jewels of Saint-Germain-en-Laye's educational institutions, with 11 national sections: German, American, British, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, Danish, and Polish (since 2004).

CONTACT : Saint-Germain-en-Laye Economic Service

 The service is at the disposal of enterprises to welcome them, present them to the City, guide them through their administrative procedures and answer all of their questions.

For further information: Administrative Centre
86-88, rue Léon-Désoyer

Tel: 01 30 87 22 27


Community Association

Saint-Germain-enterprises - BECOM - 18, rue Saint-Vincent - 01 30 87 14 14 - E-mail: stger[at]wanadoo[dot]fr

The purpose of this community association is to facilitate encounters and exchanges between business leaders, in order to collectively consider their concrete day-to-day problems and improve the level of responsiveness on the part of the authorities concerned.

Once a month, the members of the community association meet, either during breakfast meetings where current topics developed by competent third party facilitators are addressed, or within the framework of evenings known as "19-21" that serve as open forums.