The historic clockmaking sector is still very present in Besançon and gives the town its hallmark. Unique know-how coupled with the ability to innovate and the talent of young creators and new watchmaking workshops make Grand Besançon an uncontested benchmark in the deluxe goods field. High precision has found its seal of approval here.
Microtechnology, state-of-the-art medicine, industry, construction, craftsmanship, private service industries and public services, agriculture, innovation—with such a rich economic fabric, the Besançon area offers a solid platform that benefits from enterprise creativity, diversity, a heavy density of SMBs, public support for employment, and closeness to Switzerland.
Nourished by its roots and its history, by the prodigious wind of progress and a global outlook, Besançon invents, innovates, develops. Creative audacity like this is what forges the area’s reputation. The heartbeat of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and the epicentre of the Franco-Swiss cross-border arc, it is an astonishingly modern conurbation, an ultra-connected territory with high living standards and even higher potential.
In the great tradition of the worldwide cradle of clockmaking, the Besançon area is enjoying the incredible boom in microtechnology and next-generation medicine. Enough to set the economy vibrating along with the university world and all the life it entails.
This technologically oriented 250-hectare site, where microtechnology and healthcare rule the roost, hosts over 100 companies with high-profile research laboratories and two engineering schools. They work in high-added-value, cutting-edge industrial fields (aerospace, optics, ticketing technology, watchmaking, deluxe goods, medtech, smart systems, biomedicine, jewellery, and more). There are currently almost 4,000 people working daily in this iconic Bourgogne-Franche-Comté business park.
In the Franche-Comté region, most especially in Besançon, in activities ranging from microsurgery to medical implants, 250 local businesses are directly or indirectly involved in the worldwide biomedical production boom. This is a true cluster, a member of the French Tech network, with its mixture of university campuses and specific training, research centre, regional university hospital with international outreach, businesses, microtechnology competitiveness cluster, and dedicated properties.
Since the 2000s, the Besançon area has been a forerunner in the development of high and very high bandwidth digital networks. A proactive strategy has facilitated the development of very high bandwidth across the whole area by bringing users (individuals and business) together with optical fibre. Besançon was accredited with the Ville Internet @@@@@ label in 2008.